Hi, today will be a quick post only because I haven’t done one for a while. I have been working on a Judy Niemeyer quilt, one which I have been working on forever, or at least it feels like it and I will show that to you along with how I do curved piecing in the next post. I have been working on this pattern for so long I don’t even think she sells it anymore.
It’s hard sometimes to write a blog, I really enjoy writing, however, I find that since I work from home there can literally be days where I don’t even really leave the house so nothing much happens that would be the least bit interesting to either write or read about.
A Good Reminder
Now, this post is not quilt related at all, however, it was a really good reminder of life’s golden rule. Recently, I was helping someone out, I was getting paid for it, but I didn’t need the money and/or the work. It felt good getting out of the house though and interacting with people and I enjoyed the work for the most part. It was really only one shift a week so didn’t interfere much with my businesses.
Well, it turned out this was a great reminder and lesson of why I now work for myself. What is it with people who have businesses that employ other people, that they feel they have to treat their staff as ignorant and less than? Yes, they may have been running a successful business for a while (or not) and they certainly have experience in their field however just because someone takes a low paying job doesn’t mean that they are ignorant or do not deserve respect.
Treating people with dignity and respect is always a good idea. The other thing I have discovered, in both working for larger and small businesses it is always a good idea to have things written down in an operations manual. This makes it easy for new staff to read so that they know exactly how the employer wants things done and is also a good reminder to older staff for the odd thing that only comes up once and awhile. This is helpful for both parties as if it is left for word of mouth the employer may think they have told a staff member something when in fact they actually haven’t.
Treat People With Respect
I have worked in many different capacities now and I have had some really excellent bosses and some really, really bad ones and everything in between. The good ones treat you as a team member, someone who is important to the running of the business, they ask for your input and respect your opinions. The bad ones disregard your knowledge or experience, throw you under a bus and just generally try to make you feel small. Of course, they do this because they don’t feel good about themselves. Kinda sad really!
This wasn’t really the case here it was more of miscommunication and the store owner not handling things in a professional manner. I am not going to go into details, however, I have come to a stage in my life where if I am not treated with dignity and respect then I am simply not going to work for you. Plain and simple really. I am giving by nature and really love to help. In the past, I have found, that because I didn’t want to make trouble I have actually let people walk all over me. In this past year, I have learned to stand up for myself, say what needs to be said, always with dignity and respect (two wrongs don’t make a right) and move on when treated badly.
Onwards and upwards and maybe I will think twice now before offering to help. That sounds awful though doesn’t it? I shouldn’t have to think like that. At least I don’t let myself be walked on anymore.
Celebrate the life lessons!! Now back to quilting way more enjoyable!