You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

In our last staff meeting, I told my staff, “no more eating at your stations.†This was particularly intended for my production team. I’ve got employees standing at their presses, printing and pounding down a super-sized burrito at the same time. Not only is quality in jeopardy because they are using both hands eating this thing, but there’s also a chance that the end product will have a little salsa on the side. Anyway, the very next day after issuing this edict, one of my operators grabs his lunch and his iPod and heads to the front office. He proceeds to find an account manager’s desk (who happens to be out on his lunch break), plops himself down, pulls up YouTube on the computer, plugs in his headset and begins to eat his lunch while now sitting in front of other teammates, customers, and me. I guess he took “no more eating at your station†literally, and eating at someone else’s station as not a problem. Like I said, you just can’t make this stuff up. On another – more serious – note, the other day, I was sitting at my desk sipping on a glass of water. One of my employees came in to “share with me†some things going on in the office. In the middle of the conversation I started to choke, my water went down the wrong pipe. Well, I continued to choke and gasp for air to the point at which my employee began to do the Heimlich maneuver on me. As this was not working as he thought it should, he began to panic and call out for help. Now there were three people all standing there, not knowing what to do. I calmed myself down and was eventually able to get air to flow through my air passages – thank goodness. However, the entire experience was very scary for all of us. The lesson learned here was the fact that everyone on staff needs to have emergency training. To watch a teammate in trouble and not know how to help is a terrible feeling. My staff felt helpless, scared, and embarrassed that they didn’t know what to do. Since this incident, I have found a Worksite Wellness Program sponsored by the YMCA. They will provide all sorts of programs based on the needs of our current staff. They will provide speakers from health care agencies, conduct exercise programs, diet programs, refer us to CPR training classes, and many other needed wellness programs. The good news is that 90% of it is free and the programs are designed specifically for our group and individual needs. I would highly recommend that you contact your local YMCA to find out if this special grant program for Worksite Wellness is available in your area.

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