A real favorite of owners was when one professional told them to just go home and fire someone. He said they could be indiscriminate because everyone usually has 10 percent more staff than they need. More famous was his “parking lot” story. That’s where an owner takes the whole staff out on the parking lots and says, “You’re fired, but I’m going back into the shop and when I find something I need done, I’m coming back out here and hiring someone.”
Well, we ran into a Florida printer who had done a version of the “parking lot story” 15 years earlier. We knew because every employee interviewed brought it up first as an example of how erratic the owner was. Interesting thing to me is that not one of the workers who are employed by him today was an employee when the incident took place. Rather, it has been handed down from worker to worker for 15 years and it was still fresh in everyone’s mind as if it happened yesterday.
But there are good examples of how printers can really help printers. Often, it is when a printer is facing both medical and business challenges and gains support and encouragement from other printers who have faced similar circumstances.
A real plus is when a peer learns about techniques and equipment from other printers. This is probably the best use of printers helping printers. Now, this is not to say that printers don’t have good thoughts on many topics; rather it is to say that just because peers agree doesn’t make them right. Instead, it takes a unique combination of printers and professionals to get to the root of best practices.
Anyway, those are some thoughts as the new printers’ association takes off. Hope this helps.