Retaining Good Employees Takes More Than Talk

I had a promotional interview in my workplace yesterday. I have been a dedicated, hardworking and loyal employee there for almost 15 years. I deserve a promotion. My supervisor will tell you that. Fellow employees will tell you that. If you were to ask customers what they think, the overwhelming response would be Mickey is great!

What prevents the promotion from happening? Politics and cronyism. Managers helping other managers. Other managers helping friends and family. Old fashioned cronyism trumps giving promotions to well deserving employees who have gone beyond the call of duty to serve customers and make those very same managers look good.

Shame, shame, shame on management everywhere who talk a lot about retention of good workers while they bring on their friends and family overlooking the same workers who make their companies profitable and keep the business running on all cylinders everyday.

This behavior has the opposite affect of retention. Employees who are passed over become unhappy, less productive and eventually start looking for employement elsewhere. If they are close to retirement age they look to retire early. Cronyism is just plain wrong and it is bad for business.


Washington is Out of Touch with American People

Politicians in Washington are sooooo (not a misspell) out of touch with the American people. Both Congress and the President claim to be doing what their constiguents want them to do. President Obama and Senator Boehner having been bickering so long about every issue they can’t see the trees through the forest.

Immigration reform and health reform are only two agenda items and two that should be easy to come up with answers for if Washington was not so dysfunctional. These things are not rocket science. If you walked the street of any city in America and grabbed six Republicans and six Democrats they could sit down at Starbucks and come up with solutions before finishing their second latte.

Republicans and Democrats are acting like children on the playground who still don’t know how to take turns and play well together. The average American just wants to scream, get these things done and then move on to pressing matters like:

  • Economic growth is still too slow and unemployment is way too high. DOW highs does not mean the economy is fixed.
  • Our roads, bridges, electrical grid, sewers and overall infrastructure get grades that would get you suspended from school.
  • Our public transportation lags behind even some developing countries. Taking Amtrak is still more of an adventure than a fast and effecient method of┬átransportation.
  • Disasters are waiting to happen because important projects are not happening. This blogger is in California where a drought has ravaged the state for more than three years. When the rains do come we have inadequate ┬ástorage facilities to save water for dry years. If the rains are heavy our levies are inadquate and we could see cities like Sacramento and the region flooded causing billions of dollars in damage exactly like we saw years ago in New Orleans.
  • And our schools. Oh my gosh we rank no where near the top for industrial nations in math, science and any other topics that are suppose to prepare the next generation to take over.

The President and Congress have totally misread what the people want. The latest victories by Republicans were not a vote for the status quoue and permission to keep bickering with the President. Do they want to find that out again in the next Presidential election? From what we have seen this week in Washington that certainly seems to be the case. Does the President want to help Republicans turn the American people off and make them even more disgruntled about both parties? From what we have seen this week in Washington that certainly seems to be the case.

Both parties need to put on their big boy and big girl panties, grow up and roll up their sleeves and get some work done.



Sacramento Housing Projects Update

11/9/2014-Sacramento, CA
There are many housing projects well underway and some about to get started in downtown Sacramento. Housing costs having increased as more people want to live in the city. This has been a trend for the past decade across the United States. The Sacramento Kings new arena under construction stokes the fire for other development projects along K Street and throughout Sacramento.