5 comments on “Cleaning Lady 

  1. I appreciate both photos. Bev and i go a way, way back. As I’ve said on occasion, I get along better, am more impressed, and have more respect for the cleaning ladies than I do for some of the managers. Yes, she’s under contract, but 20 years ago she was a fed employee made surplus by their going to contract. I think at the time she was making $10 an hour then it went to $4 an hour. The company owner was charging $20 an hour and pocketing the difference.
    Even at Christmas we would have a collection for the cleaning ladies. Interesting that decades of her loyalty means zero. If they cared, they would have given an award regardless. JohnC.

    • In fact Robin Clewy rose to the occasion and on his own initiative he got Bev a Suffield plate And had a brass plate fixed to it with her name and thanks. Ironic considering that the Centre Director just had a section meeting with us where he read from his corporate script. He impressed upon us that they have taken “leadership” workshops to help with workplace moral. Our CD reminds me of Ebenezer in a Christmas Carol. One of the most moving statements in this Christmas tale is by Marley’s Ghost when despairing over “life’s opportunities misused.” Scrooge, trembling with fear and beginning to share in Marley’s guilt, says: “But you were always a good man of business, Jacob.” Upon which the Ghost cried out in anguish: Business! Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were all my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!

  2. Business leaders who adopt the attitude that anyone is replaceable, thinking they can simply hire someone with a greater skillset or someone with a more prestigious pedigree, are fooling themselves. When a company has a truly great employee, that employee carries value that simply cannot be replaced. They have extensive product, systems, and process knowledge. They hold client relationships that have been built over many years or could take years to duplicate. And great employees have camaraderie and influence with their coworkers, which when lost, has an impact on the corporate/company’s culture within. She was a great lady and truly a bad decision by those upper echelon people.

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