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We’ve spoken about children at work, and the effects of family illness.
How about critters?
What role (if any) do pets have in business?
I figure there are three schools of thought:
Corporate environments in which the prospect of pets is laughable.
Home / small offices that consider critters de rigueur.
Places in [...]
Now hear this!
Speaking of music, do you use it at work?
Or would that fry your brain?
Below are a few case studies.
Let’s see if one calls your tune.
Almost every tradie I’ve seen has a battered boom box blasting brash commercial radio.
The station is always slightly de-tuned so the voicesss orrr gorrrbled and the [...]
Do you have hearth-and-home holidays?
As Easter and Anzac Day coincide, Fonnie’s taking three annual leave days for ten days off in a row.
We both sorely need this break, but we’re not going anywhere.
We’re spending our holiday at home.
How about you?
We’re so knackered from early starts, long days, big projects and weekend work, we need [...]
What’s your best time?
Thanks to MyCarBudget, last week’s discipline debate got me thinking about a kindred topic:
When do you do your best work?
Winston Churchill was notorious for grinding his staff to a paste.
They rocked up for work at the usual time.
He started late, napped in the arvo and went most of the night.
How do you curb your desires?
My tiler returned for an encore performance last week.
In chatting, he asked how I discipline myself to work from home.
My answer came easily enough, but it got me thinking more deeply:
Do we business owners approach self discipline in different ways?
I don’t really like television, apart from docos and [...]
The Force is strong with this one.
Rather less with this one.
Speaking of cameras, we should close the loop on our phone vs camera debate.
Thanks to your generous advice, a bit of soul searching and two omens, I was able to choose.
I bought a Panasonic Lumix TZ10 (DMC-ZS7) and a Nokia 1616.
I was [...]
Though illuminating, our Building Fences debate didn’t generate one fence builder inquiry.
Number 8’s dad is now doing her fence and Number 12 has decided to sell!
My great social media vs tradies experiment is a fizzer.
Or is it?
From Damp Squib to Space Rocket
I was set to conclude that tradespeople have no use for the internet.
Then I [...]
Photo by Sidd Jones of Dragon’s Landing.
Yesterday I had an interaction that was so wrong, on so many levels, I had to report it.
I was editing a State Government document at Empire House.
An agent of Federal Government Environment Policy arrived at my gate and pushed against the brick holding it shut.
He was a very [...]
When I cashed in my super and went feral, the first thing I did was create T-shirts.
Their design, production and sale yielded many lessons whose pain far exceeded their value.
I reproduce them here, in case you or a loved one are mad enough to contemplate a similar path.
1. Nobody cares if it’s local.
I spent weeks [...]
I work alone from my home office. Running your own business is great, but it can make you a bit paranoid.
Last year was tough and, as my only employee, I really carried the can.
When December came, I felt a party was needed to reward effort and boost morale.
I asked for volunteers to form a committee. [...]