December 28, 2015

Some Short New Year’s Resolutions

By Paul Bieber

I will call all of my accounts when they are 60 days past due.

I will stop at every hole in the ground and ask who the GC is on this job, and call this GC, ASAP.

I’ll have a summer picnic where the employee’s full family is invited. Nothing beats this to improve employee morale.

I will root for the NY Mets.

I will look at a mistake on the job as a teaching opportunity rather than screaming at the offender.

I will get all of the junk, old glass, metal and STUFF off my trucks. Talking off 500 lbs of STUFF will get me an extra 1-2 miles per gallon.

I’ll pay my vendors on time, and if I can’t, I’ll call them to work a plan before they call me.

I will donate to the local Little League when they come a-knocking on my door.

I will emphasize safety, making sure all employees in the shop or on the trucks wear steel-toed boots, safety glasses, gloves and hard hats when carrying glass or working at a job site.

I will contract with a local walk-in clinic to see anyone with a minor injury. Paying this directly without going through worker’s comp will save a lot of money!

I will spend at least five percent of my time learning about new products and glazing techniques. I know the more I learn and then teach to my employees, the more successful my business will become.

I will repaint my trucks in blue and orange, the NY Mets team colors.

I will have a well-prepared and organized employee review with each employee I supervise, on the anniversary of their employment. No excuses.

I will understand that assets like machinery and trucks don’t make me money. People are the greatest asset a company can have. Just as you do regular preventive maintenance on machinery, do this type of program with your people.

I will clean and organize my shop, as a clean shop reduces injuries and prevents further waste in glass and metal when things can’t be found.

And, in case you didn’t get the theme of this blog—GO METS!

Oh, Elaine and I wish a wonderful, safe and healthy, and prosperous New Year to all of my readers. This means you!