I’ve decided to start a new series of blog posts titled I Is What I Is…. Thank you for that title, Paula Deen. I was going to name the series What I’ve Learned but that seemed so boring and more than a little uppity. These short posts will come whenever something strikes me— no set schedule here. I Is What I Is… will be my attempt to explain, in stories and observations, how I continue to develop my attitude, worldview and the way in which I choose to live. Here is I Is What I Is… #2: Laziness is Rampant.
People are lazy.
I am of the opinion that folks have gotten very lazy in recent years.
Being an author of books for children, I have to deal with a ton of people on a daily basis. School principals, teachers, parents, marketing directors, reporters, owners of various other businesses, festival coordinators, etc. This list could literally go on for a few more paragraphs.
And it seems that the higher position of authority a person has, the more lazy they become.
Take, for instance, our school visits. They are complimentary. Never once have we charged a school a dime for an author visit.
Parents get excited and then they tell the teacher. The teacher might call us to chat and verify information. Or they might hand it off to a school principal or librarian.
Here, then, comes the tough part: I would say that nine times out of ten, we get caught in a game of pass-the-buck. The principal forwards the information onto the librarian. Then the librarian doesn’t return phone calls. You call the principal back, and then they say that you’re tattling on the librarian for not doing her job. The whole thing becomes a pissing match of epic proportions.
Who, in the end, loses? The children– because they are missing out on an educational and fun visit. And the taxpayers– because the school will pay hundreds of dollars for a visit with far less substance and quality, chalking the bill up to the next school levy.
Dealing with marketing directors of larger organizations is an even bigger joke. Recently, we were asked to do an event at a mall. We were eager to be a part of this— after all, we could bring our fans in the door to help support a local organization that was collecting books for disadvantaged youth.
A month before the event, we confirmed with the marketing director that she was going to have a projector and screen available for our use during the three book readings scheduled. Yes. The answer was yes.
Two weeks before the event, we called to confirm that everything was still in place. Yes. The answer was yes.
One week before the event, we called again. Just to make sure… The answer? “You don’t have to call to make sure I’m doing my job!”
We get to the mall for the event? You guessed it! No projector. No screen. Lots of excuses. Lots of running around— including driving to the office to pick up our own TV. Because apparently a mall doesn’t have a television in their admin offices.
This apathy spreads to emails, as well. It has gotten to the point where I must specifically state in the email, “please send me a quick response that you’ve received this correspondence.”
Literally weeks will go by sometimes and I won’t hear anything from a business owner. Weeks! Is it just me? Or don’t things deserve a response? How do people even run a business?
I can’t be the only one that has experienced this.
Myself, as a small business owner/author, I try to answer every phone call, every email, respond to every comment made on my blog or Facebook. This is the only way I would have it. Even if it’s a donation request that I can’t fulfill, I give an answer. There is simply no excuse for laziness.
Some folks aren’t going to like this rant. Because they’ll feel it in their bones— they will know that I’m calling them out. You know if you do your job. Or if you don’t.
Do me a favor. Make a commitment— starting today. Commit to be the best you can be at work. Let’s start pushing these lazy people out of a job. Replace them with people that work and maybe this whole country will start working again.
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