I SAW A METEOR; I SAW A METEOR GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! And, in case you were wondering, I SAW A METEOR this morning during my road work!!!
Today’s bit o trivia: Fire Side Chats. Before social media and before Sirius XM and before television there was a thing called a radio. It was the means by which the world journeyed to overuse of technology. Not really. It’s how news and entertainment spread all over the place. In the 1930s, the world was experiencing what was called The Depression. Not that everyone was on Zoloft but economically speaking, folks were in hard times. Good ol ‘Merica had a president in office by the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). FDR, in an effort to raise the spirits of the people and to keep them informed of the goings took to the then version of social media…the radio. Every Sunday beginning in 1933, he would pull the nation together and transmit over the radio waves while he sat by the fireplace in the oval office. Raising the spirits of ‘Mericans…HA! What a waste when he could have been using it to trash people… technology wasted
Free For All Friday Ed-vise today!!! Yup…another FRIDAY!!!
I was listening in on the OR OSHA SHARP webinar yesterday. I have listened to a bunch of these things. In particular, on this one, the subject of what employers do when employees are directly or indirectly impacted by COVID.
This same subject has been brought up on Linkedin several times in various ways. I also have seen on some company websites about how they take care of their employees in such a situation. That type information and discussion is, genuinely, a good thing.
My question and thoughts are “How.” How does a company “take care” of their employees when COVID comes a knockin? What I hear quite a bit is they allow the employee the time off to take care of their loved ones. I like that. To me, it is the un-spoken part that echoes loudest. “What part” you ask. The part about compensation.
Many (and all to often) times, employers will give them the time off. However, when it comes to pay, that is the employee’s PTO or sick pay. Yes, the job might still be there when they come back. But the bank account will be a bit empty on that return.
I have a friend that worked for a law firm. When he had to take time off his firm paid him. Not his sick leave or PTO; paid him. Is it possible to pay a person while they are not there? Maybe. If the company is a public entity: ABSOLUTELY! Government job: ABSOLUTELY! Small business: Mmmmm…maybe not. I’m just saying
That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember you will never see an elephant hiding in a tree… because they are SOOOOO good at it!!! BWAHAHAHAHA!