Suddenly I have free time. When I have free time I read. When I read I think. Funny the rabbit paths you can find yourself on at those times. Life has taken me along several twisty paths over the last few years. I don’t totally regret them though because part of the fun is in seeing the unexpected beauty. It can be seen on even the darkest paths if you just watch for it. Today’s path is a good example.
I started off with some reading. Thinking back on it, I went out into my day. There, my thoughts on the personal interplay of value met with thoughts on the professional interplay of value. Verbose as always, I thought I would connect those dots here then carry on with regularly scheduled programming.
Ever read the comparisons of Costco and Wal-Mart employees? No, well let me give a general overview.
WM sticks it to the workers. They have a sharp calculation of exactly what needs to be done to hit a given rate of retention. They know exactly which personalities can be best exploited and which phobias are most useful. They have expended a lot of time and energy to determine exactly how to twist the humans to hit a given profit point. They have low loyalty, high turnover, high injury and low “give-a-poo” ratings.
Costco pays well, surprisingly well. They shock other big companies with how they treat their employees. They are a prime example of an observation I made in my teens while running work crews. “Take care of your product and you get a poor product and high turnover, take care of your worker and they’ll take care of your product for you.” Costco employees love their job, love the company and pride themselves in customer service and product knowledge.
Interesting isn’t it? Costco pays much higher wages and has much better benefits but the employees have very high “give-a-poo” ratings. Costco doesn’t suffer from injuries, lawsuits, turnover, product damage or employee “illness” like WM does. Incredibly, their cost per man hour is about the same! Which one would you rather work for though? It’s an easy question isn’t it? That answer transcends just the working realm though.
Think of this from the point of a dominant. Who you are determines what you get from a submissive. Waiting until you are in the mood to be dominant will not yield the same results as little touches all day will it?
Stop grinning girls, you get to go under the bus as well. Wanting to play before lights out probably won’t work the same if you were in a mood all day will it. There are many little ways to remind the dominant of your respect between when you roll out of the bed and when you hope to be pinned to it.
We all interact with a multitude of people on a multitude of levels. It is up to us to determine who we are in these interactions. Do we want to be Costco? Do we want to exercise forethought and respect, do we show our appreciation daily? Do we show the other person their value to us? Or, do we take what we can and wonder how long they will take it? Your call is up to you but, in many ways, you get to be like one of these companies. Remember this thing as you ponder it though. Costco workers have over 20 years average service and love their job. WM average is 2 (if memory serves) and they are typically looking for something better.
Good luck shoppers of life.