Episode 101 – Tactical Error, Letters

This week, we talk about not planning ahead properly, as Ursula has a new computer for her art – that isn’t ready yet, and a deadline is looming. We also talk about volunteerism, and wrap it all up with your letters.

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(OK, I know the list is short this week, but a lot of it references prior episodes, so….)

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  1. (I know this is a couple months belated and not a terribly exciting comment, but I felt driven to post it despite.)

    The company I temp at has volunteer hours scheduled in, and both specific sign-ups for set days and the option to enter your own volunteer hours. So people go off for a day to hammer frames together for Habitat for Humanity, or serve meals for a soup kitchen. They also have frequent donation baskets out for school supplies, food banks, holiday gifts (which are the only way I as a temp can currently donate, alas). They also reward the biggest donors with an extra money donation to a cause of the winner’s choice.

    It’s not the only reason I am gunning for a permanent placement here, but it’s definitely one of the signs of a healthy corporate culture (along with reasonable hour flexibility, attention to life balance and time off, and fairly good communication up and down the ladder) I will be using in future if I move on elsewhere.

    Notably, though, as someone who did most of her past temping and work positions in not-for-profits, the not-for-profits themselves tend to have a much worse corporate culture, with much greater drive to work to burnout, and an assumption all one’s volunteerism should be turned inward to their use, not outward to other causes. I know that some of it is how many of the not-for-profits have a razor thin budget and a dependence on government grants that can change what they can accomplish year by year, but even once I account for that, I find it strange in a lot of ways that a for-profit company, even one with a cause behind its products and R&D, is so much healthier a place to work.

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