Teams gain experience at Maroon and White camp

first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent St. John Vianney High School’s Zoe Pero, left, looks for some space to take a shot while being defended by Red Bank Catholic High School’s Jennifer Bagnell. The rival teams were playing on July 30 at the Maroon and White Team Basketball Camp held at Red Bank Regional High School. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR The Shore’s top girls basketball teams showcased their talents at the Maroon and White Team Camp last week, getting a head start on the new season while playing in front of college recruiters.The three-day camp at Red Bank Regional High School featured St. John Vianney High School, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Holmdel High School, Middletown High School North, Red Bank Catholic High School and others, with each team playing two games a day. Malcolm X Shabazz High School, last season’s NJSIAA Tournament of Champions winner, also participated.The Maroon and White Team Camp had something for everyone. Coaches got an early look at their teams and Shore Conference competitors, while players got time on the court as recruiting season shifts into high gear. The event received NCAA certification two years ago.“They work extremely hard, even in the spring,” St. John Vianney head coach Dawn Karpell said, as some of the Lancers played 30-35 games in July. “That’s when a lot of their scholarships get earned. For a lot of kids, their junior year is a big year for recruiting.”St. John Vianney played in the Maroon and White camp after making a trip to Maryland for five games. In the span of a week, the Lancers squeezed in 11 games.“The recruiting schedule in July is crazy,” Karpell said. “Needless to say, they’ve been playing a lot of basketball.”Karpell said playing rival Shore Conference schools in the summer is a valuable opportunity. Nine returning letter winners were on the court for St. John Vianney in Red Bank. Junior Kelly Campbell, who will be a key part of the 2014-15 team, arrived in time for the camp’s final day of play after attending the Nike Nationals in South Carolina.So far this summer, the Lancers have shown improvement since last season ended in March, Karpell said.“That has us excited for the season,” she added.George Sourlis, the head coach at Rumson Fair Haven, said he was “very happy” with the way his Bulldogs played at the Maroon and White camp, although it’s tough to draw any conclusions since most teams are still experimenting on the court.“You don’t get the full picture, but you certainly get a clearer picture,” Sourlis said. Rumson-Fair Haven, which will have plenty of veteran experience on its roster — led by seniors Sam Sabino and Grace Stant — is working on playing at a faster pace than last season. Sourlis said that while “it’s unfair to expect them to be there at this point,” Rumson-Fair Haven has some work to do before it reaches the same level as the “upper-echelon” of the Shore Conference.“We need to be more disciplined on defense,” he said.Sourlis also said James Young, his counterpart at Red Bank Regional, did a great job organizing the Maroon and White Team Camp, which just completed its sixth year.“It gives the girls a chance to play in front of colleges and gives us coaches a chance to see them play in a game setting,” Sourlis said.last_img read more

Read More →

Rhetoric

first_img…and anti-nationalismDear readers, you’d know your Eyewitness holds no brief for this PNC government. In fact, after giving them the benefit of the doubt when they replaced the PPP government, your Eyewitness was forced by their actions to admit this lot was up to no good. He signalled his gradual disillusionment by first referring to them as the APNU/AFC coalition; then the PNC-led APNU/AFC coalition; and now as the PNC government. And we know what the PNC are!!But what your Eyewitness won’t ever do is confuse the COUNTRY with the GOVERNMENT – nasty as the latter may be. And this is exactly what the Kaieteur News and the Stabroek News have done when they published that anti-national half-page ad: “INVESTORS BEWARE, GOINVEST ELSEWHERE”. Now why would they do this? It’s clear they were addressing the 400 or so foreign companies who’re in the country to attend the Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit (GIPEX) – since the ad started to run on the first day of the summit.Why would they even CONSIDER such an ad? OK…OK…so they have severe problems with the contract Raphael “Nassau” Trotman “re-negotiated” with ExxonMobil, for the oil bonanza they struck under our sea bed. So do all of us! In fact, if we go to the record, your Eyewitness was the first off the block to criticize Trotman’s paltry royalty figure and the income tax waiver. But how in God’s name does the struggle for us to get a better deal for our oil helped by telling investors not to invest here??Here it is, the Government just fired 5700 sugar workers and made another 2000 jobless in the private farming sector on top of the overall high unemployment rate – especially with youths, where the last survey showed that to be some 40%!!! These are people who’re forced by poverty to make all kinds of compromises to survive. All they’re looking for are opportunities to find jobs, take care of their families, and live with a modicum of dignity. At a minimum, some of those investors at the Summit can provide some jobs.Maybe not to the sugar workers directly…but with any new jobs created, there are what the economists call “externalities” – spillover effects to the rest of the economy! The ads are most anti-national, and serve to help those who would want us to remain on our knees. Who could they be?? Well, for one, the VENEZUELANS!! Remember when in the 1970s Burnham tried to bring hydro-power to Guyana and the Venezuelans killed the project by blocking the World Bank loan?Well, they’ve been stymied again with the ICJ now involved, and they’d do anything to seize our patrimony.Including placing those ads!!…and sophistryChris Ram referred to the anti-national ad accepted and published by the KN and SN and said they’d “crossed a line”. The editor of KN added a note to Ram’s letter claiming the charge raised the question: “Where does someone’s freedom of expression end?” Now this is really being disingenuous, isn’t it? One of the most famous retorts to that question was given by Chief Justice Wendell Holmes of the US. The case asked whether someone had the “freedom of expression” to publish opposition to the draft then in place for WWI.Justice Holmes gave the answer that established the rule to this day: “You can’t shout “FIRE!” in a crowded theatre.” In the actual case concerning the draft for the army, the expression was “anti-national” and would’ve harmed the interests of the country. Which is exactly the case in publishing an ad scaring away investment from Guyana – when we’re mired in the morass of joblessness and hopelessness.We echo Chris Ram: a line has been crossed!!…and jobsThe newspapers, however, didn’t mind taking ads soliciting applicants to work aboard the FPSO that’ll be processing the oil and gas. They don’t mind Guyanese getting the junior cook and bottle washer jobs!!But they’ll scare away the big-paying jobs!! Go figure!!last_img read more

Read More →

Passing first test

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” Alas said.The Fuel Masters were the No. 1 team at the end of the elimination round of the Philippine Cup but lost in a semifinal duel with eventual champion San Miguel Beer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe No. 2 team at the end of the same round then was Rain or Shine, which lost to eventual all-Filipino runner-up Magnolia also in the semifinals.Unlike the Fuel Masters, though, the Elasto Painters didn’t get the midseason conference debut they wanted after dropping a 91-84 to steady Meralco in the second game. Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESTwo teams made their tournament debuts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night, but only one ended up satisfied with the result.Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas, in fact, seemed pretty amazed at how his team held off a young and pesky Blackwater side, 103-98, at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Thurman must be told why he’s ‘B’ side LATEST STORIES The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The Bolts leaned on a strong third quarter to seize control of the game and not even the 31-point output of Rain or Shine import Denzel Bowles could alter the outcome.Matthew Wright scored a team-best 22 points for Phoenix, 16 of which came in the third period, where he lit the wick of a strong breakaway for the Fuel Masters, who also exploited the sudden absence of leadership on the Elite’s bench.Former best import Rob Dozier and Jason Perkins then took charge in the final period, holding off repeated rallies by Blackwater there.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about Blackwater’s rally down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.”Blackwater, which lost for the first time in four games, kept it close for two quarters before losing momentum when coach Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra has picked up veteran Jared Dillinger after the former national team standout was dropped to the unrestricted free agent pool by Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Read More →

Suddie Hospital’s theatre out of order

first_img– doctors say present conditions inhumane and riskyThe main operating theatre at the Suddie Public Hospital in Region TwoThe smaller theatre which is also unfit for surgical procedures(Pomeroon-Supenaam) was closed by the Hospital’s administration due to major electrical problems.Although fully equipped with modern machines, the facility has been branded ‘unsafe’ and ‘risky’, since there seems to be an electrical problem; medical practitioners have since refused to operate there.Consequently, a smaller theatre, which is situated on the bottom flat of the facility, had to be put into operation to facilitate surgeries; the small theatre, in the past, was only used to conduct amputations and minor surgeries.However, medical practitioners/surgeons are claiming that this area is also unsafe and unfit to perform major procedures.During a visit by Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Councillors on Tuesday, nurses, surgeons and doctors bitterly complained about the theatre, pointing to the risks to life and limb.One nurse related to the visiting team – which included Regional Vice Chairperson, Nandranie Coonjah, and Councillors Arnold Adams, Julian Cummings, Hardat Narine, Naithram, Show Kat Ali, and Brian Basil – that the current facility has major issues which includes a faulty operating table, faulty monitor, malfunctioning sterilisation machine and other poorly maintained equipment. She also noted that the operating room is not sealed properly due to a faulty door. Recently, a patient fell from the bed during surgery.The nurses and doctors are calling for urgent action, as lives are involved. Despite the existing conditions at the facility, five surgeries are conducted daily, which also includes emergency procedures. Medical practitioners are questioning their safety and that of their patients; adding that many have received minor electrical shock while using the facility.Chairman of the Regional Health and Sanitation Committee, Arnold Adams, assured that he would represent their interests at the next RDC meeting.last_img read more

Read More →

KCB Guru Nanak Rally postponed

first_img“Due to the heavy rains witnessed on and around the rally route, the organiser of the KCB Guru Nanak Rally 2019 has no option but to declare a ‘FORCE MAJEURE’ on the basis of competitor safety and therefore postpone the running of the Rally to a later date as to be allocated by the Motorsport Council of the KMSF,”  clerk of the course Raju Chaggar said.Part of the Guru Nanak Rally Course. Photo/COURTESYHe added in a bulletin from Kenya Motor Sports Federation secretariat: “Road conditions witnessed at 1100 hrs today (18th Oct 2019) are not conducive to the safe running of all the Special Stages.”Chager said ‘Safety and Medical Intervention vehicles will not be able to traverse the stages due the extremely wet and muddy conditions thus compromising the Events Safety.”The event was scheduled to start at the KCB Kitengela branch on Sunday and traverse the Stony Athi, SGR and Kifaru stages.The Guru Nanak Rally is Organised by Sikh Union Nairobi.0Shares0000(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000KCB Guru Nanak Rally postponed due to inclementNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – The KCB Guru Nanak Rally which is the sixth round of the Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) scheduled for this weekend, has been postponed.In accordance with National Competition Regulations, Article 66.5 of Safety of the Competing Crews, organisers canceled the 2019 rally citing inclement weather.last_img read more

Read More →

Fifa, government hail polls

first_imgFifa director, Member Associations and Development Division, Thierry Regenass led the world body’s monitored team in an exercise they termed as free and fair.“Visiting voting centres like Pumwani, Jericho and Kariobangi North impressed me with encouraging turnout. Kenyans embraced the process and FIFA will look to continue with the development of the game now that the wrangles and crisis will be resolved,” Regenass said.He added: “It’s the first time that we have ever had this kind of voting with clubs participating in the process that is different from the delegate system normally used in football elections but I have to say it has proved to be very successful and we must commend IEB and IIEC.”Leodegar Tenga and Ashford Mamelodi accompanied the director.“It’s a great day for Kenya because it has been a long process and hopefully, the country can move forward from here and develop the game and it’s up to you to make them accountable,” Tenga, who is also the Tanzania FA president, noted.“We are very happy with what we have seen now and Fifa will continue supporting the country to make it realise its vision. It will not be an easy process but there is much potential in the country,” Mamelodi stressed.For Olouch, “The process was credible and it has led us to the final verdict where football stakeholders made their aspirations known and as a Government, we accept their decision.”The body that organised the exercise, Independent Electoral Board (IEB) chairman, Joe Okwach, said, “Our mandate has ended with this process but although it was protracted, the legacy of the elections will they have laid the platform for other sports in the country to emulate. Sport will no longer be taken as a leisure activity.”IEB was formed after the Kenyan government and FIFA came together to press for unified football elections after the country held the distinction of having two bodies, Football Kenya Limited and Kenya Football Federation claim to be the legitimate administrators of the sport.The formation a new association to run the game will be the first task for the newly elected officials when confirmed to office.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, October 29- The national football elections that concluded on Saturday have received ringing endorsement from both world governing body Fifa and the Government.The exercise, the first of its kind where club delegates formed the electorate were witnessed by three Fifa officials and top Ministry of Sports representatives including Sports Secretary, Prof Wilson Langat and Commissioner of Sport, Gordon Oluoch.last_img read more

Read More →

Former IU Coach’s Daughter Killed in Crash on 37

first_imgAn investigation determined that Hoeppner had the right of way, and Brewer had failed to stop at the traffic light.Police arrived at the scene just after midnight. While there was no evidence of impairment, police said, Brewer was transported to IU Health Bloomington to get blood drawn.The Indiana Department of Athletics honored Allison with a moment of silence prior to Saturday’s Indiana-Wake Forest game.IU VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS FRED GLASS:“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Allison Hoeppner. A beloved member of the IU Athletics family, Allison was a brave cancer survivor, a tireless advocate for cancer research, and a loving and devoted mother, daughter and friend who possessed her father’s infectious enthusiasm and love of life. On behalf of Hoosiers everywhere, we offer our deepest condolences to the entire Hoeppner family.”IU HEAD FOOTBALL COACH KEVIN WILSON:“We are shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. The Hoeppners mean a great deal, not only to me and my family, but to the entire IU Football family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jane and the Hoeppner family.” BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Allison Hoeppner, daughter of former Indiana head football coach Terry Hoeppner and wife Jane, died in a traffic accident Saturday morning.Hoeppner, 45, of Bloomington, was pronounced dead at the intersection of Ind. 37 and Old Ind. 37 South at around midnight, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.Hoeppner had attempted to turn her 2003 Subaru northbound onto Ind. 37, when her car was struck by a 2003 Prevost bus operated by 42-year-old Johnathan Brewer, of Haptonville, N.C.last_img read more

Read More →

Recap of the Accessibility Session: Edge Conference London 2014

first_imgYesterday I attended Edge Conference London 2014, a new type of one-day nonprofit conference focused on advanced web technologies for developers and vendors. Livestreamed from London, England and hosted by Microsoft in their London office, this was the third Edge Conference event. What I found most interesting about the conference was the format: there were no tracks or presentations, just a series of sessions. Each session started with a ten-minute talk by an expert, followed by moderated debate.It’s an interesting format where attendees were able to submit questions before the conference. Christian Heilmann explains the format and style of the conference in his Edgeconf 3 – Just Be There Next Time, Trust Me post.Another interesting item: revenue from the tickets is donated to a nonprofit. For yesterday’s event, the revenue was donated to Codeclub, a United Kingdom group teaching coding after school to children aged 9-11.I attended three sessions of the conference, page load performance, accessibility, and future web.Here are my notes from the accessibility session, moderated by Christian Heillman from Mozilla with opening talk by Derek Featherstone from Simply Accessible. Panelists included:Matthew Tyler Atkinson, The Paciello GroupAlice Boxhall, GoogleSarah Lewthwaite, King’s College LondonAndrew Ronksley, Royal National Institute of Blind PeopleAccessibility is about people. Accessibility is something people need, it’s not something we want to have. At the end of the day, people have to use the tools.We tend to simplify things: people are blind, deaf, have mobility or dexterity impairments, or cognitive disabilities. But there’s a group of people that are often ignored: those with vestibular disorders.Your fancy css3 animations actually makes suffers of vestibular issues nauseous! #edgeconf #accessibility— Robin Osborne (@rposbo) March 21, 2014Voice Recognition and GesturesVoice recognition software was originally created for people with speech difficultiesWhat happens if you create interfaces that only use speech? What happens when someone who stutters, speaks a different language, or has cerebral palsy uses that interface? Our interfaces need to be flexible.If you create a custom gesture for your application, what happens when it conflicts with the custom gesture needed for the screen reader? Think about alternatives and backup mechanisms. ARIA roles can’t fix bad implementation #webcomponents #bedcomponents #edgeconf @ Microsoft http://t.co/3zLwqJEBmO— kornel@mastodon.social (@kornelski) March 21, 2014 Coding Decisions and Accessible Rich Internet ApplicationsIn the past, Google Maps were coded using divs with onclick handlers for the search button and zoom in/zoom out functionality. Could be improved by adding the role button so assistive technology could recognize it’s a button.With the recent version of Google Maps, the code has improved. Hurrah! Has to be a team effortNeed to understand people with disabilities are part of your “in” group, not your “out” group.Take Action, Spread the WordDoing something the first time takes time. And the first time you include accessibility in your workflow, it will take time.Invest the time and effort—accessibility will become part of your design processTalk with people about accessiblity Fun explanation from Derek, who used the king-size bed made up of two-twin beds to prove his point that what’s underneath (HTML or two twin-size beds) matters. Accessibile Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) can’t fix poor coding decisions. Wanna see what your website looks like for people with visual impairment? Try SEE chrome extension https://t.co/yXxUdKLgnp #edgeconf— Johan Huijkman (@huijkman) March 21, 2014 Tenon API (currently in beta) from Karl Groves will check for common preventable accessibility problems in the build process Some testing can be automated, some can be done manuallyHow To Prioritize Accessibility in Your WorkflowAccessibility needs to be there at the beginning of your process “Do not just rely on colors to convey something @feather #edgeconf” <- As a colourblind person I ++ this message @flurin— Peter Chamberlin (@pgchamberlin) March 21, 2014 If you rely on color, you need to include other mechanisms for people who are color-blind. Many people use red for warning messages. In China, red color means good luck. How do you think they feel when they see a red message that effectively says “Good luck, you’ve just lost all your email messages?” Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)POUR principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, robustAll principles can be applied to any medium: websites, applications, games, tablets, Google GlassTesting AccessibilityUse a screen reader with your eyes closedUse your site with the keyboard only, no mouseReach out to disability organizations to find testers for your usability testsColor Oracle, great tool to install on the Windows, Mac or Linux desktop to mimic color blindnesscenter_img Holy crap! Google Maps now uses

Read More →

Does Your Company Have An Employment Strategy?

first_imgI embolden job seekers on a daily basis to make sure they have a tailored job search strategy. Rather than just go about their job search randomly, I preach the importance of a strategy that is targeted, reviewed and adjusted on a daily basis. Ironically, those on the other side of the hiring line do not always seem to have the same focus.Employment strategies help a company plan for ongoing or incremental hiring. These strategies establish budgets, time frames and areas of focus which help to keep the company proactive in their hiring decisions rather than reactive. Employment strategies should be focused but flexible enough to change if something is not working. Here are a few considerations when creating an employment strategy.Current VoidsWhat openings does your company currently have that need to be filled? Do you have candidates for each position? Where in the hiring stage are you? What follow up needs to occur to close these positions?Current WorkforceWho in your current workforce may need to be replaced in the next six months to a year? The replacement could be because of performance issues or because they are promoted, either way, you’ll need to fill the void. When do you anticipate this happening and what will you do to fill the gap before it becomes a problem? While this may seem like a very involved succession planning process, for the purposes of an employment strategy it can be as simple as taking a quick snapshot of your workforce and penciling in anticipated openings.TacticsWhat tried and true tactics have you used that you believe will work for you again? What new tactics would you like to try? Can your current recruiting staff handle the openings or will you need additional support? Can independent contractors or temporary employees fill any of these gaps? Does your current staff need training on any new techniques you are going to try?BudgetWhat is the budget to accomplish all of these recruiting goals? Should that money be split based on position? Is the budget feasible to accomplish all that you need too? When we think about budget we are not only talking about recruiting budget, but additional headcount budget as well.It is important to create short-term and long-term recruitment strategy. I suggest a 30-60-90 day plan and then a much longer plan covering 12 months. As mentioned earlier, things can always change, but having something in writing that everyone is on board with will help drive a proactive recruiting environment that successfully finds and retains top talent.last_img read more

Read More →

Pitfalls of Business Travel

first_imgModel car on mapThese and many other expressions are used in the circles in which we travel, whether it is retail or not, whether we are young or old, new to the management ranks or a C-level executive. Everyone should understand what these expressions mean. But living up to those expectations, is entirely something else.This article is intended for the loss prevention professional, whether you are a single unit manager, district or regional level, or corporate executive. Regardless of whether you have two years experience, or 32, this is a subject we all need to think about.EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by a senior loss prevention executive in one of the top 100 retailers in the United States. Because of the nature of the topic, getting corporate approval to publish this article under his or her name would be impossible. However, we believe the topic is important to the LP industry and, therefore, have chosen to publish this article anonymously- Sponsor – Issues of PerceptionIn our first experience in management, no matter where we started, we quickly encounter hypocrisy and issues of perception. Not that we are running for political office, but we might as well be.Excessive drinking, rich foods, and who knows what else. This can be life on the road when there is nothing better to do except work…and that can be done tomorrow or the next day, not tonight.One of our primary priorities in loss prevention is to identify employees who are doing things dishonestly or unethically, bring the behavior to light, and, in some cases, see that the employee is terminated. Then, how often do we leave work and engage in behaviors that make the employee we fired earlier that day look like a choirboy?Essentially, we are role model by day and hypocrite by night.Ask yourself this question. Have you ever read the newspaper headlines about a sports hero who does something stupid, says the wrong thing, or goes to the wrong place, damaging his career, and we mutter under our breath, “That idiot.” In fact, we may engage in similar behavior, not get caught or identified, and be completely oblivious to our own conduct…and the hypocrisy rolls on.The First-Time ManagerNow that I have sufficiently and unfairly lumped all good LP professionals in with the bad, let’s start from the beginning and set a course for behavior awareness and modification.The loss prevention executive most frequently starts his career in a single unit with a five- to six-day work week, basic store hours, a few nights here and there, a couple of overnight surveillances, and that’s about it. But soon, here comes the company traveler with news from far away places. This guy is an investigator, district or regional director, or from headquarters. He has a company credit card, a daily allocation for meals, and complete freedom to come and go as he pleases. To the store-level executive, he is “the man”—a real player.The store guy, from hereon referred to as Joey, soon starts to emulate him, talk like him, act like him, and treat him as a role model. The next thing you know they are having a beer after work, talking about life on the road, and all the stuff that has very little to do with loss prevention or the company that they work for.Soon, Joey starts imagining himself in that role. He figures a couple of good inventory results, the right connections, a good presentation or two, a handful of quality employee interviews, and the resume is complete. Time for a spin in the company car.So our guy lands the job. He is promoted in the organization, or maybe to a new company. Armed with nothing other than a briefcase and a questionable sense for prioritization, he begins his multistore career—and here is where the real story beginsLessons of the RoadThe first thing that he realizes is that it is not all that it’s cracked up to be. It can be a lonely place on the road. But he has a solution for that, he calls his wife, girlfriend, or significant other 27 times on his first day. But that starts to wear off once they have exhausted topics that range from what they ate for lunch to who was on Oprah.The next thing he discovers is that nobody is monitoring him, and he does, in fact, have the freedom that he anticipated. But is that freedom a good thing? It differs from the structured life of a single-unit manager. When are the meetings? Who to have lunch with? Conference calls? These things happen on the road, but far less frequently.He notices that his boss calls once or twice a week, checking on mostly surface issues. It soon becomes apparent that he is responsible for his own actions and that he will have to establish his own disciplines. However, he is not at that point yet. He is still searching, exploring, and learning.One of the first things he discovers is extra sleep. Most of his stores open at 10:00 a.m. He used to report for work to his single unit at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. How else do you use those two extra hours, but for sleep?Then he learns the timing issues. Always plan and execute early checkout of the hotel. You want no checkout receipts with a 9:30 a.m. time on them. No breakfast receipts like that either. He finds that he can take advantage of the free breakfast to avoid the receipt issue entirely as well as save his allowed meal money for dinner. It is kind of like Rachel Ray’sBest Eats in Town for $40 a Day.He also learns that his boss rarely calls him on the cell or at the hotel in the early morning hours. Why? Who knows? It just doesn’t happen.All of this thought, planning, and behavior to get a couple of extra hours sleep and avoid sending emails, answering voice mails, prepping for the day, and setting priorities. Why? Because nobody told him any differentlyThe Work DayJoey arrives at his first location promptly at 10:30 a.m. Nobody notices. Nobody says anything. His boss doesn’t know. All is good. The plan works to perfection.Joey soon considers that an equal amount of planning for the end of the day should work as well, if not better. Depending on where the corporate office is located, or where his boss is headquartered, East or West Coast, dictates how long the working day will last.If Joey is based in the West with his boss in the East, Joey will be hard to find or track by cell after 3:00 p.m. Pacific time. This aspect of the home office work ethic develops due to the lack of phone calls or emails requiring an immediate response in the late afternoon. This turns into a habit that causes him to become increasingly less productive as he is left to his own devices. He wants to be managed. He wants some structure. But he just doesn’t know it yet.Some managers inadvertently foster this behavior because they are fearful of being labeled a “micro-manager.” So they steer clear of conducting the required and needed check ups, task assignments, and other management interaction that is part of their supervisory role that ensures the person works a full day. The lack of direction further encourages Joey’s behavior.Ready for the NightNow that he has managed a typically under-productive business day, it is time to get focused on his social calendar, which continues to grow in importance. You see, Joey has learned to prioritize what is important.Occasionally these “social get-togethers” will involve a fellow LP staff member, sometimes the local district sales manager, or even store associates are in play. Joey is looking for some company to alleviate the loneliness, and any port in the storm will do. The wife is 500 miles away and suspects nothing. Excessive drinking, rich foods, and who know what else are in the cards. This can be life on the road when there is nothing better to do except work—and that can be done tomorrow or the next day, not tonight.So, a late night of foolishness develops, full of comments that may come back to haunt him, behaviors that will tarnish his reputation and can not be easily corrected, not to mention the potential damage to his physical well being.This night is not an isolated incident either. It more than likely becomes a chain of behavior that folds one day over the next, week in, week out, becoming a habit that puts his health, family, and career in jeopardy.Taking ResponsibilityNow, before you think that this article is transitioning to a warm-and-fuzzy self-help piece focusing on nutrition and exercise, it is not. We need to save Joey from himself, and we cannot get there with that as a focus. The focus needs to be on us—the managers and executives responsible for the Joeys in our organization.We need to help salvage his career before it ends all too quickly. And it will end for one of a variety of reasons. It may be because the abuse is detected by an inquiry of the travel expenses or investigative surveillance by the managers who failed Joey. Sometimes, Joey himself may recognize the abusive behavior and without any will power or ability to change, he is forced to take a dramatic step. He quits, saying the travel is getting to him. What was probably getting to him is the financial trouble for the unreimbursed bar bills and other extravagances. Or his wife forces a change because he inadvertently communicates how much fun he is having away from her and the kids. If that’s the case, Joey can’t confess to the abuse to his boss, so he takes the safer path and quits, takes a lesser job, and rationalizes the reduction in travel as an improvement in the quality of life.Maybe that is the case, but it didn’t have to be that way. The loss prevention professional on the road needs coaching on how to travel, how to function away from home and office, and what he or she will encounter and how to deal with it. They need planning skills to help them manage both their business and personal life.They need tips on how to deal with the spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend, and how to be a good partner and parent who must travel often. For example, if you constantly mention how much you hate the travel or hate being away from them, they will commiserate with you and that is not helpful. Calling from a restaurant at 11:30 p.m. is a bad idea no matter how you put it—“The flight was late,” “Traffic was terrible,” “Bad weather.” It becomes just another excuse, and it wears on them. You see, they, too, are lonely, and they don’t need to hear it.On the other hand, if you catch a sporting event on the road or enjoy a great dinner, downplay it. No need to lie, just emphasize how you can’t wait to get home, because, hopefully, that is the truth.It is, however, essential to mention the importance of what you are doing, because your family needs to know that you believe in what you are doing. You are working for both your future and the collective benefit of your family. But don’t over do it. It is not necessary to call multiple times day. And gifts, such as flowers for the wife or knickknacks for the kids, are okay once in a great while, but they are expensive and unnecessary. They are perceived as you are expecting or hoping for forgiveness, and you can not keep it up over time. Once you stop bringing home a gift, they will think something is definitely wrongTraining Young ManagersI said above that those of us in management and executive positions need to be responsible for helping young professionals manage their work life on the road. How do we do that?In researching this article, I hoped to find training materials or other articles where others who are much smarter than me have compiled all the guidance necessary to help us give our people the direction they need. I found none. Perhaps you have suggestions. However we come up with the information, the loss prevention industry needs to have answers for this situation.I’ll throw out a few suggestions to start. Hopefully, you will respond with more ideas.To begin with, senior executives need to set an example. Limit alcohol consumption. Don’t dismiss erratic or unprofessional behavior as an isolated incident, and certainly don’t instigate unprofessional behavior yourself. Ensure that you treat your staff members in a business-like way, even in social settings.Dedicate time at your local and regional meetings to discuss travel and expenses and the importance of responsibility and good judgment.Develop procedures for monitoring mileage logs and post-travel expense statements. More importantly, communicate that travel and expenses are monitored for abuses as a standard rule. If travelers know they are monitored, they will develop good spending and behavior habits.  Provide alternative suggestions for promoting healthy, positive behaviors on the road. Good eating and exercise suggestions are available to help travelers maintain their physical and mental health   (see “Fitness Balance at Home and on the Road”).Living up to PerceptionThis article was not about being good at the job. Most organizations spend a lot of time, energy, and resources making sure our people are good at what they do. But there are far too many Joeys in our business, and we need to stop the trend. We need to direct them better, monitor them more closely, guide them to avoid the pitfalls that have befallen those who came before them, never assuming that they will get it on their own.They need to understand that perception is important. After all, the loss prevention industry stands for integrity in the workplace. We need to provide our people with the tools to live up to that perception, not only to those we associate with in the business world, but also those who rely on us at home, those who look up to us as Mom or Dad, and, maybe most importantly, those we look at in the mirror. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Read More →