Is Micro-Managing Really Necessary?
Is it difficult to earn the trust of an employer in just a season? Does it seem that ground is gained and trust is earned, just as it is time to leave?
A sense of trust is something all employees want from their bosses, Workampers or not. Workampers have the more difficult challenge of earning that trust in a shorter period of time. In order to feel at ease and good about oneself, an Employer’s trust is necessary.
Today, one hears a lot about the issue of “micro-managing.” Micro-managing is when superiors constantly have an eye on and correct their employees. Often the managers don’t allow for new insight or new approaches, stilting their employees. Looking at both sides of the picture, it is a fine balance. For larger employers, there may be multi-leveled management. The supervisor of a Workamper may be in a hierarchal situation with a manager concerned about upper management or an owner looking over his shoulder.
There are other considerations also that might cause Employers to be unwilling to trust their employees. As a Workamper, you may be following in the footsteps of someone who has done an outstanding job; or, you may be following in someone’s footsteps who left an absolute mess. Either way, the Workamper is subject to scrutiny.
Workampers would like Employers to realize that if they are too judgmental and prone to micro-managing, they may cause more damage to the work situation by causing poor morale and destruction of the Workamper’s self- respect. An unhappy workplace can lead to lost profits for the Employer.
Workampers want Employers to allow them to do their day-to-day work independently, after an initial training period. Employers should be available for help or guidance if they need it; but not constantly hovering over them. If at all possible, those that hire Workampers should be enablers: enabling Workampers to have the freedom to do a job to the best of their ability by providing insight not overwhelming oversight.
The end result will be a more satisfying experience for everyone.
Although I am regularly adding posts to the “RV Industry” pages (to the right of this column), I thought I would let you know about some things that are happening that you might want to make plans for as you travel the next six months.
Recent Press Releases–
Winnebago Industries Inc. has announced details of its 2011 factory tour schedule.
Winnebago’s factory in Forest City, Iowa, the largest RV factory in the world, has been featured in such hit television shows as National Geographic’s “Ultimate Factories” and the Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made.”
Visitors will get to see first-hand what was featured on these shows, with tours of their Forest City manufacturing facilities offered twice daily from April through Oct. 28, and once daily Oct. 31 – Nov. 23.
Each tour starts at the Winnebago Industries’ Visitors Center. The behind-the-scenes look into the building of an RV starts with a 20-minute video that offers a preview of the manufacturing process. After the video, the tour bus (constructed on a Winnebago Industries Commercial Vehicle shell) departs for a drive-through tour of the grounds, and a walk-in tour of the Chassis Weld facility and the main production area aptly named Big Bertha since it is equivalent in size to eight football fields. From a mezzanine overlooking the production lines, visitors are able to get a bird’s eye view of the magnitude of the motorhome manufacturing process. Each tour lasts approximately ninety minutes.
Before or after the tour, visitors can also tour the Winnebago Industries Museum which is located in the upper level of the Visitors Center. The museum chronicles the company’s 53 year history, as well as the design and construction of the Ccmpany’s motorhomes. Last year, nearly 10,000 people stopped at the Visitors Center to tour the factory and the museum.
10 RV Rallies Convene at Fairgrounds in 2011 [Reports RVBus. Apil 19 by Steve Bibler]
Management at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Northern Indiana expects a normal season for RV rallies this year, despite the uncertainty of gas prices this summer.
Ten rallies, with attendance ranging between 100 and 300 rigs each, are on tap this season, starting with the Holiday Rambler Pusher 419 Rally set for April 30 to May 5.
“That’s about typical what we do,” Tanya Swihart, rental manager, told RVBUSINESS.com. “In light of everything, I’d say it’s a good year.”
The fairgrounds, located on the edge of Goshen, can accommodate up to 900 units. In years past, big events, such as those featuring the Escapees RV Club, have nearly filled the fairgrounds. But such large groups are not booked for this season.
The fairgrounds site has become popular since operators upgraded the site more than a decade ago. It is conveniently located to many RV manufacturers. The Elkhart County Convention and Tourism Bureau assists groups in planning tourist activities while attending the rallies.
The 2011 rally schedule follows:
- Holiday Rambler Pusher 419 Rally – April 30-May 5.
- International Area Organization (INTO) Rally – May 11-15.
- RVFEST 2011 Rally – June 20-27.
- Passport America Rally – Aug. 16-20.
- SunnyBrook Rally – Aug. 21-27.
- GMC Motorhome Rally – Sept. 9-15.
- Montana Owners Club Rally – Sept. 21-28.
- Thor Diesel Rally – Oct. 2-7.
- RVing Women Rally – Oct. 8-16.
RV Transporters Report Busy Season
In a Press Release April 11, 2011 by RV Business, drivers who own 1-ton pickups are in the greatest demand.
Spring is the busy season for RV manufacturers, thus RV transport companies. The RV industry holds its annual trade show in early December and a lot of orders are taken there. Then the building begins for the spring and summer RV shows.
Said one transporter, “I am just happy the industry is doing well. The last time the prices (fuel) went up this way, RVs didn’t sell,” he said.
RV transport companies adjusts its fuel surcharge for manufacturers based on the current price. Then drivers are given a fuel payment adjustment. The cost of fuel is passed on that reflects a higher freight bill back to the dealer.
All the transport companies agreed the RV industry is doing much better this spring and there is a lot of work for transporters. Dealers are buying.
“What happens when the fuel prices go up? The permanent site campers go up. It doesn’t change the buying public, but it does affect their mind set,” said Dave Titus, general manager at International RV World in Elkhart.
The only thing he has noticed from customers is that some of them say they will cut back the length of their trips due to the fuel prices.
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