op them off and pick them up from school when they were youngsters. From kindergarten, secondary and high school – I enjoyed transporting them and even playing hooky from time to time to go to the zoo or enjoy a buffet breakfast. I enjoyed it because we had drive-time together spent discussing their day at school, homework or whatever was on their minds.
It is the ultimate tragedy to now have to reminisce about school days before the arrival of metal detectors or significant security controls to protect students, teachers and administrators. For crying out loud are our teachers now required to take combat training to be prepared to put their life on the line as part of their duties that now must include protecting their students from clear and present dangers. Surely combat pay is now in order.
When I joined the Army during the Vietnam War and received Advanced Infantry Training (AIT) and later worked in the Department of Corrections and received their version of combat training -- I knew my job description mentioned the very real potential for exposure to situations that could result in bodily harm and even death. Now, more than ever before, students (young and older), teachers, administrators, politicians, movie goers and innocent bystanders should expect similar exposures. Will there be more training for them? Is this is the bane of the 21st Century -- to be exposed to very bad weather and very bad people?
Is our country now becoming no country for old men, women, youngsters and everyone in between? The newest reality show says it all…it’s called “Doomsday Preppers”…which will highlight extreme survival…” Ready or not…here it comes. And maybe this latest tragedy is the last straw that brings a strong enough reaction to stem the tide...for our own collective good.…
g as you are hitting your numbers. And I agree with Theresa that there are pros and cons to virtual work places.
After breakfast and a quick shower, I was "at work" and because there was no long commute I was spending more hours actually working which led to increased productivity. I'm pretty focused whether at home or in the office so distractions weren't a big problem for me. But I also appreciated the flexibility to put a load of laundry in the washing machine between calls. (Although the close proximity to the kitchen wasn't necessarily a good thing!) And, I too am paid based 100% on commission which is a great motivator.
But when the doctor finally gave the go ahead to put weight on my ankle, I was thrilled to get back into the office. I missed the day-to-day interaction with my colleagues and I missed having someone to brain storm with when I needed to be a creative problem solver. That said, the renewed commute got old very quickly and I don't welcome the wear on my car or the added expense.
It seems to me the ideal situation would be to work from home a couple or three days a week and be in the office the rest of the time. But I think that's true only for an experienced recruiter.
With all the moving parts and variables, there are just too many challenges that come up with both candidates and clients that a new recruiter would need guidance with. Even though metrics provide the ability to diagnose where a recruiter needs to improve, I don't see how a virtual office would be an arrangement that leads to success for most newbies whether they're Millennials or not.…