Streamline - Spring 2016 - (Page 9)
BY PAM BAUGHMAN, VRWA PRESIDENT
WHEN THE BOSTON Marathon bombing occurred in April 2013, the city of Boston adopted the phrase
"Boston Strong". In Louisa County when a beloved high school football coach was diagnosed with
cancer, the entire community adopted the phrase "LC Strong" (Louisa County). Phrases like these
are meant to lift people up and bring them together in support of each other during difficult times.
My work family means a lot to
me. You cannot spend 40+ hours
a week with your co-workers and
not develop feelings of concern
and compassion for them and
Recently, while completing the
Sacramento Course "Operation
and Maintenance of Wastewater
Collection, Vol. II", I came across
the term, "Esprit de corps", which is
defined "In union there is strength.
Promote it always. Avoid creating
dissension among subordinates.
Encourage and reward employees
on the basis of their ability, talent
Actually, I prefer the version provided by
Merriam-Webster, "The common spirit existing
in members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion and strong regard for honor of
Esprit de corps is a good explanation of how I
believe a work environment should be, however,
we all know that a chain (or organization) is only
as strong as its weakest link.
In a family when one member is weak, the rest
of the family is strong, providing encouragement
and support until the weak family member has
once again regained their strength. There are
several definitions of strong or strength, such
as "the state of being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance" (Merriam-Webster), but
what about "force as measured in numbers:
effective numbers of any body or organization"
Therefore, when a co-worker is weak, should
the work family do everything they can to bring
them back to full strength? Should we provide
mentoring, guidance and/or training? I believe so.
According to Wikipedia, "United we stand,
divided we fall" in modern history is credited
to John Dickinson's "The Liberty Song", from
pre-Revolutionary times, but versions of "United
we stand, divided we fall" can be found in Greek
stories and in Bible verses.
The sooner all co-workers have been restored
to full strength, the stronger the organization will
be. When everyone is strong, the organization
will rise together in efficiency and productivity.
When a co-worker is weak, provide encouragement and support. The sooner that a weak
co-worker is once again strong, the sooner your
organization will be able to state "United we
stand" and be able to drop "divided we fall".
In the General Assembly, they are considering
a House Joint Resolution (HJ 88) designating
June 30, in 2016 and each succeeding year as
Drinking Water and Wastewater Professional's
Appreciation Day in Virginia. Please contact
your representative in support of this House Joint
Resolution. It would be a great opportunity to be
able to say that we are "Utility Strong".
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2016
From the President: Strong
From the Executive Director: Do You Need VRWA?
Thanks for the Memories!
Future Operators: Implementing A Career
Claypool Hill: Triumph Over Adversity
Work Zone Safety Awareness: V-DOT Work Zone Traffic Control Certification
Water System Consolidation
Decline of Coal: Economic Effects on Utilities
Effectively Managing Inventory Space and Costs
VRWA Report Card
Planning Reports Funded for Three Rural Water and Waste Projects in Central Virginia
VRWA Members Corner
Throwing My Loop: A Positive Life...
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Spring 2016