10 thoughts on “Reserved

  • kittent

    Depends…is the parking lot so small the director has trouble finding parking? Is there a reserved parking spot for other staff? Does the director have a disability that makes it hard for hir to walk? Is the alternative getting a parking ticket?

    I see nothing wrong with having a spot to park be a perk.

  • K.G. Schneider

    A couple years ago I drove Sandy to a heavily-attended church event and found someone getting out of a car in her spot. I said “Hey, that’s the pastor’s spot” and the person glared at me and yelled “So WHAT!” Um…

    My sense: a spot is a nice perk, and often a necessity. I really don’t want the administrator of any organization driving in circles while we’re waiting for him or her to show up to give a sermon or sign paperwork or whatever. Chief admin types are also the ones who are most likely to be dashing to and from the facility all day.

  • sarah

    Its all very hierarchical isn’t it… I suppose it sends a message to the community that the “director” is an important person – but really, if only the director could find a place to park, the library would not run very well at all.

  • Rosario Garza

    Frankly, I see nothing wrong with assigning a spot to the top administrator. Given his/her “cost per hour”, I would rather they spend their time engaged in bettering the library’s services than driving in circles looking for a spot to park!

  • Michael Golrick

    I have had a spot like this, twice. It saves time. It means, as Karen notes, that you do not have to hunt for a spot when you return from an off-site meeting (often twice or more a day if you have branches). It also can serve as a signal to those on the outside if you are likely to be in the office. (Of course, if the car is in the shop….)

  • LarryN the LibraryN

    Joining the band…you work damn hard for that perk, and it saves time and money for an expensive person. I see nothing at all wrong with having this, especially in an urban setting.

  • anonymous

    Our library parking lot is small but there is a city lot a block away. We used to have reserved spaces in the lot for the director and the department heads. The patrons complained about the fact that they had to walk a block and staff didn’t. After numerous complaints, the signs were removed for the department heads but the director’s spot remained. That failed to stop the complaints; finally the director’s spot was removed as well. It’s now a firing offense for any staff member to park in the library’s lot.

  • sylvie

    the worst is that by getting such perk, the director becomes more out-of-touch with his/her reality. When is the parking lot full, why couldn’t anyone find a spot? I believe living our customer’s experiences is the best way to understand and improve them.

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