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Posted by Michael on December 12, 2007 02:32 PM | Permalink
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.
December 12, 2007 03:11 PM
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.
K.G. Schneider |
December 12, 2007 03:41 PM
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.
December 12, 2007 03:57 PM
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!
Rosario Garza |
December 12, 2007 05:18 PM
I have reservations... ;)
Then again, I ride a bike when I can.
December 12, 2007 08:24 PM
we're giving it away as a prize in our 10 Things staff learning program!
December 12, 2007 08:59 PM
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....)
Michael Golrick |
December 13, 2007 07:48 AM
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.
LarryN the LibraryN |
December 13, 2007 08:33 PM
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.
December 17, 2007 10:17 AM
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.
December 20, 2007 09:43 AM
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