Take Back My Paycheck!

April 27, 2010

Long ago, in another place and time, I worked at the headquarters of AADP. Josh Weston, the CEO, occasionally gathered all the staff together, thousands of them, for an inspirational meeting. Hanging over the balconies, we anticipated his words of inspiration, as he spoke from the podium in the atrium below. We loved listening to stories about ADP’s past and with excitement awaited word about how our current projects would positively impact the company. He spoke about social goals as well, such as our blood drives supported with vacation time accrual per blood donation and unique volunteer opportunities, such as joining an ADP emergency medical squad. I don’t think it was just me who had the feeling that despite having so many employees, he spoke to us as individuals. He cared about us, our families and our future.
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Mexican Health Care for American Citizens

April 23, 2010

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that “Rising medical needs in the U.S. are creating new opportunities for Mexico’s health care industry…With health care costs in Mexico available at a fraction of U.S. prices, Mexican facilities can help fill a growing demand for services including dentistry, surgery, long-term care and assisted living.”
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Is Everything Getting Harder?

April 15, 2010

If you’ve been in business the last several years, you may think that being in business is only getting harder each year. The tax man is taxing more. Employees are demanding more. Customers are refusing anything that isn’t “green.” Competition is fierce. Marketing is so very complex. This may all be true, but we have faced harder times.
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Ant Control this year in Southern California

April 12, 2010

The ants are coming this year, as every year to Southern California. Due to the heavy rains we had this past winter, ant colonies are expected to have grown larger than prior years. But with drought plans restricting water usage, I am sure that those ants will be marching indoors this spring and summer, making homeowners crazy as they wake up to a breakfast table full of ants, or come home for dinner, only to find that ants been them to dinner.
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Fumigants are going away

April 8, 2010

Yesterday, I received a newsletter from the National Pest Management Association. The news was not good for Hearts Pest Management or for any other pest control company in the business of fumigating burrowing rodents such as gophers. In the past few years, negligent pest control applicators have been endangering people with off-label fumigant applications, resulting in the needless, outrageous death of children. For those of us who practice responsibly, we have no choice but to deal with the change in treatment required. The EPA has now banned the use of aluminum and magnesium phosphide in residential areas and inside a 100 foot perimeter of any structure. See the full EPA announcement here. We must now find ways of eliminating burrowing rodents as pests without a very valuable tool that when used properly did an excellent job, without secondary poisoning. Now we are left with less effective methods that may inflict secondary poisoning on birds, dogs and cats. But at least we will have fewer worries about people. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise even for our company. You just never know when you are going to have an employee who refuses to follow rules. These new restrictions are for our own good, whether we like it or not. But I do not enjoy the prospect of dealing with existing and future customers that are looking for effective solutions. Time will tell how this plays out, but now we are heading into new uncharted territory. One concern I have is that one man shops will try to sneak by, using fume illegally, taking pest control customers away from larger companies that are abiding by regulations. We can only wait and watch.

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