Unsanitary co-workers spread swine flu fears

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Dear Roze:  

We are all told constantly to wash our hands as much as possible as one of the deterrents to getting the swine flu.  So what do we ladies in the office do if there are a few men who don’t wash their hands and then put their hands on the coffee pot and utensils when they get a cup of coffee?  The men’s room and the ladies room are next to each other and none of us ladies ever hear the water running in the men’s room when certain persons occupy it and there is no antibacterial gel in the men’s room.  Any suggestions?  

-Can’t touch this in Suffolk

Dear Can’t touch this in Suffolk:

I suggest that you meet with the person in your office responsible for hygiene issues.  Explain that with the flu and swine flu season upon us, you want to do your part to prevent viruses from spreading throughout the office.  Let him/her know that you and others are aware that some individuals are not washing/sanitizing their hands.  Respectfully request that he/she remind everyone of the importance of clean hands and vaccinations at the next all-employee meeting; that signs reminding people to wash/sanitize their hands be strategically posted in the office’s restrooms, kitchen(s), and other appropriate areas; and that antibacterial soap be available in these and other spaces as well.  Show your initiative by presenting and offering to distribute information and post signs and educational flyers that either you create or obtain free of charge from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website.

Dear Roze:

I’ve had the same employer for 29 years.  I’m eligible and ready to retire, but still want to work since I’m only 52.  I’ve received lots of interest in my experience, knowledge, and skills; but just left an interview feeling worthless.  I had successful interviews with several people from the same company and passed its oral and written tests, but this last guy was the deciding official.  He treated me as if I could bring little value to their organization since I only had my bachelors.  Until meeting with him, I didn’t know I needed more education.  Regardless, his arrogance was uncalled for.  I turned down their piddling offer.  I don’t have to work and won’t tolerate that kind of treatment.  He may have a lot of letters after his name, but he needs some schooling in treating people with respect.  Thanks for letting me vent.

-Put off by arrogance in Virginia Beach

Dear Put off by arrogance in Virginia Beach:

Your email was disheartening.  I am sorry you experienced such unprofessionalism.  That said, obviously, having a higher education does not always make you smart.  Best of luck with whatever you decide to do!

Dear Roze:

I’m a wealth advisor and managing director of an independent practice in N. VA.  As everyone knows, this past year in my line of work has been crazy, but we’re starting to see some improvement.  For the past 15 years, I’ve worked the day after Thanksgiving, but I’m thinking about closing my four-man office this year.  The market traditionally closes at 1:00 PM on this day.  Your thoughts?

-To close or not to close

Dear To close or not to close:

You are smart to think and plan ahead.  Given Thanksgiving’s significance, the large number of people who typically take off the day after, and the fact that the market will only be open for half a day, your clients should be understanding and respectful if you decide to close, not to mention your family’s happiness and appreciation.  I have no doubt that you are always available to your clients.  Send them a communication of the closing if you decide to do so, and encourage them to contact you or your associates with any questions or concerns they want responses to before the holiday.

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