I have been known to focus on what I see as negative at my work place, and seldom write about what is positive.
Our senior vice-president of production, Mark Kurdich, has made many changes at the Olympic Facility that are very positive for the workforce.
With the promotion of our new vice-president of production, Russ Newton (AKA Wayne), tensions have eased and it is actually rather fun coming to work again.
Our new plant manager, Greg Malcolm(AKA The Cowboy), is also a people person and the supervisors no longer need a heads-up when the Director of Operations is in the pressroom, as we have done in the past.
Returning pressroom manager, Johnny Walker, has even changed his attitude, and takes our ribbing very well. And gives it back as well.
As a direct result of management changes, production figures are soaring to new heights every week. Rolls per break are at seventy rolls per break, papers per hour are slowly increasing as the press speeds have risen, and newsprint waste is dropping as the printing presses are getting the attention they so dearly need.
A few of my co-workers are never pleased with any changes, and continue to bitch and moan, and mis-direct their anger at the wrong people. Major changes at the Los Angeles Times are made from Chicago, not from Los Angeles.
We all have options, we can remain un-happy, or we can embrace change and smile, what will your choice be?