Why “Best Practices” Aren’t Good For Your Business

When we’re young and inexperienced, we learn from watching others. Sometimes, there’s so much to pick up that we don’t ask questions about why something is done a certain way, we just accept that the most used practice is the best. This method is ideal when we’re learning to read or to ride a bicycle, but in business it often falls short of the desired outcome. This is because the business world is constantly evolving, so the problems faced when the “best practice” was conceived are not the problems faced when it is put in motion years later.

This is perhaps best explained via allegory: there was a woman who, whenever she cooked roast, would cut the ends off. When her husband asked why she did it, she said she didn’t know, it was how her father cooked roast, and his was delicious. When questioned by his daughter, the woman’s father said he didn’t know why he did it, it was what his mother always did. When the woman asked her grandmother, the grandmother laughed and said that she cut the ends off because her roast pan was too small to fit the whole roast. While in this story, the miscommunication is cute, in business it can be hugely detrimental. If we don’t question why we do things in a certain way, we’ll never progress to meet new challenges and create new and innovative solutions.

The best way to do this is to encourage your employees and management both to ask questions of why standard practices are “standard”. If your corporate culture embraces thoughtful questioning, you’ll have the most informed and independent workforce around. Encourage them to identify problems themselves, and then to think through the solutions before you give them your “best practice” answer – their solutions might be faster, more rounded, or might address the problem from a different angle that works better for the company. The bottom line is, when you trust your employees enough to allow them to question your standard operating procedures, you might be surprised with the answers they come up with, and both you and your company will benefit.

Cat Steals Food!

Meatball is a fat cat who likes to eat more than his share. When he became a dad, no one told him the kids come first. So, when his kittens started getting solid food, the fat dad began eating their share as well as his own! Meatball, his mate Mochi and their offspring Nugget and Pepper live in Hong Kong with their humans, Daphnie and Koon Wah.

When Meatball started gaining weight, the couple realized what was really going on and decided they had to stop the food thief from stealing from the mouths of babes, namely his own.

Little Pepper had followed in her Dad’s footsteps, and that was the last straw. Koon Wah built partitions to separate the cats during their meals and Daphnie used fabric from some sake they had bought in Japan and sewed them in front of each cat’s area.

 

The couple says that dad and daughter are still overweight, but the new rules during meal times have helped move things in the right direction.

Meatball may be a thief but he sure is CUTE!

Move Over, LinkedIn! Facebook Is Testing A Feature That Will Allow You To Search For Your Dream Job

Every day over 1 billion people worldwide use Facebook. 1 billion people perusing for hours on the social media platform to check in on their ex-significant other, checking out what their friends ate for the day and maybe even finding gainful employment? Finally, maybe all those hours we spent scrolling and liking were actually productive!

 

Even though the social media platform has over 1 billion users, they are actively working to find ways to draw in even more users. The latest step in Facebook acquiring more users sees them branching into the world of job recruitment.

A spokesperson for Facebook recently said, “Based on behavior we’ve seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we’re running a test for Page admins to create job postings and receive applications from candidates.”

With the new Jobs functionality, companies would be able to drive even greater traffic to their Facebook pages and pay the social network to ensure that their job openings find their way in front of potential candidates, similar to how Facebook Ads or sponsored posts work today. Of course, the new Jobs feature also see’s Facebook taking a competitive stab at LinkedIn which has served as the primary online career focused social media platform.

The new Jobs feature announcement comes just a month after Facebook enabled their Marketplace. Marketplace allows users to directly buy and sell items locally, up to a 100 mile radius of where you are. A quick glance at the Marketplace shows countless listings for clothes, shoes, cars and even services like window tinting.

Next time someone tries to judge you for spending hours on Facebook, just tell them you’re job hunting!

 

 

New Waterfalls at Yosemite

It’s official, guys – the California drought is over, thanks to a heavy rain- and snowfall last winter! The unusually wet weather also had another miraculous effect: it produced dozens of new waterfalls at Yosemite National Park! Yosemite gets the majority of its water from snow in the Sierra Mountains melting throughout the summer and running down into the trademark valleys below, and this year the snowpacks were 200% bigger than is usual. That means it’s bigger than the past four years combined, and that means the famous waterfalls of the park just keep on multiplying!

The spring/summer season, which normally sees an increase of visitors to the park, is practically exploding with people intent on seeing the beauty of this increase in water and the lush, verdant growth it’s causing. However, though it is providing so many natural wonders, the water increase means that danger of flooding is extremely high. The Merced River was only half a foot away from being a technical flood, and that was at the beginning of May! Park officials, who have many seasons at Yosemite under their belts, say there’s still about 20 more feet of the snowpack that will melt, meaning a potentially dangerous flood might be imminent.

We don’t predict that possibility is going to deter anyone from visiting the park, however. Scott Gediman, a park ranger, doesn’t think so either. “With the incredible waterfalls going right now, it’s attracting a lot of people.” If you plan on being one of them, remember to listen to the park’s radio stations for flood warnings and respect road closures and warning signs to stay safe. And take lots of pictures, because this Spring is promising to be incredible!

NICU Nurse Takes Job to Whole New Level

Giving birth to a premature baby is something no expectant parent intends or plans for. What is supposed to be one of the most joyous moments of the whole pregnancy journey becomes one of fear and anxiety as parents watch their newborn baby fight for it’s life. Premature babies often spend weeks in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), and the thought of leaving them there often deters parents from going home from the hospital for days at a time. The process is exhausting and draining, both for parents and for their babies.

 

Chris and Michelle Korres were facing that very process when their son Benjamin was born two months early. After spending a solid week in the hospital with him, the two new parents reluctantly took a night off to get a good night’s sleep at home. When they returned, however, they found somethings brightly colored hanging from his IV pole. Upon closer inspection, Michelle burst into tears! Someone had created Benjamin a tiny blue cape with a big red B on it, and left it on his IV with a note that read, “To our little Superhero, love Stephanie T.”!

It turns out that “Stephanie T.” is actually Stephanie Treherne, a NICU nurse who knows just how hard the first weeks of a premature baby’s life can be. Though she had never met Michelle or Chris, she knew Benjamin from her time on staff and thought it deserved the cape. “It represents exactly how we see the babies. These babies are super strong. They fight through so much. They’re just little superheroes.” The Korreses were overwhelmed by the simple gesture of kindness and faith in their son, especially since it’s clear the cape was handmade just for Benjamin! Nurses like Stephanie make the hard journey through the NICU just a little easier with their kindness, compassion, and willingness to go the extra mile for parents and their babies!