There’s a weird feeling in going back to your roots, especially years on down the road. Maybe it’s a drive past a childhood home, or stopping into the restaurant where you had your first job. The last time you were in this place, you were just starting out in the world. Now you’re a full-fledged adult, with all of the experience and wisdom and baldness that implies.
Today’s Optical marketplace is changing at lighting speed. And while I’m sure this isn’t news to you, what you may be missing is that there is a tremendous opportunity to help mentor the new generation of Optical Professionals who are entering the ﬁeld. I’ve been in this ﬁeld for almost 20 years and I can tell you that as a young Optician, I relied heavily on the expertise of those around me. And still to this day when I ﬁnd myself in a situation that is new to me I reach out often to people who have mentored me over the years.
Personnel management has its challenges. First, you need employees to physically show up for work, and second you need them to mentally check in. This isn’t always easy. However, when you look at the cost of lost productivity from employees who half-heartedly go through the day, the numbers are staggering.