Does Your Boss Value You?


It has been an interesting few weeks and one of those things that has struck me is the continuing discussion around Palm Bay Pest Control. The announcement at the start of last week that under government reforms that the UK’s biggest firms might need to show how much more their chief executives are compensated compared with the average employee. Whilst the CEO is often critical in steering the management of several companies, I feel that, in a great deal of cases, they’re not essential to the success of the company and the value placed on their abilities is often too large. In many businesses both public and private the management pay scale far outweighs that of the people that actually create the merchandise, provide the services or carry out the administration. Whilst it’s important to have people that provide direction and make often difficult choices, there are far too many in this position. If all’the employees’ weren’t around then nothing would have to be handled because there would be no goods or services. The point I am trying to make is that there’s too wide a gulf and it just seems to be getting wider. When our nurses complain since they’re restricted to a 1 percent pay rise across the NHS board you may understand it. If you are a manger already earning #60,000 annually an additional #50 a month is fine, if you are a nurse earning #23,000 an additional #19 per month isn’t helpful. They feel valued and know that their function is respected so that they work hard and care for our customers, which reflects well on our interaction with the customers also. It is a winwin situation. Many smaller companies run this way. I would love to find companies reducing the pay divide across all sectors of the marketplace. I am positive the results achieved by this action would be amazing and could place the UK on a solid path of economic growth with a more satisfied work force. There’s absolutely not any justification for two people who do exactly the same job being paid different amounts of money. Whilst this is good news it only goes to underline the amount of the problem. Yes, the issue is one of sex. Girls are often seen as unable to take out higher level jobs. Here is an idea Ladies, another kid you have, no matter sex, call them John. Would you believe there are more guys called’John’ running FTSE 100 businesses than there are real women directors! I also feel that girls are somewhat to blame. We’ve been so desperate to prove ourselves, as great as, if not better, than our male counterparts that we’ve allowed them to limit our wages. Falsely believing that it’s much better to find the job, with lesser pay than we think others could be compensated, because when it’s realised exactly how competent we are that the salary increases would follow. My own experience is that when you have accepted this type of role, you’ve made a rod for your back and it’s quite tricky to negotiate massive increases to equalise the cover. Girls have qualities that men do not and these have to be appreciated. Yes, we frequently have kids that disturb our professions, but what we learn from this kind of experience is worth its’weight in gold’. It doesn’t diminish our value to the work force, it enhances it. Although gender is a problem for pay, it’s not the only one. In a report completed by Sir John Parker last year that he found that only 8% of all directors are non-white. Only seven firms accounted for a third of all directors hailing from ethnic minority backgrounds, while 53 companies didn’t have one non-white executive on the board. With our ever changing UK civilization this can’t be good or right for these companies if there isn’t a fair representation of the workforce as a whole. There’s not any quick, simple solution to such issues but the more that the issues are highlighted and spoke about the nearer we will move to obtaining the inequalities corrected. It’s everybody’s duty to question bias, in whatever form, as it rears its ugly head and there’s absolutely not any excuse not to. I do not believe in positive discrimination for a means to place women or ethnic minorities on the board. However I do believe that the best individual, whoever that it, ought to be selected and paid accordingly.


Lighthouse Keeping


In 1792 Patos Island was named Isla de Patos (Island of Ducks), by Spanish Explorers Galiano and Bazan maybe because of the many ducks that inhabited the island. Interestingly, the island was a hiding place for smugglers due to its nearness to the Canadian border and its many trees and trees. The island’s first light was on Boundary Pass only opposite Canada’s Saturna Island. Patos Island is at the northern entrance to the Canal de Haro. This was a very dangerous passage because of strong currents and foggy weather. In March of 1891 Congress appropriated $12,000 to erect an aid to navigation which consisted of a double dwelling, fog signal building, water tanks and a pole light at the western end of the island. The actual building was finished late in 1893. Thus there was a white light on the side of the station and a red light on a ten foot tall white stake on Patos Island. By 1915 several improvements were made with the consequence of a new fog signal and a lighthouse with a fresnel lens. Harry Mahler was paid $700 per year as head keeper and Edward Durgan received $500 per year as president. After serving as lighthouse keeper at a number of distinct locations on the West Coast Durgan returned in 1905 into Patos Island as the head light keeper. He arrived at at Patos with wife Estelle and their thirteen children where he became really renowned. Despite the fact that it had a mild climate, Patos Island was very isolated. The Durgan family would travel twenty-six water miles once a month to Bellingham, Washington for supplies. Their nearest neighbor was Saturna Island in Canada which was just over three miles away by water. Seven of the children came down with smallpox and keeper Durgan, so as to signal for assistance flew the lighthouse flag upside down. Eventually help did come but one account states that three of the kids died. While another account was that one kid succumbed. A third bookkeeping states that the child who died likely died of appendicitis, not smallpox Helene Durgan Glidden, one of the living children later wrote a memoir titled”The Light on the Island”. In this writing she told of her talks with God, how she played with her pet cow and wandered the shores of the island which she called”the petticoats” of Patos Island. George Loholt substituted Durgan as headkeeper with Mary Durgan’s husband, Noah Clark, staying on as assistant keeper. Trips over the rough waters for visiting or purchasing were dangerous. In 1911 Noah Clark motored to Blaine,Washington to pick up his wife, Mary and their young son who had been visiting the Durgans. The ship started filling with water and Clark jumped overboard for help to save his loved ones and he was never seen again. His loved ones, after drifting in the water all night, eventually crawled on top of the cabin when the boat full of water. Fortunately they had been rescued after grounding onto a shoal. In August 1912, a distress signal was coming from Patos Island. Captain Newcombe of the Canadian fishery protection tug noticed the signal and stopped at the island to investigate. This Loholt had left the station in a boat two days earlier without any explanation leaving Stark to carry out all the responsibilities alone. Captain Newcombe advised the lighthouse inspector at Portland, who proceeded to Patos Island. Inspector Beck arrived at Patos and discovered that the two men had been fighting and that one had threatened to kill the other and drove him from the island. Ultimately the assistant was suspended and Keeper Loholt continued on as head lighthouse keeper for another ten years or more. During which time he rendered assistance to many vessels in distress. Those accounts were mentioned in the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lighthouses. Telephone service came to the island in 1919 and took care of much of the communication issue. The lighthouse is now a part of Patos Island State Park and has been revived and is being cared for by a group of selfless volunteers. The lighthouse can be visited by boat from either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. In recent years there are docents to open the lighthouse to visitors during the summer months. The lighthouse is best visited by boat. Keepers of the Patos Light have experienced docents on the island in recent years to open the lighthouse to visitors during the summer months. Orcas Island Eclipse Charters has provided Lighthouse Tours in the past that pass by Patos Island. Outer Island Excursions offers trips to Patos Island that include a hike to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is owned by the Bureau of Land Management. Grounds.open, lighthouse closed


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