May 27, 2010

Diapers, Recognition & Diet

I actually have a few random rants for this Thursday heading into the lovely, long holiday weekend. This will be a long post to make up for my lack of blogging in the past couple of weeks.

Pamper's Diapers With "New Dry Max Technology"

We have been using Pampers ever since my son was born. The old Swaddlers were the most cuddly soft diapers and they never leaked. They were the best! I was so sad when he outgrew the Swaddlers and we had to move to the Cruisers which just seemed like the next logical step on the diaper chain. Most recently, Pampers revealed their new Dry Max technology. I didn't think much of it. I actually thought it was a unique idea, i.e. reducing waste because holy crap, no pun intended, there is a lot of it with a baby and heck a less leakable diaper? I'm on board. Still not thinking much about it, a Facebook advocacy group popped up asking to bring the other Pampers back because the new "Dry Max Technology" was causing rashes as well as 2nd & 3rd degree burns on their poor little babies- with the pictures to prove it. After a couple weeks of using the new Pampers, Jack's diaper rash just kept getting worse and worse with the pinnacle of it coming when the rash grew across his entire bum. For the simple reason of cuteness alone, we had bought a package of the cute new Huggies Denim diapers. Within a day his rash was completely gone. Still not convinced, we sent him back to daycare on Monday where they are stocked full of the new Pampers from us. Rash back in full force. Changed back to Huggies. Back to normal. Coincidence? I think not. I'm glad that it was as simple as a rash and not a burn like some of the others.

Not to go too much on a tangent, but I guess I get it. Companies are trying to save a buck. Proctor &  Gamble is no different. What I don't understand is their fervent defense of their new Dry Max. They absolutely refuse to take any responsibility on how this change affected THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of Pampers users. Don't you care about babies? If you cared about your business, you would care about losing so many of what used to be VERY loyal customers. I've officially changed to Huggies. I so can't wait until my kiddo is potty trained! The other company that has made scary mistakes is Johnson & Johnson. How many times have I given my kid Tylenol and Motrin over the past 21 months thinking that it was helping him when it could've been hurting him. Being a mom is so hard. You have to trust someone right? But who? Is everyone really that callous to care only about their bottom line and not about BABIES??

Job Recognition

I thought this would be a nice transition to talk a little bit about my job. All the talk about companies doing desperate things to save money is one thing that my little CU doesn't do. We REALLY care about our Members. We go the extra mile. I'm sure all CU's say something like this, but isn't that what being a CU is really all about? Yup. We would never even consider continuing to do anything that would put our Members' money in jeopardy. Anyway. I digress. We had an all-employee meeting last night and I walked away a little more renewed. See, I've been feeling pretty down about my job lately: lack of creative freedom, zero flexibility with my schedule, no chance of promotion (ever) and now no chance of getting a raise (I'm at the top of my salary range). We discussed employee engagement and it goes something like this:
Foundation:
a) I know what is expected of me at work. (Sure)
b) I have the right tools and equipment to do my job (um... nope. A laptop would be lovely. Thank you)
How I feel about the company:
1) I like our vision and direction (YES)
2) My associates do quality work (some of them yes, some of them no)
3) My opinions count (not very often)
4) I have a best friend at work (Nope- that is by choice. I have friends but not best friends. Yes there is a difference)
My development at work:
1) Someone at work encourages my development and talks about my progress (Ummm...sometimes?)
2) Someone at work cares about me as a person (sure)
3) I receive recognition weekly for doing good work (nope)
4) At work, I get to do what I do best (big no. I'm held back both creatively and technically)
Long-Term Development:
The company provides me opportunities to learn and grow (in some ways yes, but not the way I want)

So why do I want to stay here, right? I still feel like I want to hang out another year or two. 4-5 years at one place is a nice number on the resume. I hate job jumping, but I need to face facts: I need to make more money and I have the experience to make more money. Well, at the end of the evening, they were doing employee recognition awards. Being one of those background employees, I don't usually get much recognition. So, I checked my Facebook and Twitter, I texted my husband and then... my name was called! What??? The CEO had written up a recognition. For ME! He recognized me for the work I did when my boss was on maternity leave and that I did a spectacular job. I was pretty stoked about being recognized in front of my peers and by the CEO nonetheless. I did work really hard during those 9 weeks, but, I didn't do it to get attention. I did her job (AND MINE) to prove that I could do it and was capable of doing it well. I want to make sure that if my boss ever leaves that I am the next in line to get promoted. Pretty sure I did a good job of that. Overall though- it was a great night and it gave me a renewed interest in my job and what I do. Am I still keeping my nose on the job market? Yes. I can't have another baby unless we have more money coming in, so unfortunately despite my new energy, I need to keep my eye on the salary prize.

Quick Diet Note
Join me at: SparkPeople.com

I haven't made it a huge secret that I need to lose the baby weight and that it has been a miserable struggle for me. Working out is just one of those things I can't seem to fit into my schedule and by 7:30p when the kid goes to bed, I want nothing more than to veg. I know. They are just excuses. So, I woke up this morning after having a bad dream about being passed over for a job for a prettier (skinnier) girl and knew that I had to make a change. My subconscious is telling me something and I intend to answer. A wake up call? Maybe not fully. But this not only tells me that I have some major self-esteem issues brewing here, but it is also telling me that it is time to get back on the wagon. For real. I'm going to take baby steps- nothing drastic- getting out for a walk at night. Following the Buff Brides(maids) program. Getting a new Wii fitness game for rainy nights. Going to some classes at the gym. This NEEDS to be a priority. Period. No more excuses. This officially is serving as my re-commitment to getting healthy! (P.S. I'm planning to go back to SparkPeople for food tracking).

Phew! That was a lot of ranting. I feel better! Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!  

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