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Board: Letterbox Chatter
Nov 27, 2018 3:58pm
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I know we live in an age where people need access to their phones - but where I work - they have bereted us with policy after policy to get people to work. As I don't look at mine at work - I'll avoid answering ANY phone at all cost - every time I have to listen to new policy updates it drives me nuts...

Do you have cell phone policies at work? If so - what are they and how does your company enforce them? Because where I work - they fail miserably and have now resorted to a 'zero tolerance' policy... this as we install turnstiles to get into work because people are afraid of their co-workers carry guns and shooting each other in our work place. lowers eyes, and shakes head at where we've been reduced to
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 4:23pm
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My employer seems to have gone the opposite direction - embracing the technology wave of personal devices. There is a "bring your own device" practice is place where they have developed or purchased secure apps for people to use to receive business email and instant messages from co-workers even. They have also allowed people to turn in their office (wired) phones and use their personal cell phones for business and personal calls. There has always been policies in place to ban person use of company computers for personal web surfing and social media but it is only discouraged on personal devices during "company" time. Breaks and lunchtime are fine. Since the vast majority of employees are salaried, as opposed to hourly, workers it is assumed that as long as you get your assigned work responsibilities done well then you are doing okay.
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 5:03pm
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The cell phone policies where I work are being relaxed more and more. As a matter of fact, we are encouraged to use them to enhance customer experience. Also, the convenience of being able to text both hourly and salary co-workers is more expedient than hunting them down or paging them. And from a billion dollar corporation's point of view, if the minions can communicate freely on their own dime, why not? It saves 'the man' from having to invest in walkies and saves man hours in running after the few landlines we have.
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 5:22pm
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At the airlines, we are not supposed to use our own phone while onboard the aircraft working. However the company has issued us a company " tablet" which is a Samsung phone, it does not work as a phone but as a tablet for us to receive and send company emails, I we can only surf company websites and it also contains all our manuals and even specific flight information ( like passenger manifests etc ) So now passengers think we are on our phones all the time when really I'm looking up connection info or weather. Or seat assignments. ( is that dog supposed to be in a carrier or is it a " service animal"?? Etc etc etc

Amanda from Seattle
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 5:26pm
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Studies have shown that workers are more productive if they are able to take a few minutes every hour to check their phones or chat with a coworker. Your company's policy may actually be having the opposite affect that they intended.

TG
Re: I cant even contain myself!
Board: Travel the World, Eat Some Cow Lips
Reply to: #569803 by Crazyolis
Nov 27, 2018 5:42pm
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Or you could do like I did. Join the Navy and get paid to go, lol!
Anyway, congratulations and take lots of pics!
Re: Quiet Place Exits Stage Left
Board: Event News and Planning
Reply to: #968793 by Quiet Place
Nov 27, 2018 7:05pm
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You're in my thoughts and prayers too. I hope you'll check back in here from time to time and let us all know how you're doing.
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 7:27pm
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I don't touch my phone at work, if I can help it, at all. Being a personal trainer, people are paying me *very* well to give them my undivided attention. This doesn't bother me at all, and I carry a flip phone, because it does what I need it to do, and is really easy to ignore.
Re: Happy Cake Day Hart X6
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #968805 by caveman-80-inc.
Nov 27, 2018 7:38pm
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I echo the others - wishing you a wonderful AQversary! Hope you were able to enjoy something Letterbox related. It was fun finally meeting you in IL this past summer. You’re a great guy. It was a pleasure.

Wishing you a wonderful day and LB week ahead!
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968833 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 27, 2018 8:29pm
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They really don't care... part of the problem is that the few that it is impacting their productivity the leaders don't talk to - so instead everyone gets treated like 6 year-olds
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968838 by estella_naparella
Nov 27, 2018 8:30pm
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I don't touch mine either - like I mentioned - I hate phones and only carry it as I have kids that might need to reach me...
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 9:24pm
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Do you have cell phone policies at work?

We are allowed to use phones at work. How else would we keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube, Netflix, Atlas Quest, and Trekkie Gal's Survivor Pool Updates? Silly...
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 27, 2018 10:28pm
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Because of the confidentiality agreement we have with our clients, cell phones must be off and out of sight at all times in our rooms (think classroom-like setting)

That said, we tend to be relaxed about people having phones on vibrate, particularly during the evening shift as the main desk is not always manned, as long as they are not taking them out in the rooms.
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968833 by Trekkie Gal
Nov 27, 2018 10:55pm
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Studies have shown that workers are more productive if they are able to take a few minutes every hour to check their phones or chat with a coworker.

I bet someone who really likes their phone did that study. *nodding* =)

It's not a big problem for me. My employer is pretty lax about how or when I use my phone, and I often leave it off for days at a time.

I find stuff like that distracting anyhow. I don't leave email programs running in the background so I don't get that distracting "You have mail!" beep. Most of my email addresses I only check once per day. And ringing phones (which are usually just telemarketers anyhow) or text messages are also distracting when I'm concentrating deeply on my work. Leave me alone!

I'll read email, check voice mail and text messages when I'm bored with nothing better to do. =) Actually, the voice mail and text messages I typically only find when I have to turn on my phone to call or text someone and--oh, look at that! I have messages!

-- Ryan
Re: A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968753 by R
Nov 28, 2018 3:17am
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Nifty! I'm not sure we can make the ribbon cutting ceremony - daughter is in a dance for charity. But LOVE having something to find close by!
Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Nov 28, 2018 4:12am
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Hi,
My daughter wants to do a community service type of project. She is inspired by 'feel good' things, she did a "16 Random Acts of Kindness" when she turned 16. She did things like take cookies to the firehouse, toys to the childrens hospital, gave out kindness cards, flowers, etc.

She now wants to create a wall titled "Today will be a good day and here's the reason why" where people can write nice notes to themselves and others.

Is something like that grantworthy? Where and how exactly does one search for grant money?

She has made a list of things she needs to do, find the perfect spot for it, (in our little village somewhere), figure out what exactly to make it out of, what will withstand the cold winter months here, how to build it, research how much it will cost, find out who to talk to for permission to put it up in the village....We just have to figure out how to pay for it. I said if it was like $50 I am fine with paying for it. If its like $500 I am not. It will be somewhere in between.

I do like the idea of applying for money, I think it also validates the project. I am just not sure of where she should start searching....any ideas?

Thanks!
Re: Happy Cake Day Hart X6
Board: Look at Me! Look At You!
Reply to: #968805 by caveman-80-inc.
Nov 28, 2018 4:59am
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Happy Cake Day to Hart X6!
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 5:20am
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1st I just want to say that your daughter's projects make me so happy! I think spreading a little hope is wonderful! (and people so desperately need a little hope!). I got a case of the warm fuzzies just reading your post!

Grant worthy? I think so. Something like Go Fund Me (although that is sometimes "hit-or-miss" and if nothing comes of it, I don't want her to get disappointed/discouraged. On the same note, if she makes something like a Go Fund Me and you post that again here, sometimes AQ folks step in to help out-a member did that several years ago and offered LB Trading Cards if we let them know we donated to the cause-not necessary, but an idea).

Sometimes places like Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts or Kiwanis might help out and take it on as a project (they are often looking for community service).

I hope this helps! Please keep us posted :)
-PLP
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 5:39am
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This is when I'd put a plug in for local government. If you're in a smaller town, find out who is on town council and send them an email outlining what you want to do. They should be able to tell you all about who to contact to get the right permits and what to expect cost wise, etc.
Re: Box maintenance
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #968817 by Green Tortuga
Nov 28, 2018 5:40am
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WOW! That's really nifty!

(I would now like to suggest a "WOW! That's really nifty!" button for responses, although it might be seen as too long ;) )

Thanks for a really great website and very interesting information!
-PLP
Re: A new Land Conservation Preserve that welcomes letterboxes
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #968845 by shamrock mom
Nov 28, 2018 6:17am
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not sure we can make the ribbon cutting ceremony

Don't worry one bit about not making it to the ribbon cutting ceremony. It will be a zoo. What you want is to get on the trails and find my box!! You can enjoy that even better without the crowd! ;)
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 6:25am
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Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 6:37am
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I agree with contacting the town council to get information about permits and requirements. When she knows precisely what she needs, I think contacting local non-profits and businesses to solicit donations of the materials (Home Depot has a foundation for charitable causes, as do others) as well as volunteer labor for the building part - Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Rotary, Soroptimits, and any other civic-minded groups, many of whom look for ways to contibute to their local communities. I think that involving local people makes it more meaningful than soliciting funds from strangers through grants or social media.
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 7:09am
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In a previous time I was a contractor so I’ve done my share of dealing with municipalities. In my opinion there are things that need to be done before concerning yourself with funding. Have your daughter draft up a proposal. In it include the aim of the project, where it will be located (and if that land is legally available), the dimensions of the wall and state that she intends to fund it herself. This will need to be submitted to city (probably the building dept).

Others have mentioned various way to acquire the actual funding - all good suggestions. From my experience, given that this is a community project, permissions will be a bigger stumbling block than financing.

It sounds like a worthy goal. Kudos to your daughter and good luck to you both!

DZ
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968854 by DarkZen and Evil Cow Pie
Nov 28, 2018 7:18am
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Thanks for the ideas! More to add to her To Do list!
Re: Box maintenance
Board: Stupider Questions About Letterboxing
Reply to: #968850 by PeaceLovePiano and Mom
Nov 28, 2018 7:20am
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I want the smite button back. I'm having a very smiteful Wednesday. Teaching middle school will do that to a person.
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 7:26am
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Middle school NJHS groups have mandatory community service hours. They could spend that fundraising &/or helping with the project itself.
Re: Finding new letterboxers/looking for a bargain
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968799 by Mizscarlet
Nov 28, 2018 7:27am
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It *had* started down the road to facebutt level discussions. I call that the merry go round stage......round and round and going no place fast.

Although Ryan may soon have to find another animal.

https://psmag.com/environment/what-killed-these-lemurs
Re: cell phone policies
Board: Letterbox Chatter
Reply to: #968828 by mudflinginfools
Nov 28, 2018 7:40am
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Our industry has multiple issues with cell phones, etc. The biggest one is carrying contamination into the Controlled Production Environments. Phones (can) touch the face and mouth and, therefore, become fomites for carrying germs. Some of those germs might not be sterilized off of the devices we make for doctors to use in the human brain......BAD SCENARIO there.

Second issue is distraction, US Federal (and international laws) have very specific requirements for focusing on the tasks at hand; since conversations can carry the possibility of distraction, we've had to put a zero tolerance policy in place for all production support areas.

We've got people bypassing these policies but maintaining they can turn on their phones without touching them but we've countered with the distraction issue. People get one warning and then terminated for cause.

New technology forces us to revisit this area routinely, but it's never easy.
Re: Searching for grant money
Board: Yakking It Up
Reply to: #968846 by Crazyolis
Nov 28, 2018 7:59am
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In our area several of the banks have community grant programs. That might be another place to look. Maybe check the local paper. Often groups that give these types of small grants get coverage in the local paper - that might give you some other local sources to try.