Hip-hip hooray! Three cheers for MiM, the new summer schedule, and for another sustainability effort at Foerstel.
For the third year in a row, Foerstel has participated in the ACHD May in Motion campaign (MiM). This year we had 58% participation which is pretty good considering several of our people live out in the Meridian area, and several have children and the busy schedules that go along with those children! We were happy about the participation this year. We were also happy that Tom decided to trial the options of four 10-hour days and telecommuting for the month to see how it worked with a small group like ours. Tom is not sure he liked the echos he heard in the office on certain days. He also thought he heard crickets, but I think it was his imagination playing tricks on him…..or Ralphie up to her old tricks.
We have an internal prize drawing each year to motivate the staff and encourage participation. Linda is usually the top point earner, but this year, Daryl and Jeff gave her a run for her money! We had a three-way tie for the “Foerstel MiM Grand Prize Winner” and the fun fact about this is that Linda primarily biked, Jeff primarily carpooled, and Daryl primarily carpooled to work and took the bus home.
Since Tom is not particularly fond of “echos and crickets” he proposed a different schedule for the summer—9-hour days Monday through Thursday and four hours on Friday morning. Friday afternoons are pretty quiet anyway, so starting next week we will be closing the office on Fridays by 12:30. All of the Foerstel staff will be participating in the new summer schedule. Even Ralphie.