From U.S. — 10/01/2010
Well, I’ve been reading this site now for several months, and finally feel compelled to chime in. Therefore, here are my three cents regarding some of the most recent and frequently mentioned topics:
1. When did “profit” become such a bad word in this country? Last time I checked, most companies exist to provide goods and services to people who want or need them in turn to make a profit. Does Wal-Mart want to make a profit? Does Microsoft want to make a profit? Does the corner deli in your local town want to make a profit? I believe the answer to these and to any other company you can name is “yes”. USIS is a company that provides goods and service to people who want or need it, and they rightly deserve to make a profit. Usually all of this bad-mouthing “profit” talk is reserved for “Big Oil” (but that’s a topic for another board), So please stop vilifying this company, or frankly any other company for wanting to make a “profit“. Bonus points for anyone who can post the difference between the following: gross profit, net profit, EBITA. Know the difference and use the correct terminology.
2. Background Investigations is an inherently government function. HA! Please, the government can’t even run the education system, and you want to entrust them with national security. Yes, those things you call “public schools” are nothing more than “government schools”, and look at the sad state of affairs there (again, a topic for another board). I would much sooner have the background investigation process in the hands of private companies who want to turn out a thorough, quality, and timely product. This in turn will generate more business which in turn will generate more…wait for it….here it comes...that evil word again…PROFIT. USIS is paid and earns its’ share of the contract based on the work it performs. The government is paid every two weeks when taxes are taken from my paycheck. The government has no incentive to do a good job.
3. There also seems to be quite the discussion regarding falsification on ROIs, timesheets, and overall not doing a thorough job on your cases. Well my comment to this is, if you are aware of it and don’t report it you are just as guilty (in my book). However, if this is something you just assume because so-and-so on your team hasn’t missed any ACDs and you believe they are working off the clock, I say prove it or shut up about it. Perhaps instead of being ticked off about it, ask them what they do to ensure timely closures. You might actually pick up a good pointer.
In closure, a great leader in this company once gave the advice that if you say something negative, you should say ten positive comments that day to make up for it. So before I am called corporate a** kisser, brown-noser, drinking the kool-aide, or any of the other names I’ve seen. I challenge each and every one of you who posts a response to this to end with one positive comment about your co-worker(s), TL, DM, BUOM, VP, or the company as a whole. You may find it brightens your outlook.
So here is my positive, CONGRATS to all of the teams who received the $250/$500 morale money incentive for being 95/97% ACD compliant in P12. I am sure your TLs, DMs, etc. are all very proud. You should be proud as well. I am sure you all worked extremely hard and are deserving of such recognition and reward. Funny how I haven’t seen this mentioned in any of the other posts. Coincidence