Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?
These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.
Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...
...seems to be working so far
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Setting The Example To Follow Locally
Amazing, of course, but not surprising in hind sight. OSV has made some great moves over the past few years that have been very successful, that have resulted in many more visitors, and much more revenue. Their latest move in saving money for the Village is excellent. OSV has hired Swedish company Securitas Security Services USA INC to take over their current security department. The neat thing about this, besides saving the Village a lot of money is that part of the agreement with Securitas is that none of the current eleven security employees will be displaced. They will either be offered positions in the new department, or positions with Securitas elsewhere.
Times change, and changes inevitably have to be made, but they don't have to be heartless. For those retained at the security department there may be changes in salary, benefits, and hours, but they won't be let go if they are eligible after background checks.
It is good to see that thought was put into the current employees welfare. Over the past few years this has been a rare occurrence elsewhere due to the economy. I think when an entity keeps the most basic things dear during changes, or crisis, they may fair better than those that don't. Simple matter of having consideration for others, and letting it guide you when making decisions, and hard choices.
It is just a small part of a major shift in attitude that occurred a few years ago when Donhue took over. It is why they are succeeding today.
Watch OSV, and learn from what they have done, are doing, and have in store. There are great lessons to learn here.