Hello and thanks for coming to read my blog! I have a lot to say today about business, people, business culture, and more, so bare with me this might be a bit long.
In the spirit of transparency, I want you to know that I also work full time at said “Day Job” to support my pursuit of making ASK Fashion a reality. As they say, it takes money to make money, and its true. However I am learning important lessons at my day job that will for sure have their influence on how I conduct business with ASK FASHION. Most of these “lessons” are taken as “what NOT to do”.. as opposed to “what to do”- but more on that later.
As I begin to refer to “WE” I mean- the USA as a whole. There is a bigger picture here; a picture of corporate greed, the bottom line and a total lack of apathy & empathy. The problem I see here is the lack of caring about people; about each other. Since when did things change, that all we care about is ourselves? And all people seem to care about is tearing each other down, instead of building people up? I just don’t get it. This has always bothered me and it just doesn’t make sense.
What is more interesting is the entire chain is effected; in turn we are only hurting ourselves and we don’t even know it. ” We”As a country, we have stopped investing in our people- our education system. On a grander scale, the entire problem starts there.
We are all riding the same bus of life together, we just all have different seats. We are in this together whether we like it or not. At what point did we start hurting instead of helping?
One of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite TV shows of all time- The Walking Dead- one of the main characters Glen says- “We can make it together.. but we can ONLY make it together”. When I heard that, that went right into my heart. More then just surviving the zombie apocalypse- but just living on this planet as people- we will need to work together to survive and to thrive. We will accomplish much more and only better ourselves and each other. By the time we realize this as a society- it will be too late.
Reflecting on the recent 20 lay offs from my day job in the last 6 months, ( but 17 being the most recent) it really makes me wonder. Is it really always only about the money? Trying to fix your corporate mistakes by laying off people- unfortunately it’s story that is told over and over again. I don’t see any upper management reaching into their own pockets to fix the problem.
Given the opportunity, I would have gladly not taken a pay raise, and knew I would help my friend keep her job. No apparently- its easier to just lay off part of the work force. Quite frankly-we are pretty lean as far as employees go; I just can’t see where they can continue to make cuts. It seems like the mindset has changed from quality to quantity. Get as much as you can for as little as possible- and honestly it sickens me. If you have 10 people doing the job of 20, at some point something is going to give.
Company culture comes from the TOP down. Not pointing the blame, as management would so eagerly do themselves- but waking up and coming to work each day, not sure if I will still have my job the next day- is not job security; its ruling through fear. And its a problem. Fear of losing my job won’t make me work harder as a worker- but (as studies show)- just do enough to not lose my job.
And I will be damned if I will let anyone control my fate other than me.
And that’s where ASK Fashion comes in. Starting my own company, and especially my own fashion brand put me in a position to honestly ask myself a lot of questions.
Part of my, and ASK Fashions core values is always putting people first. Always. Not just helping to re-shore American manufacturing and production, but to help invest in people. Investing in Americans, in their education and in their work. One day, helping to provide and teach sewing skills, and production management, all while maintaining ethic and moral working and living standards.
I won’t quite touch upon work ethics, as that is another topic for another post, but it is VERY important to me, and to ASK FASHION. Morals before money. People first. I want to know I am helping my company support not only themselves but each other. There is a saying, taking care of yourself, takes care of more than yourself; while I think that’s true, but helping to take care of others, will also help you take care of yourself as well. We can make it together, but we can ONLY make it together.
What are your thoughts? What would you change if you could? What would you do differently? I would LOVE to hear-
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