I believe Joe and I were both viewed as interlopers and at first the employees seemed to want to ‘train’ us.  I think their loyalty and help to the company while Joe’s brother was sick made them feel ‘entitled’ to run things the way they wanted and they did not, necessarily, want to push the envelope to work any harder than they were already working. 

             I remember when I first started to work at USFSB there were two things that really annoyed me, the lunch time routine and the dress code.  

             It seemed that lunch time started around 10:30, at which time discussion began about where to order lunch.  Then, the menu would be passed around, then someone would finally call to order lunch, then collect the money, then someone would go pick it up, then someone would figure out who received what change, then they would eat lunch, then the change would be distributed, then lunch was finally over—around 1:30.   I write this in such a long run-on sentence to illustrate the process that dragged out this way every day!  Of course, we eventually put a stop to this activity. 

             Looking back on it, it may seem trivial, but I think one reason I was resented was that when I came there, I continued to dress in the professional manner I always did at my previous job.  I didn’t even think about it, I just dressed for work the way I always did.   In this office, we very rarely have any visitors and people dressed very casually.  The dress code was ridiculously casual!  One of the higher level employees wore sweat pants very often and I was quite vocal about this.  This annoyed the employees and I’m sure they thought I was too ‘uppity’. 

             Having dressed in a suit every day for work when practicing law, Joe even started to dress in a very casual manner (jeans) and to this day, it is an ‘argument’ we have about whether or not people’s work demeanor can be shaped by the type of clothes they wear to work.  I did not give in for a long time, but I eventually got to a point where I, also, dressed in a more casual manner.  As our staff evolved over the years, everyone has pretty much adopted this casual style.    

             It was becoming clear that some of the original employees were not working to their potential and over time, we began to hire more motivated people.  I became an integral part of that hiring process, but I, also, had to learn more about other aspects of the business in order to hire people who we thought were qualified.  Over the years, we have had some turn-over with the employees both good and bad, but I believe we finally have the correct mix of personalities and talents that help our business prosper.