Why practicing good attendance matters?

  • Why does attendance matter?
  • Why should high school kids know that attendance is important?
  • Why should high school kids develop good attendance habits?

These were questions sent to members via the local Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the local school district.  I love the fact that the school reaches out for a business perspective. More than just lip service to the idea of business and education cooperation.

Why does attendance matter?  

When you first start out in a job, attendance matters. It matters because it shows you care. You care about the work. You care about the workload your teammates  have. In today’s lean staffing times, when you aren’t there – the team has to make up for your absence by working harder.

When you are at work on time your actions tell your  boss, your teammates, and your  organization:  I care and you can count on me, you can trust me to do what I commit to doing.

Being there, being on time, and being ready to work with the team or the group is a fundamental way of saying – I’m part of this, we’re in this together.

As you advance your career and you start getting more responsibilities the nature of attendance changes.  Availability becomes important.

Now, although you may not have to be physically there because you’re there via technology, you’re still part of the team. You have contributions to make, that you have folks depending on your work, and that you are depending on the work of others.  When you say you’ll be available or when you are scheduled to be available – you need to be available.

Why learn and practice good attendance in high school?

Yeah, I know, it sounds old fashioned, but promptness and attendance are fundamental aspects of professional behavior that evolve into availability, reliability, and ultimately trust.  You do what you say you’ll do, you’ll be where you say you’ll be when you agree you’ll be there. (And if not, you let everyone know well ahead of time.)

Story Time – Why does attendance matter?

One time, I hired a number of guys to help the organization I was working for.  We were moving from one place to another. Each day we met at 7AM in the hotel lobby for breakfast and coffee, then as a group we went over to the job site to pack, wire, unpack, and generally  work our behinds off doing a million things.

They were a bunch of young guys who were put up in a hotel in a city away from home. So many times after work, the guys would go off for dinner and a few beers. I let everyone know that I expected everyone to be at breakfast, ready to go at 7 AM – regardless of what they did on their own time.

How could I expect this? Once upon a time I did that kind of work and partied with the team after work. But, I rolled out of bed and got to work on time because my team, the mission, and my teammates were counting on me.

One time, someone didn’t show up at 0700. We sent one of the team to roust the guy – who said he’d get to the job site later. We had breakfast and went to the job site.  This guy didn’t show up until around 10 AM. In the meantime the entire team had to work harder to make up time, and we fell a little behind schedule.

I talked to him that day – said that this type of behavior was just not acceptable because the work doesn’t wait, and the team counts on him.  His contribution was needed. If it wasn’t he wouldn’t be on the team. A couple of days later we repeated this entire episode. It was as though he didn’t hear me at all. It seemed like he didn’t care enough about the mission or the team   I let go that same day. Why? Think about it.

So why does attendance matter?

Practicing and building good attendance and promptness when in High School and earlier, is fundamental to developing life skills that will help you later in your professional life.  

Respect your commitments and you respect yourself and those who count on you.

Promptness, attendance, and availability are fundamental to building trust with friends, business associates, work teams, and organizations you are a part of.  Whether you work at a place you love or hate, being prompt and taking your attendance seriously tells the people around you that they can trust what you say. 

Practice it when you’re young – it’s easier to establish good habits.  There will be payoffs later. 

 

Small Business Domain Name Management Best Practices

Best Practice:  Maintain Direct Control over your Domain Name

Have you ever had a website, talked with a web company and had them setup a website for you?  Sure you have. And then, have you ever had the company go belly up? Disappear? or go silent on you?  Maybe.

Then have you run into big problems like these?

  • your website goes off the air
  • a competitor buys your domain name because it expired
  • you get a new website and have no idea how to make it live
  • you change email services and can’t get email because you have no access to your DNS records

Most of the time I’d wager than these issues have their root in who bought your domain name and who was involved in managing it.

Your domain name is YOUR presence on the Internet.

Without direct control and protection for your domain name – all your hard work at building a brand can be undone by a few seemingly small errors.

Use a domain name provider (registrar)  that offers good price, DNS services, and doesn’t try to get you to sign up for a ton of other often un-needed services.

Clearly Identify your Domain Name as YOUR Asset

If you let someone else buy your domain, make sure that within the framework of your relationship with a supplier that the domain is clearly identified as YOUR asset – regardless of who pays for it.

Why is the Domain Name / Registrar so important?

In a sense, whomever controls the domain name at the registrar controls the keys to the kingdom.  This is simply because this is where what is called the “point to” is defined.   The point to tells the internet where to ask for a translation of your domain name to a server address via this thing you’ve heard – DNS.  Someone who controls your domain name controls the flow of visitors to your website – they can make it visible or make it invisible.

My advice to small business owners

  • Buy your own Domain Names with an account you control
  • Invite your vendor to manage aspects of the DNS
  • Either read emails from your registry service or setup auto-renew
  • DON’T lose the password information and use a very strong password!
  • Always setup a recovery email at a protected email address that doesn’t have anything to do with the domain your registered.

Most services these days allow limited sharing or delegation of some settings that make it easy for a vendor to manage your DNS and thereby change email servers, add new websites, etc.

 

Worst Passwords : 2017

Okay. You asked for it. You know that password you keep recycling over and over again? Maybe adding on digit each time. Stop doing that. It’s dangerous and pretty easy to figure out.

Practice good password security and use all the little security controls a service might off – like 2-Factor!!

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. 12345
6. 123456789
7. letmein
8. 1234567
9. football
10. iloveyou
11. admin
12. welcome
13. monkey
14. login
15. abc123
16. starwars
17. 123123
18. dragon
19. passw0rd
20. master

Needless to say, if your password is found on this list, you should change it immediately.

SplashData recommends using phrases of 12 characters or more, with mixed types of characters including upper and lower cases. Users should also create different passwords for each login.

Here at Campbell Tech Solutions we usually recommend a mix of upper, lower, a symbol or two, and some numbers.  If you use a password manager or wallet you probably want to use randomly generated complex passwords.  And don’t use the same password at different sites.

(Did we say this already?  Use 2-Factor if it is available.)

Sources

TechRepublic – https://www.techrepublic.com/article/the-20-worst-passwords-of-2017-did-yours-make-the-list
SplashData – https://www.teamsid.com/worst-passwords-2017-full-list/
Top 100 worst passwords – https://13639-presscdn-0-80-pagely.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Top-100-Worst-Passwords-of-2017a.pdf