Standards in Society
Maintaining standards for our profession, and even the greater service community, makes it possible for members of our profession personally to flourish and excel in servicing employers and guests.
However, we are often met by low standards in society in general that make following our own standards difficult and impact our ability to provide service.
The vendor who is unreliable, ineffective, or dishonest; the employee who has an attitude or personal problem; the employer or guest who is inconsiderate or even abusive; the criminals and drug addicts who make neighborhoods unsafe, and so on: They all present challenges when considered individually. When they become all too common, they can destabilize one’s environment (personal or work) and drive up one’s blood pressure!
There are many stabilizing influences and worthwhile programs in society, each deserving of support, which address the various areas of perturbation (anxiety) in our work life and society. Among my personal favorites are five programs we believe work effectively to resolve the areas we feel most impact our delivery of service, the condition of the work force in general, and society as a whole.
Feel free to inspect the Web sites we list below and, if you find yourself faced with an individual who could benefit from the programs they provide, might we suggest you consider using the information offered as a tool to bring a bit more order to your environment and relief to them?
The Institute supports THE WAY TO HAPPINESS (www.twth.org) because morals are an important subject that do not receive the attention they used to in educating our citizenry.
The idea of being considerate toward others, or of looking after one’s own best long-term interests are lessons that many have not been taught.
Based completely on common sense, the booklet (and the dynamic Public Service Announcements) offered through the Web site gives individuals without one, a much-needed moral compass.
Available in over 100 languages, with 110 million-and counting distributed and endorsed by many governments, schools, religions, civic leaders and corporations, .
Contact the Institute (providing name and postal address) to receive a free copy of the version put out by the Institute (pictured above). Try reading and using it to straighten out someone who may be having trouble with any of the 21 basic morals listed.
Foundation for a Drug Free World, because knowing the truth about drugs never hurt, but buying into drugs as a cool solution does. For ten free booklets that arm children with the data they need to know to live a drug- free life, go to: DrugFreeWorld.org
www.narconon.org because we all know that drugs in the workplace can be a problem for all concerned—and because the drug-free Narconon program has enjoyed a 75% success rate in permanently freeing people from any and all street drugs for the almost five decades since it opened its doors.
www.pointofreturn.com, because it enjoys a 95% success rate in helping individuals come off addictive psychiatric drugs. For more information on how psychiatric drugs relate to workplace issues in private estates and the hospitality industry, see the articles on this site:
United for Human Rights and its subsidiary, Youth for Human Rights, because the working conditions butlers and other household staff enjoy are dependent upon the concept of Human Rights being known and followed.
While our profession’s circumstances have improved over the centuries from that of slave to serf to servant and finally to staff member/employee and even professional, some of our colleagues today suffer injury and even death at the hands of their employers. Indeed, Human Rights are still an undreamt dream for billions and are being eroded currently with the passage of such as The Patriot Act in the land that champions Human Rights, the United States of America.
When humans know their rights, they can insist on them and so help to preserve a civilization without which there would be no butlers. United for Human Rights aims to bring to life and raise public awareness of the 30 basic Human Rights as set down in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Their Web site features the movie The Story of Human Rights and a series of unique Public Service Announcements, each featuring one of the 30 Human Rights.