It’s raining as I pull around the corner to the works yard, a typical grey, wet Surrey morning.
I stop and let someone in an old, most likely borrowed and musty yellow slicker cross the street. He’s wearing one of those pastel-coloured ball caps they sell to hip dads at The Gap. As he crosses and smiles, I recognize him as my boss Vince. Actually, my boss’s boss – he’s City of Surrey Manager Vince LaLonde.
Glad I stopped.
When most of upper management is still out on summer vacation, LaLonde is spending a day in the pouring rain, pouring cement.
I heard he does this quite regularly –spend a day in the workers’ shoes, or in this case, boots.
I know the concrete crew he’s going out with. It’s back-heavy labour and they won’t cut him any slack. Vince never asks for any.
He wants to be able to relate with everyone on their terms, a very refreshing view from the new management in many areas of the city. Kudos for this deliberate choice in direction.
With all the negative incidents and focus on manager/employee relationships lately, I thought it would be nice to hear of a positive one instead.
This isn’t a manager love fest. Vince is an adamant Montreal Canadiens fan, so there’s that.