Act in a professional manner and move away from a bad situation. When it comes to allegations like this, there never are any winners.
March 12, 2013 by Alec Caldwell
While the jury is still out on the accusations made against Toronto mayor Rob Ford (I’m talking about “Ass-Gate,” as the Toronto Sun has dubbed it), the whole thing raises an important question.
What if this happened to you, as a contractor, with a homeowner possibly taking advantage of you that way?
Would you find it an uplifting experience? Would it bolster your ego? Would you be taken by surprise and try to ignore it? Perhaps the client just wanted to reach over and grab the tape measure hanging on your belt. And, you know, missed it.
Let’s say you found yourself on the end of such an unsolicited move. How could you deflect the situation without causing embarrassment? Without losing the job? Would you say, “Listen, give me a moment and I’ll draw up a Change Order to cover this?” Would you say, “I carry safety cards for WHMIS and Fall Protection but is this really a new requirement from the Ministry of Labour?”
While I’m only trying to bring some humour into the situation, it really is all about acting in a professional manner and about moving away from a bad situation, as when it comes to allegations like this, there never are any winners.
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