Friday, July 15, 2016

Every time in rains there is an iceman crying.

Being an iceman in Alberta can be depressing.  You turn on the news, read a digital paper and everyone is talking about global warming.  The one business which is global warming friendly should be ice.  As the world warms more people need to cool themselves with ice cold water or beer.  Not in yeg aka Edmonton or Calgary where the rain keeps on falling.  I am not exactly sure where this rain comes from as we live in the prairies.  the rain does not stay long.  It will be plus 25, sunny, a beautiful day and then bam the rain hits.   With rain comes the cancellation of events, people do not go camping and ice sales drop, drop, drop.  This makes me cry.  

First it was the low price of oil meaning no worker ice and now unpredictable weather killing ice sales.   Maybe I need to get into the umbrella business.  At Columbia Ice we make ice to keep beer cold and umbrellas to keep you dry.  If only I could pay workers 10 cents an hour like they do at sweatshops where umbrellas are made. 

Would you like a job making umbrellas for 10 cents an hour?  Hahaha.. this is a joke btw.  I wouldn't actually pay anyone 10 cents.  I pay a living wage even for students who are mostly useless.  

They call me... I call me

the master iceman.

Get off your mobile phone and get to work

Even though you tell employees to get off their phone in the ice factory, you almost have to be a tyrant to get them to listen.  Whether it be addiction or just not caring about the dangers around them young folk have no idea how unemployable they are with their phones on them.  I probably have to lock phones up if I want people to respect the condition of no phones on the ice floor.  I promise you those I see on the phone won't be back next year.  If I tell you something once, twice and on the third time mental note, does not listen to instructions, will not get another summer job with us.

I was so gunhoe this year, going to prove everybody wrong, students can work hard.. I was wrong, students for the most part our nearly completely useless.  You can't send them to do a job if you expect it to be done right.  Instead you will get the least amount of work possible or what I call lip service work.  A student will not go above and beyond as they take no pride in their work.  My mechanic said he could hire a student, get the student to sweep the floor, but he would have to go after the student to sweep the floor correctly.  The other day I had a student sweep the back area.  There was a piece of wood that needed to be moved to get the sawdust under it's edge.  Student sweeps around the wood, does not move it.

When I have to find something for a student to do the question goes through my mind what can this student do that is right?

Absolutely nothing..

Next year it will be different.  I am going to see a lawyer and each student will have to sign a phone waver stating that if they are injured or hurt in my warehouse while on their phone the company is not liable, nor is WCB.  Furthermore I, the employer can sue the student for being on the phone in the warehouse when they were explicitly told not to be on the phone.  It probably isn't legal to do this..

I guess the asshole will come out next year where I simply fire people for being on the phone.

Mobile phones make young people dangerous and nearly useless.  I won't hire students again.  Tired of stupid, can't listen to instructions, don't know how to work with any purpose, lulligag around like a piece of waste flesh.

Master Iceman

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yellowpages is a paid directory and thus no longer useful to me.

I am not a fan of yellowpages.  Ernie the owner had used them when we started this journey of building an ice company and when I took over plant manager I told them to cancel everything.  I found their web development team yellowpages 360 to be incompetent, often telling me stuff like you don't need google webmasters tools or a schema, contradicting what experts online were saying.  When I asked for changes to be done they ignored what I spend hours mocking up and did their own thing.  When it came to transferring our URL to their services something I can do they wanted us to change our URL in search. The rep I had ignored every email I sent.   They didn't even keep a record of the interactions I had with them and required us to have/en at the end of our url aka columbiaice.ca/en/  This is Alberta where we only need to have an English website.  We are not in Ontario or Quebec where you would need two versions..  Learn to program better and you wouldn't have to add extra letters to a URL.  Needless to say when the new rep tried to talk me into staying I refused to meet with her.  I hate sales people because they waste my time when my mind is already made up.

The other day while relaxing at home I get a call from some number I didn't know.  I answered because it may have been someone calling for ice.  It was the new ypg rep.  She is calling to see how we are doing without yellowpages.  Fantastic, wonderful, could not of been better was my answer.  She wanted to sell us a smaller package so we would still show up in ypg's directory when people search it for "ice Edmonton."  My response was if I fill out the free profile ypg offers shouldn't I show up in your directly results when people search ice Edmonton?  Her replay was only if I purchased ads essentially admitting the directory results were useless when people searched them, the only relevant results were if someone had paid to advertise on the keywords searched.  They are in business to make money and so they are not giving away search results for free was her reply to my dislike of paying to show up in search.  That is where anything else she said became irrelevant.

I hate paid search and ads as they do not give me the most relevant data.  Google has ads but they still have organic search results which gives people like me easy access to companies and businesses that fit my search intentions.  It is because of getting relevant search results I keep coming back to google. and upon occasion click their ads. The very reason I do not use yellowpages and find it to be dodo bird in disguise is because the times I have searched for something in their directly I have no gotten accurate results. I don't click ads on a good day as I don't trust them.  I don't trust paid search or directories to provide me with the most relevant data.  YPG should be in the business of making money as they are a business, however when you make businesses pay to have their website show up when people search "ice Edmonton" you make your directory less useful to consumers.  They don't care about ads and a lot will never click an advertisement.  They just want the most relevant businesses showing up for the search ice Edmonton.  If you don't give that to people outside an advertisement they will stop trusting your platform as I did ypg's.
Ice Edmonton and no ice companies

I didn't want to write this blog post as I had moved past my anger towards ypg... but if they are going to waste my time not listening to the firm no I gave them, then I am going to waste another half hour talking about why my answer will always be no to yellowpages.  Although I am not a fan of extinction, I would be if the animal going extinct was yellowpages.

The Master Iceman