|Re: work and expectations||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judy Baxter (BAXTERepivax.epi.umn.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 12 Jan 1998 11:24:50 -0600|
Pam Silva of Southside wrote (in detail, so I won't quote) of the issue of ongoing maintenance chores and participation. <<Are all the rest of you paying for maintanence? Or maybe you don't have much property in common? Or do you have consequences for those who don't participate in upkeep? Are we the only ones who endlessly come up with new work plans in the hope of inspiring more folks to participate in upkeep? >> Sounds very very familiar. We have finally gotten close to the end of major development and rehab. Till now, similar to how she writes of the planning phase, many many people were heavily involved. And now, I think people want a break. But the same issues apply for us. We pay for snowplowing ( we have two long driveways + parking areas) and someone to clean the common living room and a few other things, once a month 2 hours. Other than that, we do what is done. And one issue is standards - expectations . Personally, I haven't yet washed my own windows in 4 years - I've never seen that as a high priority. We too are working on a new system - still in the works. There are so many issues - skill levels, standards, time available. we've tried various systems for kitchen cleanup - will probably try something new when the Common Kitchen is finished and available again. We try not to coerce people into doing stuff they hate. It works, somewhat. <<We thought everyone would pitch in based on the high level of participation during planning. Wrong. !/3 of the members consistantly do a lot, 1/3 do some or are sporadic, 1/3 do very little. >> I'd say that if you take into account time variation, we do slightly better than that, but it certainly is an issue. << Many of us who spent 10 hours a week the first year or two doing what others "couldn't wouldn't didn't" have pulled back. I sure don't know what the answer is. I do know I am no longer willing to do it all, angry that it isn't more equally shared, and unhappy with the general messiness. >> I hope you are finding ways to express all this. We've had a couple of discussions (I missed the 2nd) that seem tohave been helpful in getting out the points of view. It certainly is clear that some of us have pulled back. The adjustment is interesting and uncertain. Good luck!! Judy
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