As time goes on, one of the biggest challenges we have right now in a changing society is lack of policy. Your policies have to be so tight these days.
I’ve been with Cottonwood for 26 years and in the last three years, I’ve spent more and more time on legal issues.
There was a day when we just got up in the morning, went to work, worked hard, went home and took pride in what we did. We owned it.
Now, there are so complications and issues.
I couldn’t tell you 24 years ago when I was working hourly if they missed an hour on my paycheque, but now servers have an app they use to keep track of their hours. Not that I would ever not pay somebody for what they did, but now they’re keeping a close eye on it.
We need to be more careful than ever when a 17-year-old jumps on a golf cart or if we send somebody over to get a case of wine and that person gets an injured back. It’s top of mind now, more than it ever has been.
Then, there are the issues that have been brought up recently, such as the breastfeeding mom at the Toronto-area golf course that was asked to move elsewhere to feed her baby, transgender laws, marijuana use, all a part of a changing society.
What are you going to do if you have a member toking up out front? What it comes down to is that a lot of us don’t have policies in place and governments want to push through laws dealing with such issues because it was on a platform.
It’s no different that sitting in a boardroom and doing policies for your golf club. Here;s are my action items, here’s what I want to accomplish. How am I going to put a policy in place to support all of these issues.
We’re dealing with, or will be dealing with, all of these issues at Mach 4. Laws are ever-changing and will continue to change at warp speed.
In many cases, we’re just not ready and we should get ready quickly. It’s no different than what I’ve said in past blogs about the $15-an-hour minimum wage – shame on me if I’m not ready for it.
But should we be tackling all of these issues as individuals? I’ll have a few thoughts in my next blog.