Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

Is repainting the exteriors of six large, hotel buildings the same as repainting the exterior of one modest private home?


An affable former coworker, and current department director, determined they were the same.


He stopped by my home, with two job offers. One would take a minimum of six months, part-time. The other, two-to-three days.


I explained that I was unavailable to repaint the exteriors of the hotel buildings, over 75,000 square feet each. It would have required “prolonged exposure” to extreme environmental conditions: “high heat and humidity, and direct sun” – and their effects. (Also, toxic mold, mildew and other fungi would have been present.)


Reluctantly, the man, and hotel representative, accepted my decision. In his own watchful way, he had encouraged me and respected my work for over six years. Plus the last two years.


He concluded that I “might also be unable to paint” his house, approximately 3,000 square feet. Located a few miles from my home.


Two weeks later, a mutually-respected third party told me that the “house opportunity” had been “contingent” (dependent) on my accepting the “hotel job opportunity.” I was told also that both were considered “projects… only short-term jobs.” (Hotel management representatives had presented their staff painting job as part-time and permanent.)


When the hotel’s exterior condition and appearance would have been returned to near pristine shape, the painter’s employment would have ended. Understandably, when the house’s exterior would have been completed, the painter’s “project” job would have ended.


The former coworker, and department director, had mentioned the house painting project several times before, in 2012 and 2013. When he stopped to see me in April, he gave his house project as the reason he’d stopped by. It had been his first visit, though we’d known each other for over eight years.


The third party visited twice, too. He encouraged me to follow up on the “might,” regarding the friend’s house painting project. “Assumptions happen every day. Especially with people-managing people…”


I respect both men that visited. They know each other well. I value my friendship with each of them. I consider all three of us to be experienced, honest and supportive as coworkers – and persons.


That said…


Giving others the benefit of the doubt is what I do. I like to be there for them, whenever possible. And, I like to help them to do the same.


Would you clarify the affable coworker’s “might” conclusion, regarding his house project?

Would you ask if his project was contingent on acceptance of the hotel job “opportunity”?

 Or, would you walk away?

What would  you do? What would you say?

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It’s amazing what a few little kind words and right tone of voice can do.

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Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.


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