Ever wonder why so many people are so stressed out these days? Isn’t it fair to say that stress levels have gone up over the years? Ever wonder why that is?
Some people say its because companies are more demanding and technology has made our work lives much more pervasive. And that our work hours have extended way past a typical 9am to 5pm work schedule. Others may think that it is because we (Americans) are so busy building careers, that we don’t take the time to smell the roses that we walk past (and drive by)
Well that may very well be true. But I don’t think that is what is the BIGGEST cause of all the extra stress that is now part of many of our lives.
I argue that it is because more and more companies are providing what I call “stress inducing” services. These are companies that provide services that are actually causing more stress for people than actually relieving stress. The get away with it by charging cut rate prices. These prices lure shoppers into hiring these companies. This is especially true with businesses in service related industries such as home remodeling, auto repairs and property management companies. I’m by no means suggesting that all service type companies are stress inducing. In fact, there are many that are stress relieving. I’m simply sharing what I have experienced through first and second hand knowledge over the past 13 years.
Stress Inducing Example: Community Property Management
In this example, I am going to simply ask the question:
“Why board of directors remain loyal AND committed to property management companies that cause nothing but stress and headaches to the board members and to the homeowners?”
It is a question that has dogged me and remained unanswered during my entire 14 career in community property management. I have gone on countless presentations and have met hundreds of board members over the years and time and time again I hear the same old story.
And the story goes something like this:
After hearing that typical story, I then think to myself “this is going to be a no brainer”. No one in their right mind would put up with that level of service.
But in the end, the vast majority of people (board of directors) actually stay with the same service provider (property management company). This also ends up causing undue stress for the homeowners that live within the association. The board justifies it by saying (and thinking) something like this:
Now imagine if the board simply said enough is ENOUGH.
They actually took aggressive action and switched to a community property management company that:
What would that do to the board member’s and homeowner’s stress levels?
Stop accepting high stress levels. Stop justifying the status quo. Take immediate action today. Fire all your mediocre service provides today and hire ones that will actually lower your stress levels. Paying cheap prices doesn’t really save you money if it causes you HIGH stress levels. And think about it, you will actually have more fun in life and more time to spend with your family and friends!
About the Author:
Salvatore J. Sciacca aka “Condoboss” is one of the nation’s leading experts in the community property management industry and is also recognized for his blogs and insight on personal and organizational transformation. He is also the President and Founder of Chicago Property Services, Chicago’s #1 community property management company specializing in management and operations of condos/townhomes/HOA’s of 100 units and under. Salvatore is also the founder of managmycommunity.com (MMC), which is a state-of-the-art online support portal for community associations.
With over 20 years of industry experience, Salvatore is recognized for his extensive knowledge of capital planning, preventative maintenance, cost-saving measures and community building techniques. He holds industry stature as a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA), the designation of Association Management Specialist (AMS) and is fully licensed as a manager (License #: 261.001386) through the State of IL.
Salvatore can be reached at: 312.455.0107 x102 or at[email protected]