Planning for a surprise

By Helen Smith | August 3, 2013

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EVP, Business Manager

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Helen Smith

EVP, Business Manager

Helen takes accounting, personnel, and business matters seriously, keeping FVM the finely-tuned marketing machine it is. When she’s not crunching numbers and crushing budgets, Helen rules over the cleanest office kitchen in America through a mixture of fear and…well, just fear. But hey — just look at those counters sparkle!

Things best kept predictable:numbers, hours, vitamin C intake

Things best kept unpredictable:the route at next weekend’s Porsche rally

Green pepper consumption:quotidian

Unconventional pastime:toying with telemarketers

Least favorite nouns:ice, winter, snow, frost, late timesheets

As the Business Manager at FVM, it’s my job to make sure all the rules and regulations are followed. Like fire drills. Twice a year, I send out an invite for our building’s planned drill. And no one ever takes them seriously.

I’m not naming any names here, but some people evacuate themselves from the building five minutes early, so they can take the elevator down.

Some people try and hide in the conference room with their laptop so they can keep working.

And everyone takes their time collecting their personal belongings.

I know we’re a busy agency, but fire drills are important and should be taken seriously. I’d love to see how everyone would react to an unplanned fire drill. Maybe next time I’ll scrap the invite and surprise them all…