Two interesting news items coming out of the new Tom Corbett administration.
1. The new secretary of health it seems had a snit in a diner in Harrisburg when he thought the eggs he was being served had been sitting on the griddle for some time (it seems they hadn’t), resulting in the diner being inspected by the city health department. You can read the story, but all you need to know is this:
What followed, Mr. Hanna says, was a testy exchange that culminated with Mr. Avila shouting, “Do you know who I am? I am the secretary of health!”
There is just something so ridiculous about following an angry “DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!” by shouting “I’m the secretary of health!”
It’s like “Do you know who I am?! I’m the director of marketing and communications!”
Pro-tip: Unless you are the president of the United States or Justin Bieber, don’t ever preface a statement with, “Do you know who I am?” because either they don’t know, or they do know and they just don’t give a crap. Either way, you sound like a douchebag.
Note to self: Cross “Commonwealth of Pennsylvania” off of your list of possible future employers.
2. Gary Alexander, the head of the state’s public welfare department, has outlined in a memo to his staff, what he expects from their professional attire.
Others may defy explanation for the female 45-and-under crowd: No open-toed shoes, please. And panty hose or tights are a must, which, taking the next logical step, presumes leaving your dress slacks at home.
Executive staff weren’t the only ones told what to wear. Employees in a program that helps groom them for leadership roles were told by e-mail that to attend an April 27 luncheon featuring a speech by Alexander, they should wear “professional dress.”
“For men, this means a suit and tie,” the e-mail said. “And for women, this means closed-toe shoes and nylons or tights.”
Okay, now there are certain professional places of work that I think women may want to eschew the open-toed, bare legs look and that would be in the courtroom and in the operating room.
Otherwise, I firmly believe that in 2011, when there are adorable and professional looks like these, that no man should tell his female office staff that they must wear skirts, pantyhose, and closed-toe shoes unless he first spends a week working in a skirt, pantyhose, and closed-toe shoes.
Amen and that’s church.