Last year, I realized that a few of our employees did not have the best intentions when they came to work. It seemed like their goal was to slack off and avoid work, and it was really frustrating. I realized that I had to do something in order to make things right, so I started working with them to train them. I also installed a camera system and explained the consequences of their actions. Within about six months, we were able to completely overhaul things, and it made a huge difference. This blog is all about keeping employees productive and on track, so that you can keep your company viable.
If you're getting ready to move to Chicago, you may be nervous about the change. When you move to a big city in a new state, everyone notices you're an outsider. Having as much knowledge about your new home as possible can help you fit in and be more comfortable. Here are some things about Chicago that every outsider should know before moving there.
1. Lake Michigan is simply "The Lake".
If you're planning on taking a trip to Lake Michigan while you're there, you're in for a treat. The water is blue and the beaches are packed with friendly locals. However, calling it Lake Michigan will put a target on your back as an out-of-towner. If you're friends invite you to "The Lake", plan on a trip to Lake Michigan, because that is what they're referring to.
2. You aren't moving to Illinois (illi-noise).
Even with elementary school United States geography, most people still pronounce the "s" in Illinois. The "s" is silent. Pronouncing it is sure to get you plenty of strange looks in public. Make sure you pronounce your new home state's name correctly. (illi-noy)
3. Chicago is not windy.
If you start asking people when to expect all the wind, expect to get laughed out of the local watering hole you're hanging out in. Chicago's nickname has nothing to do with the weather, like Washington State being the "rainy state". While many people think that the name comes from the wind bustling from the Lake, that's not true. The name derives from the all the wind blowing from the mouths of politicians.
4. People don't talk like mobsters.
In many movies set in Chicago, the accents run thick as molasses. You'll notice when you get there that the accents are very exaggerated. You may run into someone on occasion with a thick accent as seen in the movies. However, most of the people you speak to will sound just like anyone else in the Midwest.
5. It's not the Willis Tower to locals.
In 2009, the Sears Tower was officially renamed the Willis Tower. Locals became outraged, and many even joined groups protesting the name change. People are so angry about the renaming, you probably don't want to call it the Willis Tower if you're trying to make friends. To most people, it's been the Sears Tower since 1973, and that hasn't changed.
Chicago IL is a great place to live. You'll meet friendly people and eat some of the best pizza in the country. However, these little facts will help you become a true Chicagoan, or at least seem like one.