Fewer managers and less garbage duty for gardeners
By getting her hands literally dirty with the groundskeeping staff
in the Park, Peruggi gains a true appreciation for the hard work
gardeners perform. She also understands why they complain about
spending so much time as mere trash collectors. During her week,
Peruggi's management staff has been gently chiding the boss, stopping
by to make sure the executive is keeping busy and not slacking off.
But back in the offices, Peruggi's back in charge. Her first priority
is security for park employees, who are often vulnerable at night
or in potentially dangerous sectors such as North Woods. Then, with
memories of scooping poop no doubt on her mind, she asks her managers
to consider outsourcing garbage collection. Finally, Peruggi wants
to know if any technology can be used to make park maintenance more
Peruggi might not want to join the working class crews responsible
for park upkeep, but she definitely sympathizes with them and appreciates
their hard work. When it's time to trim staff, Peruggi says, "Maybe
management gets a little too bloated at times, so I'll have to see
if we can cut that back." Indeed, she lays off 18 people from
the management and administrative departments.
It's not clear if Peruggi began her new job thinking the lowest-paid
park employees were the most expendable. But it is clear that she
develops a real respect for the gardening staff, the problems they
face and the exhausting effort put into their jobs. After working
side by side with the gardeners, Peruggi says, "It's an amazing
park and it's kept by a group of terrific people. For me it's exhilarating
to see that, people really love what they do and are dedicated."
For Peruggi, the future of the Park looks brightjust as long
as she doesn't have to heft that pick ax again!