In the old building where I used to work, they found asbestos under the carpet.

To solve the problem, management contracted prisoners to tear the carpet out.

They were supposed to be experts.

They weren’t.

They were supposed to wear safety equipment.

They didn’t.

And they were supposed to seal the area to keep it from spreading.

They couldn’t.

Management saved a few bucks. A job well done.

Except, of course, the job wasn’t done properly.

No one wants to work in a building full of asbestos. No one wants to feel that it isn’t properly taken care of. Even if there is no clear risk to the people in the building, the message is clear:

Your health and safety is important but not enough to hire professionals to dispose of cancerous material.

Trust takes a long time to build and can be completely wiped away in an instance in the never-ending pursuit of faster, cheaper and cutting of corners.

Treat people the way you want to be treated. With respect.