Feed Them, Even When They Do Not Look Hungry

My bees died this week. They looked great last week, but not this week. I am a novice beekeeper, obviously with some things to learn. I was given 2 small hives this spring, and they had been doing well. However, when I checked on them this week, there were no bees in the hives at all.

What changed?

I investigated and found that there was no honey in the hives. My bees starved to death. You see, bees work all summer and spring to store honey. Then, they live off that honey in the fall and winter. If they run out of honey before spring, they die. A beekeeper can feed a solution of simple syrup until they can replenish their honey.

In the beginning, I checked on my bees weekly – taking the cover off, making sure the hives were healthy and that they were gathering pollen and storing honey. But in the last few weeks, I just drove by to see if there was plenty of activity and that the bees looked healthy. And they were healthy, until they ran out of food. Once I realized they were out, it was too late.

Everybody needs to be fed.

Aside from the obvious lesson here, feed your bees, there is a bigger lesson: just because everything looks fine, do not assume it is. Occasionally you must check in, and make sure everything really is going well.

I think about the current group of young professionals at our company. They are smart, hardworking, and passionate. I am extremely impressed with all of them. They get their work done on time and with exemplary professionalism. At a drive by, so to speak, they look like they have it all together. Most of the time they do, but sometimes if you stop and ask, you see a glimpse of chaos. They try to work it out on their own, like most of us, and may not ask for help or feedback.

People are hungry for feedback, direction, and recognition. Everyone wants to know how they are doing. If they are doing an excellent job, tell them. If they need help or direction, offer it to them. Take a little time each day to check on your co-workers. Even though they may look like they have it together, they could be starving for support. Feed them even when they don’t look hungry.

Until next time…we are Advoco, make every minute count.

About Craig: Craig Page is a self-proclaimed “data geek” with nearly 20 years of EAM/maintenance consulting experience. His favorite work is data migrations. He enjoys solving the puzzle to make the data fit and keep the integrity of the information. When Craig isn’t in front of a computer, he is probably running a chainsaw or a tractor. Have a question for Craig? Send him an email!


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