A New Business Model


Hi, everyone. It’s been a while. I said I’d get back to a more regular schedule in January, but then I came down with a fever, and then there’s all this snow, but enough excuses…Being open to new ideas, I have come across a few new terms, such as “voluntaryism” and “delight-driven learning.” I am now 200% convinced that educational reform could bring about world peace, but many have tried and many have failed to take into account the challenges of change management. How does this affect Lavoce? Besides what I can do to make a change in my family, one child at a time (I hope), this will affect the entire philosophy and underpinning of Lavoce policies. Simplified, Lavoce will have a philosophy of voluntary involvement, which means no coercion, use of force, or anything akin to grading, testing, or compliance to standards. What performance-based records are kept, if any, are understood to be descriptive, rather than proscriptive, and an objective indicator, rather than an enforceable law. I want innovative, problem-solving partners, not soldiers and not someone like that woman from a Coming to America who was raised to obey her husband and have no independent thought of her own. I don’t care about your past, all I care about is your drive to change the world. I will “ban the box,” and ask only about any records when I can get it from your mouth. If you prefer robots, statistics, discipline, and the scientific method (which is actually too controlled to be non-influenced by humans), then Lavoce is not the company for you. Lavoce is a female-owned corporation, and with a woman’s intuition comes a human (and forgiving) touch.

Appearance Policy for External Consultants


External Consultants are those who serve as Lavoce’s representatives in the traditional business world to help citizens understand why it is important to make fashion discrimination illegal. To convey a positive image to clients, our employees must dress appropriately. Always wear your name badge so that people may identify you even if their aim is to complain.

Dress Code for External Consultants

Do not wear the following when representing the company to the client:

  • Capri pants
  • Midriff tops
  • Miniskirts
  • Pajamas
  • Torn, cut, worn, or frayed clothing
  • Wedding dresses

If you are an external consultant you may have tattoos that are minimal or concealed. When deciding what to wear remember that you are not going out to party. The goal is traditional business attire with one piece of flair.

Hygiene for All Employees

  • All hands shall be clean.  Wash hands after using the restroom.
  • Any employee that sneezes or coughs must cover his mouth or nose, and then immediately wash his hands.  Never sneeze or cough toward customers.
  • Before coming to work everyone must brush their teeth, shower, and shampoo.
  • Do not come into contact with anyone’s blood. Always use gloves.
  • Keep all clothing items clean, without wrinkles, and without an odor. Clothing should also fit well.
  • Apply nailpolish evenly with minimal chips no matter what color
  • Keep hair groomed and clean even if in dreadlocks.
  • Pluck nose/ear hairs
  • Remove odors of any kind except breath fresheners
  • Wear shoes because the floor could be dirty or because you may drop something heavy on your feet.

Policies and Procedures Acknowledgment Form


The Policies & Procedures Handbook (Handbook) describes important information about Lavoce, and I understand that I should consult the President about any questions not answered in the Handbook.  I have entered into my employment relationship with Lavoce voluntarily and acknowledge that there is no specified length of employment.  Accordingly, either I or Lavoce can end the relationship at will, with or without cause, at any time, so long as there is no violation of applicable federal or state law.

Furthermore, I acknowledge that this handbook is neither a contract of employment nor a legal document.  I have received the handbook, and I understand that it is my responsibility to read and comply with the policies contained in this handbook and any revisions made to it.

Introductory Statement (Policies and Procedures)


This handbook will acquaint you with Lavoce: We Are People Too (Lavoce) and give you information about policies affecting your employment.  You should read, understand, and comply with all provisions of the handbook.  It describes many of your responsibilities as an employee and outlines the programs developed by Lavoce to help employees.  One of our goals is to offer a work environment that is conducive to both personal and professional growth.

No employee handbook can anticipate every circumstance or question about policy.  As Lavoce continues to grow, the need may arise and Lavoce reserves the right to revise, supplement, or rescind any policies or portion of the handbook, as well as information and benefits, from time to time as it deems appropriate, in its sole and absolute discretion.  The only exception to any changes is our employment-at-will policy permitting you or the Company to end our relationship for any reason at any time.  Employees will, of course, be notified of such changes to the handbook as they occur. All such changes will be communicated through official notices, and revised information may supersede, change, or end existing policies.  Only the President can approve any revisions to the policies in this handbook.

Relative Transparency


This is a blog, not a wiki. That said, you still have a voice (“voce”) in how things will be run. I will post proposed policies and standard operating procedures. This is interactive. Please comment on what to remove, add, or change. This adds a level of checks and balances (the customer will keep employees in check) as well as a level of employee engagement. I will not post the business plan, proprietary trade secrets, and employee personal information on this site.