What a fantastic idea. It's great to see a small business owner investing in his employees.
I'm trying to think of something cool I could do when my company hits its 10 year anniversary in a few years time. I've got two guys who have been with me since the start, and two others who were only about 6 months behind them. With all the overnighters and 7-day weeks they've given me, I want to reward them well.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1657 times:
Cool. The article also notes the serious shortage of good drivers for long-haul trucking.
I know that some employers do give bonus money for reaching certain anniversary levels of continued employment. At my last employer, I was with them and a firm they bought out I was with for a total of 15 years at the end of 2005 and I got $500 in AMEX Gift Checks. It used it to pay for my current computer.
KaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12163 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1622 times:
Quoting Go3Team (Reply 4): Legal limit now is 11 hours of driving time allowed.
Even worse. And it seems a lot of companies expect you to fake your logs and drive even more. A LOT of truckers who ask me to not put times on the paperwork, I just say "nope, gotta do it". Love their pissed off faces
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1549 times:
Quoting TedTAce (Reply 7): Yeah, because they are the stock holders' bitches.
Ted, Ted, Ted...Ted...why are you so bitter at the successful businesses? Business is business; cut-throat and ruthless. They are all about making money. That's the same for the little guy as it is for the giant. Make money. And when they are floated, the shareholders become the priority, because that's where the money is. Nothing wrong with that.
What I don't get is employees of public companies who bitch and moan and complain about how crap they get treated, yet they don't have the foresight to buy a share (yes, one single share is all it takes), and attend an AGM to voice their opinion.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1527 times:
One of my older brothers drove off-highway log trucks. They were a pretty old fleet with a Sterling, a Federal, an Autocar briefly and an IH West Coast special with a six-foot wide seat.
He started by cleaning out the cabs. Then he started taking them home at night to wash - we lived next door to the mill. Finally he started buying paint out of his own pocket to make them look better. What did the owner do about it? He rotated him through the whole fleet, in sequence of course, to make sure he tricked out all of them.
I might enjoy driving one of those giant dump trucks at one of the mines around here.
Check the guy below the radiator!
But I don't think I could ever do over-the-road. It would compare most unfavorably with flying an Airbus.
Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
A) A lot of corporate employees live NO WHERE near those meetings. Thus they can't afford to attend. Let's not even start to talk about the fact they can't afford to take a day (or 3 as necessary) to go.
B) If they did show up, how long do you think thier job would last if they asked a really smart question that made the board members look foolish?
Business was always about making money, and that's fine. It's when they threw out ethics that I started to get pissed. That decision was likely encouraged by the 'geed is good' creedo of 'Wall Street'. A few assholes threw out the book on being decent human beings, and the rest of the greedy lemmings sold their souls in quick succession to grab their piece of the pie. Yet another
Effectively you have a bunch of assholes (CEOs and stockholders) standing around saying it's the others fault that the company ships GOOD jobs overseas and fucks the employees every which way but loose to save a dollar here and there that MIGHT make their stock go up a cent or two. It's a vicious cycle and everyone who participates is GUILTY.
You wonder why I'm so bitter? Let's talk about this corporate sell your soul for a buck attitude being the largest reason for the decline of civilized behaviour in modern society.
Years ago you would have stood in shock and awe at the audicity of someone in your social company forsaking your conversation to answer their cell phone. Now a days people interrupting the dinner conversation with a cell phone call is almost expected. We are valuless to eachother unless money is involved. No wonder no one gives a shit about Somalia.