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Rankin_File
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I became the District PLS in January of 1999, had a few assistant that moved on rapidly, then I got one of my crewsters in 2000 who has been with me ever since. Today is his last day under my supervision as he is moving to a different career ladder do to some health issues. I'll be retiring soon- next 18 months- 3 years- he'll be around for another 5 years or so, I'd imagine in the new position.

How many of you have had the same employees for 17 years of longer?

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Posted : July 7, 2017 7:26 am
Tommy Young
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Tomorrow will be exactly 16 years and 6 months that I've been here. Two party chiefs and a rodman have been here the entire time. The party chiefs were here for over a decade before I started.

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Posted : July 7, 2017 7:47 am
Andy Bruner
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I had a rodman that was with the company for over 40 years. He told me he had had two jobs, World War II and Welker and Associates. RIP Jack Duncan.

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Posted : July 7, 2017 7:51 am
Loyal
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I've been my only employee for 32 years, and I want a raise!
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Posted : July 7, 2017 8:05 am
Scott Ellis
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I have been with the same company for 29 years, and I 39 years old.

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Posted : July 7, 2017 8:09 am
FL/GA PLS.
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Oh boy just what I needed to see. I am firing an employee this afternoon.

But I have several employees whom have been with us for 30, 29, 27,16, and 7 years respectively. The one "hitting the road" today has 2 years. (18 months of bitching included).

I hate this job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Posted : July 7, 2017 9:02 am
Scott Ellis
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FL/GA PLS., post: 435770, member: 379 wrote: Oh boy just what I needed to see. I am firing an employee this afternoon.

But I have several employees whom have been with us for 30, 29, 27,16, and 7 years respectively. The one "hitting the road" today has 2 years. (18 months of bitching included).

I hate this job. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Did you wait to fire him on a Friday, also in the afternoon to get one more day out of him, or did he make his last mistake this morning and just waiting for him to return to the office?

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Posted : July 7, 2017 9:05 am
Jp7191
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The above mentioned stories I thought would be an abnormality in an economically dependent industry as surveying. Now that I have 30+ years in the industry it is apparent that good employees rise to the top and can have a very long employment in a volatile profession. I had a brief stent managing surveyors at a company that had 5 crews at the height and 0 at lows of the economy and I can tell you that is no way to run a company. You have to have good employees to have a successful long term company. My 2 cents, Jp

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Posted : July 7, 2017 9:14 am
John
 John
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Loyal, post: 435760, member: 228 wrote: I've been my only employee for 32 years, and I want a raise!
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Sounds like you need to have a long talk with your ever-so-loving boss who obviously doesn't value your efforts. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Posted : July 7, 2017 10:00 am
Loyal
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John, post: 435788, member: 791 wrote: Sounds like you need to have a long talk with your ever-so-loving boss who obviously doesn't value your efforts. ๐Ÿ˜€

Yeah...he's a real dink, but I need the job.
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Posted : July 7, 2017 10:11 am
FL/GA PLS.
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Scott Ellis, post: 435771, member: 7154 wrote: Did you wait to fire him on a Friday, also in the afternoon to get one more day out of him, or did he make his last mistake this morning and just waiting for him to return to the office?

Both. Today is "Payday" and the employees receive their checks at the day's end. The proverbial "straw" was his request to take all of his accumulated vacation time immediately so as to "look for another job".

Would you fire him? I'm going to.

"I,d rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead"....Jimmy Buffett
"All I know is, if you look around at the human race you've got to wonder what the hell God was thinking!" ...Lee Marvin, "Paint Your Wagon"

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Posted : July 7, 2017 10:12 am
Scott Ellis
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FL/GA PLS., post: 435792, member: 379 wrote: Both. Today is "Payday" and the employees receive their checks at the day's end. The proverbial "straw" was his request to take all of his accumulated vacation time immediately so as to "look for another job".

Would you fire him? I'm going to.

I do not know if I would, if I thought he would find another job quick I may just pay him the vacation let him quit, so I would not have to deal with unemployment benefits. Also if I thought he would find another job quick I may fire him, so I would not have to deal with unemployment benefits.

If I thought he would sit around and look for a job after the unemployments benefits run out, I would not fire him, but maybe say I only need you part time, when you get back from your Vacation, if you didnt find another job.

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Posted : July 7, 2017 10:21 am
Stacy Carroll
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I'm in the field this week with my crew chief. We've been working together for 20 years at three different companies (including my own). Another crew member came to work for me in 2001.

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Posted : July 7, 2017 10:23 am
RADAR
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FL/GA PLS., post: 435792, member: 379 wrote: Would you fire him? I'm going to.

It's called Karma:
What ever you do, be nice...:innocent:

I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun.--Thomas A. Edison

Citius, altius, fortius

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Posted : July 7, 2017 10:41 am
David Livingstone
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I've worked for the same company for 32 years. There is draftsman who has worked for us for 40 years and we have two others that are well over 20 years.

Dave

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Posted : July 7, 2017 11:21 am
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