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Long term employees-

Discussion in 'Surveying & Geomatics' started by Rankin_File, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Rankin_File

    Rankin_File 7-Year Member

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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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  2. Tommy Young

    Tommy Young 6-Year Member

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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.
     
  3. Andy Bruner

    Andy Bruner 6-Year Member

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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.
     
  4. Loyal

    Loyal 7-Year Member

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    I've been my only employee for 32 years, and I want a raise!
    :mad:
    Loyal
     
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  5. Scott Ellis

    Scott Ellis 4-Year Member

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    I have been with the same company for 29 years, and I 39 years old.
     
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  6. FL/GA PLS.

    FL/GA PLS. 7-Year Member

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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. ;)
     
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  7. Scott Ellis

    Scott Ellis 4-Year Member

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    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?
     
  8. Jp7191

    Jp7191 6-Year Member

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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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    John 6-Year Member

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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. :D
     
  10. Loyal

    Loyal 7-Year Member

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    Yeah...he's a real dink, but I need the job.
    :neutral:
     
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  11. FL/GA PLS.

    FL/GA PLS. 7-Year Member

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    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.
     
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  12. Scott Ellis

    Scott Ellis 4-Year Member

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    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.
     
  13. Stacy Carroll

    Stacy Carroll 7-Year Member

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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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    RADAR 7-Year Member

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

    David Livingstone 7-Year Member

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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.
     
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    FL/GA PLS. 7-Year Member

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    I thought about that prior to my decision, however I don't want a disgruntled person under my employ. I'd rather pay for WC than an intentional mistake. :cool:
     
  17. Richard Imrie

    Richard Imrie 1-Year Member

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    Assuming employment law is similar to here, did you go through the process of verbal and written warnings?
     
  18. RADAR

    RADAR 7-Year Member

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    In the United States; each state is different...

    Washington State is an at will state; you can fire anyone, anytime, for any reason (barring prejudice). But then that can always be contested.
     
  19. Squirltech

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    There are folks here that have been with the company since it's inception in 1994. Personally, I have been here for 13 years.
     
  20. Jim Frame

    Jim Frame 7-Year Member

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    I have only a part-timer, but he's been with me since '97. Over the last 6 years I've steadily segued toward a solo operation, so Andy's hours with me have slowly decreased to less than 40 per year now. His other job (managing an ag DNA analysis lab) has become pretty much full-time, but he still cuts out time for me when I need a hand.
     
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