Often the thing i want from my bosses the most is communication and recognition. Communication as to why the company does do something that might seem stupid to the troops in the field. Like "i know this customer is a pain in the ass but her ex-husband pays the bill and he chooses us to do all of his rental homes" Now i know why the boss accepted this job over an hour away for 75 bucks. (sux for us because we dont get paid for travel time)
As for recognition ... see below ....
We had two man crews and a few times a month were pulling down more than $2,000 a day. Most days a week we pulled $1,000 a truck easy. (2 man)
The recognition we received was a chickenwing party for thanksgiving but he techs couldn't all set down together because we all finish at different times ? Nice but not really ..... and a gift cert for Christmas ... $25 bucks. Serious lack of recognition there.
Health insurance, the boss picked up 50% for individual and the extra for the family was paid entirely by worker. (employer is mandated to pay 50% of employee costs if he has employer health insurance coverage in florida) .. he offers health coverage but its the minimum as set by state law ... seemed he was doing it just to keep employees healthy enough not to miss work not because he cared or as a job bonus.
Techs are paid 15% of the bill for occasional night jobs. (they suck but can't really complain because its only once every month or so) The night jobs were about once a month, give or take, in a rotating list fashion. Then the night jobs got wayy more often .. like once every two weeks and now more than once a week. The highest paid tech gets 16% if he maxes out bonus .. eXcecpt for night jobs where he still gets 15% ... more lack of recognition there .. very little extra money for most workers and top techs actually get less $ for inconvenience of night job. (sometimes techs can do night jobs alone and get 30% of bill) serious lack of recognition of sacrifices made by the employee on that one.
If something is broken during work and requires an insurance claim the employee pays the $500 dollar deductible. (boss is nice enough to break it up over several payments
The boss accepts a job that won't start till after 5pm ... to spot clean an extremely expensive furniture store with hose runs about 300 ft. Well more than that because we had to take the truck around front of store to finish off some places. This place has $800 dining room chairs (each one is eight hundred bucks ), tables and couches that cost thousands of dollars each and i have to pick up the $500 deductible if i break something .... ?? ...... and its gonna pay me $16 before taxes for a two hour job from 5 to 7 pm .... no recognition of the employees sacrifice for the company on that one.
Vacation is 5 days after 1 year. Its an avg amount of your checks over 1 year. Can be taken as days off or for cash .... then two weeks for like 2 years and then three weeks at 5 years. Often crews had to take it in cash during the slow weeks .. sick days are paid at ZERO. Schedule is off sunday and the next day off .. well you know when you come in off the truck at night to see if you working tomorrow or not ... not cool .....
Then we have the bosses side .. shut up, at least you have a job !!
Between the boss and the manager .. they weren't terrible people and i like them both .... but neither was effective at making the employee feel encouraged or rewarded to be there.
So yes, my boss was driving me me to start my own company .. i haven't yet but i'm here learning and remembering so when i do start up i can hit the ground running. :rantoff:
PS i now remember that we had the best march & april ever .. boss sprang for deli platter and sandwiches for breakfast.
I love how everything he does do for you you belittle.... He gave you a gift of $25 for Christmas. A gift and you are such a sh**head that you disrespect him for that too. Not big enough???
He offers health insurance and pays half if you want it. You complain because he doesn't pay for the family, well the single guy will complain that he spends more on your family than on his and you are doing the same job but you get paid more because you have a family.
I bet you were too cheap to give him a gift for Christmas. When was the last time you bought him lunch---you cheapskate...
It sounds like he has some inconsistancies in pay for night work. It also sounds like he tries to fairly rotate employees for night work. If you present the inconsistancies to him in a non aggressive way he might look at it.
So if the company had the best two months ever and you get a flat percentage of the billing then you already were paid a bonus for the best months ever. It would be different if you were paid hourly. You say you don't get paid for travel time but that is why your percentage is what it is...That night job was a pain but you aren't talking about the cake walk job you had three weeks ago where it was ten minutes from home and you were able to bill out 300 bucks in 45 minutes.
If you look in the mirror you will see how ungrateful employees look. If you are going to start your own get used to it because you will attract a bunch of ungrateful employees...
You complain about him getting and scheduling you on some $2000 per day jobs. You make $300 a day and *****? Go get a job at Walmart and make $300 a week. That is what your attitude deserves.