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Blog entry by sawblade1 posted 05-16-2010 08:11 AM 787 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello fellow lumberjocks this week I am writing to vent and to tell why I am so determined to make this business work!
This week started off with the usual pre shift meeting, well this is where my work partner and I got assigned more work that wasn’t getting done by anyone else Primarily BECAUSE THEIR LAZY AND DON’T WANT TO BE TIRED WHEN THE GET HOME FROM WORK. Boy did this show as a kick in the teeth as management let this happen. So on goes to Wednesday after trying to juggle the extra work my partner and I receive phone calls to come to the commons area the supervisor wanted us to do their work since it happened not to be done for three weeks and a review was up for the next day:( Thursday was quiet and so was Friday Thankfully thus begins my real beef——-
I have worked for this company almost four years and when I was hired told I could move up to different jobs when available :) well after applying 12 different, times only to be told no because I do not have reliable Transportation which had nothing to do with the job description in the first place!!!! I met all requirements on the job posting plus some, perfect attendance except for my surgery my first year and I came back to work three days later to boot. Nobody looked at this or this obviously don’t matter as I was replaced by a inexperienced 18 year old punk who’s daddy works in the same department as I was trying to get into !!!!
After the schedule changes and screwing up my outside life after work the company only gave me .20 raise this year, cutting out our Christmas bonus and making us buy our own uniforms this took the cake, for three years I only received .60 cents after taxes .35 cents coffee prices rose to .50 cents per cup! NOT EVEN ENOUGH TO BUY A CUP OF COFFEE!!!!!! the next thing completely blew the boat out the water .
I was reading our semi annual magazine when the following statement was made-

First off this week couldn’t have gotten any stupider than it did, Second it made me realize how much the company I work for really does not appreciate me.

We are not responsible for employee work \ life balance, in order for employees to succeed they must show initiative and work harder and sacrifice more for the company!!!

Well I guess getting injured trying to do your job, having perfect attendance, and risking your life coming home at 1:30 am ( I ride a 23 speed bike 10 miles home every morning), doing my job to almost perfection Is not enough for this company.

This week made for me to go to the bank and finally set up my business account and to finish writing my business plan to get a government grant loan to help my business as a woodworker and the bank’s branch manager agrees with my friends, co- workers, and business advisers that I don’t belong out there any more than I have to.

I am dead set to make this work and to get back my normal life and back into my other hobby of model trains I will be posting pics of this project later. Until then all the advice I can give to anybody in my situation if you are getting abused by an employer don’t take it look for other options as injuries, mismanagement, and lack of common courtesy toward mankind has no place in the workplace, And when I have employees at least I will do my best to help them in their personal life because believe this or not it has a lot to do with work performance and moral issues!! Next week I will let you know how I am launching an all out marketing effort along with some tips on getting low cost marketing solutions

Until next time

Peace

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com



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Moron

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#1 posted 05-16-2010 01:49 PM

I wish the very best success in this new venture of yours but I have to ask

What do you think is going to change?

How do you run a woodworking business with a bicycle ?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Gregn

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#2 posted 05-16-2010 03:35 PM

I understand your plight, which happens all to often. My only advice to you is to follow the Proverbs scripture you have posted at the bottom of your post. The door will be opened for the path you are to follow.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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workerinwood

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#3 posted 05-16-2010 03:48 PM

Step back, take some deep breaths and take some time. Seek wise counsel.
Matt. 6:33, Matt. 19::26, Phil. 4:13, Phil. 4:19 & Prov. 3:5-7

Blessings,

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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BOB67CAM

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#4 posted 05-16-2010 05:03 PM

i have to agree with moron, u may need something more then a bike unless your just making pens…but in any case good luck

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 05-17-2010 03:27 AM

Good luck in your business venture. You sound like a hard worker and that’s what it will take to succeed. It is nice to be your own boss, too.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 05-17-2010 04:45 AM

good luck

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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sawblade1

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 04:46 AM

Thanks guy’s for the encouraging words :)

Moron, bob67cam- I usually have customers pick up their furniture at my shop :) my friend also helps out with his 3/4 ton dodge ram truck. The reason I do not drive right now is I just can’t afford it :( Thus the reason I was trying to get a better paying job bid.
As for what things are going to change ? Well a lots going to change

A. I work normal hours 11am – 7pm ? just throwing number I like out there :)

B. I get appreciated for my work ( customers son said I did beautiful work after seeing my first set of chairs)

C. I no longer risk injury or my life for little pay or appreciation

D. I could say no without worrying about getting fired

E.I have great woodworkers that help at my fingertips a.k.a Lumberjocks

F. the list goes on and on

Also thanks for the scriptures they help a lot to keep me encouraged and I appreciate having you guys as friends :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path elmerthomas81@neo.rr.com

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OutPutter

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#8 posted 05-17-2010 06:56 AM

Hello friend. I think I would advise a couple of things I don’t already see above. First, I think there’s a line you can cross when you are being mistreated by your boss. No doubt your boss will be held accountable for his actions but you can also fall into sin if you cross that line. I make no judgement about whether or not you’ve crossed the line, just a caution.

Second, and I may be reading into this a little more than you intended, but, I’d be very careful before I started making it my policy to concern myself with my employee’s personal life. For example, you may want to work from 11-7 but, is that a good schedule for someone with kids in school? Maybe not. Does your employee have kids? None of your business according to the law. See what I mean? Just be careful. Christians can be willing to help and it will be well known if you’re light is shining like it should. But, only if invited is my policy.

You’ll do fine at whatever you do if you don’t get too upset about the troubling times. Remember, God knows your needs and has promised to provide all you need in this life. It may not be what you think it should be though.

God bless,

-- Jim

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