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Thread: How do people know when the worst time to quit is?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Dennison, MN

    How do people know when the worst time to quit is?

    My one employee bailed on me. I'm staring at a stack of 91 drawers that need to be run through the widebelt, machined, sanded, assembled, sanded again, and drilled for hardware. grrrrr.

    "Do, or do not. There is no try."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    With the amount of people out of work it always shocks me when someone gives up a job. Assuming he had a better deal somewhere, common decency would give you two weeks notice. I left a job that I absolutely hated (the only one in my career) and I still gave them two weeks notice .
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  3. #3
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl Brogger View Post
    My one employee bailed on me. I'm staring at a stack of 91 drawers that need to be run through the widebelt, machined, sanded, assembled, sanded again, and drilled for hardware. grrrrr.

    You have my sympathy for your loss (and work!) and I think you're asking rhetorically, but I'll answer anyway.


    Assuming the employee didn't quit due to winning the lottery or finding a much better (25-50% better pay) job, the employee didn't have any loyalty to you. He took one look at that pile of work, knew he was gonna quit anyway, and chose to avoid doing that pile.

    I'm quitting my job too (though my employer doesn't know yet) but I'm loyal to my co-workers... so I'm quitting just after the big annual convention in two weeks instead of last week when I got the job offer I'm accepting. If I'd quit last week, my co-workers would have an extremely hard time pulling off a successful convention. I don't burn a bridge unless it leads to a place I no longer wish to go.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Sorry you are in a bind. Some random thoughts. It looks like mind numbing, repetitive, boring work, with little opportunity for improvement. Not the kind of job an ambitious young person would be happy at, unless I was a high school kid wanting to learn how to build cabinets and make some cash. Did the employee say why he/she was leaving? Maybe they would rather be a welder. Could be just a personality conflict. Are you a hard driving boss who expects a full days work for the wages you pay....good luck finding suitable help. Do you pay competitive wages? Do you jump in and help out from time to time to give them a break. Is there a way to build in some pay incentives for doing a good job. Have you considered a part timer that just comes in for jobs like this. I bet there's some trainable retired person with good motor skills that would love some extra cash.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    well karl, the drive is a bit much for me but i also think that you could find a old man like me that is looking for work and would be that loyal person, providing you treated him right,, not necessarily high wages but respect and consideration go a long ways.. there are many folks out there looking for that and lost what they had possibly due to lack of loyalty buy the owner or other rreasons.... nuff on the negative... bad fat escaping put a ad in the local paper or better yet go to your local lumber yard and talk with the yard help.. back when i was a kid i had a job doing that and would have jumped on a chance to get into more of the business.. but we all, need to look at ourselves in this worker or owner positioning, and see why and what we could change.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    tough luck karl, but that shop is just way too clean.
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  7. #7
    Murphy's Law!

    Sometimes it's a better offer and sometimes they are just burned out.

    I gotta ask why your running those pieces thru the wide belt and then sanding them again after assembly? Were they cut out manually or on a cnc?

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    I suspect we will not be hearing from Karl for some time to come. He has a pile of 91 drawers to sand and assemble.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
    Stupid hurts.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Oceanside, So. Calif. 5 mi. to the ocean
    Whatever the reason, that was a bad dump. I assume he is not asking for references---

    I really don't think that employees, who have never been an owner, can really understand what some of their actions do.

    I think Glenn has done it correctly. I have never talked to one of his bosses who didn't say something like, "Best person who ever worked with/for me."

    By the same token, anyone I have talked with who worked for Glenn said something like, "The best boss I ever had."

    Good job kiddo.


    Last edited by Jim C Bradley; 01-22-2013 at 04:37 AM.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Karl I can only say you got to look inwards. If there was a external say family type reason most of the time the guy would have come to you and explained. But leaving you in the lurch says he wanted to get back at you for something. You want to do some reflecting on what this may have been and consider it for next time.

    Many business owners expect more from an employee than what they obligated to provide. When you hire someone they may be prepared to put up with it given they may have no choice but in the long run things do not stay the same and when it turns it they relieve the problem from their life.

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