Wow, I had no idea so many people made handplanes!
The sad reality is, eventually the tide will change and bad employee relations will end up costing you on the bottom line. It's like that in the small town where I work. Just yesterday the boss held up 5 applications from people who are tired of making well known, heirloom quality tools and want to build boats. Attrition is normal in any occupation, but when you so many people leaving one place, you cannot help but wonder what funny things are going on. The Secretary chimed in on this and said her Daughter was going to apply there but told her not to because of the influx of workers to our boatbuilding company. This is not the reputation you want your company to have.
One of the fabricators said it best however. He was looking for a new handplane to make some plastic tanks one day and was asking my opinion on the subject. I told him a nearby tool company made nice handplanes, but he shook his head.
"I don't do business with companies that don't treat their workers fairly." As I said, employee relations can hurt your bottom line.
Maybe that is the reason the company I now work for treats their workers so well. I am fortunate. I not only get treated well, I personally think they treat their workers too well, with workers taking advantage of them. Still we work so closely with the boat owners, that we have to be treated well. From bonuses, to the parties for every launching, and enough shirts to fill a closet...we get it all. Not to mention never being yelled at or belittled...we are treated good. I've been asked many times by these billionaire boat owners how we're treated and how we like the job. They must like the answer because all the boats were are building are by repeat customers. For some this makes the 4th 5-10 million dollar yacht they have had built. Good employee relations pays!!
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"