You know, It almost seems we are saying the same thing....
Neither the company nor the employee should have to give notice.
Quitting without a notice is a poor move
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I had a dispatcher call yelling at me and wanting to know why I wasn't in my truck delivering an urgent load he had assigned me. And man was I in trouble.
I enjoyed explaining I was in my truck delivering a load, but for a different employer.
I did give notice but it somehow didn't get passed on to dispatch. That was a fun conversation.
A driver popping a positive on a drug screen or losing their CDL is not really part of the employee/employer relationship. However, I do see the point you are trying to make. During my career, I tried to keep the lines of communication open with my company! Carriers that treat drivers like a number are one thing, then you have the already toxic work environment. Giving notices in these situations is at best problematic, Like I said before, it's a (redacted) shame this has happened.wichris Thanks this.
How screwed up is that if that is what you are saying....
But i'm done. I guess other than a few flaky drivers over the years i've been blessed with the ones with some integrity.
What about layoffs? Walk in to work, get called into the office. "Here's your walking papers, have a nice day!" There's nothing an employee could have done to prevent that. If they need to trim the roster some people are going to disappear. Even worse if its a union gig because you can't trim the fat. Low man on the list might be the best employee.
Here is my work experience....
My first job I lost when the owner retired and locked the doors with no notice.
My next job was when I got fired for stealing with no proof (and no, I wasn't), and even kept firing other employees until they finally randomly fired the right one (I was friends with the manager, so know what happened) This was a gas station in my late teens and beer kept disappearing.
My next few jobs were fixed length contracts. A few ended early with no warning, but most ended well.
First job I quit wasn't really quitting. I asked for earned vacation time a couple months before my wedding. Was denied, and I took the vacation time anyway as well, who would not take their honeymoon? I was perfectly willing to come back after that, but they seen it as I quit.
Quit with notice when I moved from Texas to Michigan.
Only one job in Michigan and I gave a 8 month notice (told the owner I was getting a CDL as soon as I got tax returns, which took 8 months for reasons)
Worked for Swift, gave no notice.
Worked for a 1,000 driver local company and gave no notice as the terminal manager was an ahole.
Now working for a 5,000 driver company that feels it's fine to layoff employees with no notice, so if I do move on I doubt I'll give notice as I'll just be doing what they do. Unless the terminal manager is worth actually giving that courtesy to. (The current one isn't)
I run a small trucking company with about 20 drivers (Not in the USA). In 36 years I have had maybe 7 or 8 drivers quit and maybe fired 20.Only 2 abscond (No warning just not pitch up). I usually hear via the gossip line if a driver is looking to leave. I call them in to see if they want to share their reasons. I then tell them , it's their prerogative but it will be better for all if they give notice.
If they want time off to go for an interview they must just ask.
In life not burning bridges pays off in the long run.
Of those that quit a few came back a bit later.
i could have cared less when i was younger about burning bridges behind me. my #1 objective was to get the heck out..
i think if i recall, i only ONCE went back to an employer to work for them again. BIG MISTAKE.....
as said by someone else, never go back......!!!!
keep going forward.
it's a given in just about any industry, people quit, get fired, or laid off, or the place locks the gates.
we all handled our situations our way, no matter any so-called consequences.
and many of us...I KNOW I DID...got jobs...!!!!!
in the end, no matter the company, even the mom and pop places, yes, they know your name, where you live, they know all about your family, yada,yada, yada...
but you're still JUST A NUMBER when they HAVE TO LET YOU GO TOO....Last edited: Apr 18, 2021
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