[Originally posted 30July2006 - This letter was to the staff of the last full-time job I ever held. I posted it in the break room for everyone to read.
Since then, in addition to being self-employed (biodieselhauling) I have worked only part-time, only for not-for-profits, and only for companies whose mission I believe in and wish to support: The BikeStation (community bikeshop which offers free secure parking to anyone with a bicycle), the local Bike Coalition (an advocacy group that gets cities to install bike lanes and other bike and pedestrian friendly improvements), the local election commission (as a polling place supervisor) and the United States Coast Guard (as a reserve mechanic and contingency boatcrew member.]
- Jul 30, 2006
Number 3; in which the manager is replaced by a new guy
In the end the new manager got transferred to some other branch, giving him a good 50 mile commute, in the next month or two, and the last time I peeked in there (about a year later) every single employee was someone new. I, meanwhile, started advertising on Craigslist with my big truck and tools and a lifetimes worth of experience in fixing things, and went from charging $20/hr (the most I had made per hour in my life) to $30 to my current $40 - plus fuel charge - so I work far fewer hours and make a whole heck of a lot more money.
Sometimes getting fired is the best possible thing that could ever happen to you. My advice? Never be afraid to be the one person to speak up to your jack-ass of a boss.]