The purpose of linking the bonuses to sales was to motivate drivers, while in concrete mixer trucks, to be courteous (in a field notorious for lack of courtesy); to upsell and cross-sell; to not feel some shafted when I had to ask them to come in very early, or stay very late, or work on weekends and holidays. A preposterous statement. — I finally caged him on the issue, because as the person writing the paychecks and the person running the plant, I really needed documentation/notes to cover my butt, that way nobody could ever say I was stealing. I mean, Hell, I wrote my own paycheck.
When she had money problems she seemed to panic more than most people should. I thought maybe she just had anxiety but looking back it was cause my dad couldn’t know she too out even more credit cards. We went out to eat at least five times a week. She almost never cooked at home. She went to the casino all the time to the point where they started comping mine and my sisters daycare services. (Which cost upwards of $8 per hour per kid.)
He was pissed when he found out she had a reverse mortgage on the house he let her keep. (Yes I say let. He paid for that too and still gave it to her so the kids could live with her. Even after dropping half a million on her debt.) by the time we sold the house my sis and I got a fraction of what it was worth. He thought we’d get enough to be able to each get our own homes. Which we would have had she not taking out a massive loan for her gambling and she maintained the home. My dad wanted that house to serve as an investment for my sister and I. She turned it into her own bank account to serve herself.
I have a friend who has two older sisters. Brenda, who is 27, and Michelle, who is 23. Brenda has 4 children, Michelle has 3. Now, both her sisters, although married (at the time) and with kids, continued to live at my friends’ house. They had houses as well, but for some reason, they continued to spend the most time at their parents’ house. My friend said, “Brenda doesn’t give my mom money. But I yelled at Michelle and now she only gives her $100 a week”, 100 DOLLARS, to care for THREE children, they show no remorse towards the poor woman.
My friend always tells me of how both sisters leave their kids with her mom, while they go out and party and get drunk. My friend’s mom is far too nice and does not say a thing, although often complains and has painful moments. My friend says that the sisters work all week and they leave their kids there, so their mom will care for them. On weekends, the kids are left there as well.She has told me many stories of the mess the kids make, from spilling paint that their moms didn’t secure, all over the dresser and beds to knocking over a statue of the Virgin Mary that was besides the TV.
Then, after making that week’s paychecks, with the normal bonuses added (because, you know, you can’t cut someone’s pay ex post facto; you have to tell them first), as the drivers picked up their checks, I told them that my boss had eliminated the performance bonuses, so there would be no more of them; I was letting them know as quickly as I could so they didn’t depend on them during the coming week. I had at least one driver who was still with me from when I first implemented the bonus plan. And, like I said, all new-hires would’ve heard about it.