Podcast 12: How I Handled Being Fired For Arriving Early

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey everyone, we have another new episode of our podcast "The Road Home" and it's titled:

How I Handled Being Fired For Arriving Early

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One time I was fired from a company that I had worked at for five years with a flawless safety and service record, completely out of the blue, for showing up to a customer too early of all things. I was floored when I got the news. I had no idea what they were talking about and could not make any sense out of why I was being let go. This is my story about how this situation played out and what I did when I spoke with management about the situation.

Enjoy!

How I Handled Being Fired For Arriving Early

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Donald S.'s Comment
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Hey Brett thanks for sharing! My take on this is your right, and not being afraid to humble yourself and being pleasant to the people you work with are great rules. I also have to say admin people with high positions and pay can be very difficult. I have had run in with those people before and marveled to myself at how they got anything done when I see them chasing seemingly ridiculously little issues. And I am pretty sure the owner rescinded his automatic fire rule after he heard they could have lost such a good employee. After of course he screamed at the admin guys about ****ing away 5 hours of their time dealing with an obvious issue. These types of situations tend to make owners and bosses question weather or not they hired good decision makers. Thanks Again bud looking for to the next one

Hey everyone, we have another new episode of our podcast "The Road Home" and it's titled:

How I Handled Being Fired For Arriving Early

0138688001486137322.png

itunes-badge.svg en_badge_web_music.png

One time I was fired from a company that I had worked at for five years with a flawless safety and service record, completely out of the blue, for showing up to a customer too early of all things. I was floored when I got the news. I had no idea what they were talking about and could not make any sense out of why I was being let go. This is my story about how this situation played out and what I did when I spoke with management about the situation.

Enjoy!

How I Handled Being Fired For Arriving Early

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Ryan R.'s Comment
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Very tactful, Brett. Personally, I see no reason to want to work for a bunch of monkeys that couldn't even find out what happened to one of their best workers before making the decision to fire him. I would have liked the story better if you argued your point, got your job back, and then quit. :P

Victor C. II's Comment
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Brett Aquila I have to say that, that podcast right there probably hit me square in between the eyes. And would it be safe to say that, that's the same attitude you should have with your mentor when you are with one? I ask because I am going with a mentor Lord willing, tomorrow.

Thanks Brett that was some valuable information and instruction!

Kat H.'s Comment
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Great reminder to stay calm and collected.

Ride2BFree's Comment
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One of the things drivers need to know about the company they work for who has the authority for what, so they don't bark on the wrong tree. And unfortunately in many companies, specially the big ones, it's all cover your ass attitude and people afraid to make decisions even when they know it's the right one. I learned that sometimes it's better to do what you know is right without asking because if you ask someone will find a reason not to make a decision at all. Every company have a system that works in a different way than other companies you need to adjust and to find your way within that system.

Phox's Comment
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One thing that has always had me curious, if your appt time is say noon... is that when you should be "trying" to arrive aka getting through security gate, when you should be at gate or when you should be checking in with shipping / receiving office? Some places can get lengthy lines at those security shacks and so you may arrive on time.... to sit in line, by the time you get to the door you're now 30 minutes late. Or perhaps the customer wants you at their s/r office by that time so now you gotta get through the line and find the office and park by said time. I have never had any issues but it has had me curious and this podcast made me think about it because you only had a 45 min window to work with. not a lot of time.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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