Checking In And Saying Hi, Where I Have Been And What I Am Doing

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Moe's Comment
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Hey all,

I wanted to say hi and let yall know what has been going on with me. I took a dock worker/hostler gig for a local company which has been going okay up to this point. I have learned how to run a forklift (with no experience prior really) , work on the loading/unloading docks, how to inspect and manifest inbound and outbound freight, how to load a trailer etc. It has been a learning curve for sure. I currently work swing shift 3-11 after a 2 week training period on day shift, it has taken a bit for my body to get used to the new schedule (I am a creature of the day not the night, so my sleeping patterns got disrupted for a couple of weeks. I am adjusting better now and get my usual sleep amount). Not to mention being on my feet ALOT. It is a physically demanding job , but has been good for me. I strive to keep my head down, do the work, learn what i can and move forward.

Backing of the trailers, yard hosteling my skills are improving - I am still not as fast as the swing supervisor wants and so he has opted to have me work the docks more at this point, I was bummed about that -truly, however I...have...not .....hit ...anything! So in my mind that is a big plus. I will use multiple GOALS to ensure i don't hit anything.

The main challenge with our company yard, is that it is completely disorganized. There are 28 footers mixed with 48s, 48s with 53s. Outbound fully loaded trailers parked in front of empty trailers (thus requiring the fully loaded trailers to be moved and adjusted out of the way of course sometimes some drivers will park ultra close on one side thus requiring my TLC in pulling the trailer that needs to be moved out of the way. All of that adds up to inefficiency of time, which is my biggest concern in terms of my performance. The biggest issue is drivers coming back with either their empties or returns and just parking them where ever, so they can get home and non enforcement of logistics.

That all aside, I have come to realize that I cant focus on the external in so much as the internal - basically keep a good attitude and do the best I can. Personally I hate inefficiency ,but what can I do? I can not control others.

That is where I have been at, we are on a slow time with work as freight has slowed down the last couple of weeks from back east due to the snow storms, but we hope it will pick up. I hope yall have been well.

Moe

Manifest:

Bill of Lading

An accurate record of everything being shipped on a truck, often times used as a checklist during unloading.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Delco Dave's Comment
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Good to hear from ya! Glad your doing well. I’m an organized person myself, that yard situation would drive me nuts. I’d be out there if possible, organizing it myself to improve the efficiency of the operation and make my job less stressful.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Hey all,

I wanted to say hi and let yall know what has been going on with me. I took a dock worker/hostler gig for a local company which has been going okay up to this point. I have learned how to run a forklift (with no experience prior really) , work on the loading/unloading docks, how to inspect and manifest inbound and outbound freight, how to load a trailer etc. It has been a learning curve for sure. I currently work swing shift 3-11 after a 2 week training period on day shift, it has taken a bit for my body to get used to the new schedule (I am a creature of the day not the night, so my sleeping patterns got disrupted for a couple of weeks. I am adjusting better now and get my usual sleep amount). Not to mention being on my feet ALOT. It is a physically demanding job , but has been good for me. I strive to keep my head down, do the work, learn what i can and move forward.

Backing of the trailers, yard hosteling my skills are improving - I am still not as fast as the swing supervisor wants and so he has opted to have me work the docks more at this point, I was bummed about that -truly, however I...have...not .....hit ...anything! So in my mind that is a big plus. I will use multiple GOALS to ensure i don't hit anything.

The main challenge with our company yard, is that it is completely disorganized. There are 28 footers mixed with 48s, 48s with 53s. Outbound fully loaded trailers parked in front of empty trailers (thus requiring the fully loaded trailers to be moved and adjusted out of the way of course sometimes some drivers will park ultra close on one side thus requiring my TLC in pulling the trailer that needs to be moved out of the way. All of that adds up to inefficiency of time, which is my biggest concern in terms of my performance. The biggest issue is drivers coming back with either their empties or returns and just parking them where ever, so they can get home and non enforcement of logistics.

That all aside, I have come to realize that I cant focus on the external in so much as the internal - basically keep a good attitude and do the best I can. Personally I hate inefficiency ,but what can I do? I can not control others.

That is where I have been at, we are on a slow time with work as freight has slowed down the last couple of weeks from back east due to the snow storms, but we hope it will pick up. I hope yall have been well.

Moe

You have NO CLUE how happy I am to hear from you, Moe~!!

You were on my next list of people to stalk/find/dox (j/k!)

My dude would LOVE the hostler gig, would it ever come open; at his yard!

Most well wishes to you good sir. Kinda reminds me of that 'kids' song/ sing along. "I'm going on a Bear Hunt." "Can't go over it, Can't go under it, we have to go THROUGH it."

Always, KUDOS!

~ Anne ~

Manifest:

Bill of Lading

An accurate record of everything being shipped on a truck, often times used as a checklist during unloading.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PJ's Comment
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Good to hear from you Moe. Glad things are going ok. Your spot on, control what you can and don’t worry about the rest. Stay safe Sir!!!

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