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My Boss Got Fired

Yup. My boss got fired just a few days back and so, I, my fellow drivers, an assistant supervisor and our district manager are making the best of the mess he left until a replacement is found.

And, of course, at least half of the crew is interviewing for the position, to take his place.

From what I understand, not only were his numbers way off for a hub as large as ours, when the company finally had enough, they wrote him up, documenting what he needed to correct and, he responded by sending out an obscene rant to everyone in a 21-state-wide corporation with an email address.

He called strangers (and supporters) things even I would be hesitant to call my worst enemies.

Then, when his supervisor (a lady I just adore ) came in to talk to him, he wore pajama bottoms to the meeting. I don't know if he was trying to be funny or get himself fired but, either way, it worked. The higher-ups were laughing as they told him to turn in his keys and credentials.

What I find interesting is now that he's gone, the complaints I had heard about me seem to have just gone away like a popcorn fart in the wind.

I didn't see that coming. Not at all.

I was also one of the first to send in my letter of intent for the position and the second to face a three-person panel interview.

You bet I broke a sweat.

But, while in the interview, I took the chance to also make a couple of suggestions, whether I'm selected or not.

Writing our destinations on the rear windows of our vans (So our passengers can easily identify their van at a yard) - approved.

A night-shift supervisor (so new drivers know who they can call for help at 3 a.m.) - approved.

A magical unicorn which milks cappuccino - still waiting for an answer. (But I got a smile.)

Two out of three ain't bad, though.

Not wanting a good crisis to go to waste, a few of us are also teaming up and talking each other up to the bosses. We watch each others' backs and we make sure to let new drivers know our numbers, for their questions and problems.

So, just in case you have wondered why I'm scarce, it's because I have been consumed by this wonderful, fascinating job and life is good - so good.

I'll never forget those words:

"It's just a buzz."

"Look what this sh** does to you!"

"Step out into the sunlight."

Image Credit » LoudMan/Donald Pennington

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JeanC wrote on November 5, 2015, 5:17 PM

YAY! for the boss getting booted and congrats on some of your suggestions being approved. Fingers crossed you can land the job, you would be a good fit for it.

AliCanary wrote on November 5, 2015, 6:09 PM

Bad news for him, although it seems like he was good and ready for it. Good news for you!

LeaPea2417 wrote on November 5, 2015, 7:14 PM

I do hope you get the job and I am glad life is treating you well these days.

msiduri wrote on November 5, 2015, 8:45 PM

Wish you the best of luck! Sounds like the boss had a screw loose. Hope it wasn't stress from the job!

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 5, 2015, 9:46 PM

Glad to hear things are goig so good for you. And crossing fingers and toes for the new job. If they find the unicorn I am moving down there and applying for a job emoticon :smile:

cheri wrote on November 6, 2015, 12:31 AM

Good luck or should I say God bless with that.

CoralLevang wrote on November 6, 2015, 1:26 AM

I love your sense of humor and glad to hear that they are open to your suggestions. Keep us posted, Don. *hugs*

MegL wrote on November 6, 2015, 3:56 AM

That's great news and those were very good suggestions. Good luck.

BarbRad wrote on November 6, 2015, 10:54 PM

Sounds like things are improving for you at work. Hope you get to replace your boss.

Rufuszen wrote on November 7, 2015, 11:32 AM

Interesting self destructive cycle there. Guess he got what he wanted.

Kasman wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:23 PM

I thought maybe you'd been trampled to death in the rush to get to that unicorn! emoticon :smile:

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:43 PM

I would try my best to be. It's a maddeningly busy position over the busiest hub in the country for our company.

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LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:45 PM

I've seen "things" improve dramatically, already.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:46 PM

Life is treating me as well as I treat it. I'm up against some strong competition.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:46 PM

It might have been.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:47 PM

If I get the unicorn approved, I'm still going to lie to everyone and say I never got it.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:53 PM

They'll make the best choice they can.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:54 PM

They like some suggestions but not all. They also shot me down about the canned laughter sound system for the office, for when drivers come in making requests.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:55 PM

I got the ideas from others, sort of. It always seems good ideas are in the quietest minds.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:56 PM

I just hope I'm ready for what I'm in for.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:57 PM

I guess he did.

LoudMan wrote on November 7, 2015, 3:58 PM

Nope. Just running around like a madman.

CoralLevang wrote on November 7, 2015, 4:39 PM are such a smart ass. emoticon :winking: I'm glad you know how to rein yourself in. Just make sure you exercise that knowledge sometimes. emoticon :winking:
I had to learn the hard way.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 7, 2015, 4:48 PM

But I want to be near the unicorn WAHHHHHH!!! emoticon :smile:

MegL wrote on November 8, 2015, 4:08 AM

Yes, they don't have too much chatter going on to drown out real thought! emoticon :grin: