It was a very short time of this and Mike and myself were no longer “dream employees”

It was a very short time of this and Mike and myself were no longer “dream employees”

Everything else I’ve listed are things that

Everett sent mike, myself and the shipping/bookkeeping gal Joyce and her stick in the mud husband to Hawaii for 19 days as a reward. Mike got married to a horrible gal and soon there were lots of things messing with his head and he asked Everett to swap our positions, boom I was foreman, mike got a divorce and became almost useless in the shop, I fired him though I did set him up with a job in another shop a ways down the road hoping to shock him back to life. It took most of a year, he found a girlfriend, perked back up, I hired him back and the Mike and Mark show was back on tour, I made a handshake deal to buy the shop from Everett on his suggestion as he was ready to get out but a couple weeks he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and soon passed on.

Everett’s wife didn’t understand much about the shop, decided that Mike and I were going to cheat her somehow and hired 11 advisors, none had any shop experience, we were required to get the approval of at least 6 of them for every purchase over $100. The point in all this I recon is that a guy given the rope to do it can become the “dream employee”, we didn’t have much pay advantage over others in the shop, fact is there were a few “machinists” that were paid more than Mike and I but there were a lot of perks and bonuses for he and I that others didn’t get, cash, trips, paid leave, etc.

We were the “dream employees” then one day were were treated as though we were the enemy or at least that is how it felt to us and after some months of that we went elsewhere. Mike is thill the “dream employee” at that other shop though the shop is too big and he is not very happy there but they pay him enough he has to stay. I followed my own dreams and am likely no longer employable.

I’m really struggling with “what to do next” after the machine shop closure in October. I’m 55 and would like to do something different. It’ll be a process to acclimate myself to a different atmosphere after 33 years in a family business.

We have a fellow where I’m at who, for instance, demonstrates several of the above attributes that isn’t seen in some others. And I’m not knocking anyone else really. People getting their work done correctly isn’t a bad thing, but the idea here is what are some distinct “green flags” you might look for beyond that.

This is hard work, it’s uncertain because it’s “people stuff”

. . should . . . but sometimes don’t based on the person . . e with the job at no additional pay. All that remains is what are our standards for the shop? Are we promoting those standards reasonably and consistently? But it’s important, and it makes a difference.

Wasn’t that what the OP asked for? This isn’t “being a Dreamer”. This is understanding what you have to filter against during hiring, and what you have to coach against on an ongoing basis. If you don’t bother because it’s just too hard, any of us end up with environments that suck. For everyone.

I went and talked to the owner but he didn’t think my experience running a J&L turret lathe would make me verry useful in front of a VMC. He had mentioned that they ran 2 shifts starting at 7am, a year later I found out that mention was a test. I showed up at 6:30 each day and had coffee with Everett each day for just over a week, someone didn’t show up on time and I was put in his place making feed horns for satellite tv dishes ( back when they were 12′ in dia. It took a year or so, me and another guy became those “dream employees” in the OP’s post, if we didn’t know how to do it we would find out, we worked together learning every aspect of that shop and soon after he, Mike was foreman, life was great and we made a million in sales that year, about 1985.

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