My line boss came up to me at the end of my last day before I retired, shook my hand and told me I was amazing, I had worked just as hard my last day as I normally do. That compliment meant more to me than anything else they could’ve said or done.

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33 Responses to Typical…

  1. Nifter says:

    Speaks of your character, Sir.
    Old Fucker.

  2. rob says:

    Good on ya, Ken.

    When I started working as a tech support guy after a trade school, my first contract saw me getting identified as just the wrong sort due to my sharing the benefits of having taught management techniques while scuffling to get some experience on PCs, which were still a deep mystery.

    The female boss gave me some song and dance about “not fitting in” and 2 weeks notice. I spent the two weeks learning everything I could and clearing trouble tickets in their dozens. My “exit interview” found her tongue-tied trying to stay professional about my release while having to acknowledge all the work I’d done.

    I said “that’s why I took the job.”

  3. SgtBob says:

    My first job after Vietnam was at an Army ammunition plant, making 2.75” warheads and 81mm mortar rounds. After a couple of weeks, the foreman came up and said his boss said he had a good worker in me. “Fact of the matter is,” the foreman said, “you’re working too hard. It makes everybody else look bad. You need to walk outside, take a break now and then.” I just looked at him. His supervisory attitude was why one man working “made everybody else look bad.”

    • Wirecutter says:

      I may have asked you this before, but which plant?
      I put in 10 years at Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant in Riverbank CA. We made 81 and 60mm mortars, CBUs and 40mm cannon cases.

      • SgtBob says:

        Lone Star plant in Hooks, Texas. My mother worked there during Korean War and Vietnam, on the 105mm line.

  4. Sanders says:

    Usually when someone gives me their 2 week notice, I thank them and let them go. Don’t need malingerers or potential workers comp claims hanging around. Plus, I’ve had some guys decide to give themselves a little “bonus” on the way out of tools or other things that weren’t nailed down.

    Guys I know will work it, I don’t have a problem with.

    Personally, if I am going to quit somewhere, I’ll give the same notice they’d give me if they were going to fire me.

    • Wirecutter says:

      Well, I had put in for my retirement 6 months prior, so it didn’t come as any surprise. My manager actually told me that on my last day I could roll in any time I wanted and roll my ass out the door when I wanted and he’d pay me my full day’s wages. Basically, my last day of work was the day before I retired, with my actual last day spent saying goodbye to my friends and taking care of paperwork.

      • Dale McCreary says:

        When I retired from teaching I gave them about 4 months notice, so that they’d have time to list the position and try to get a good quality candidate. I still got there early and left late and my kids still worked to the bell. But I knew several teachers who had retired in place a good four or five years early and used up their ‘sick’ leave a day or two a week. I think I retired with over 1700 hours of sick leave which is well over a year’s worth of 8 hour days, we had about a 36 week teaching calendar. Do give me no gas about ‘summers’ off….. :-) or I’ll hit you over the head with how much extra school (hard core science) I took and research I did…..

    • John h says:

      Amen and im an employer! Just found out a recent hire has a family heart condition. Last wk he stood up from his chair and passed out cold! I ask if any history of heart touble in close family, he denied it. Mom was in today to take him to get heart monitor. His uncle died of heart attack at 28 yo. We build and maintain towers like Kenny did but up to 1200′. I cant have that kinda guy on a jobsite even on the grd crew but he lied when i asked him point blank about heart trouble in his family while he was white as al sharptons worst nightmare after he came to. We have an intensive screening process but HIPPA prevents us from accessing relevant data to potential protect the employees life and the company from litigation. I.e. Why didnt u ck him out before u let him climb?? Ad infinitum.
      John h

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  5. David Lawson says:

    My Last Day after 24 years as a Teacher was not surprising. No one said anything or did anything. Except for my Great Students. Who gave me two good by cards with over 50 signatures and messages of thanks. (Thanks Guys! It is safely locked up in the Safe)

    So I just take every one of my pension check as their way of saying Thanks.

    I just hope that my students learned something from me. I could not of asked for better kids!

  6. Boone says:

    As a gen x’er, I can tell you there is no loyalty either way in the job market. Once retirement plans evaporated, along with any thought of a life time career with an employer, so did any expectation of anything but minimal return for effort invested. Anything above minimum should be viewed as gravy by either party.

    • Wirecutter says:

      And us older folks still believe in an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

      • Eastwood says:

        I tell the new breed on the job every minute that they are on ” that damn phone” they are essentially stealing. Your getting paid to work but you aren’t. I would image nothing less than you busting it right until the end. You are like me and probably won’t be able to sleep that night thinking that you had left any of your work to be piled on someone else because you drug your feet your last couple of days.

        • Wirecutter says:

          All my jobs at the warehouse were those jobs where you stayed until the work was finished. Yeah, I could’ve said ‘Fuck it’ and left, but I ain’t that way.

      • Elmo says:

        Remember the term ‘work ethic’? It seems to have disappeared from today’s lexicon.
        My Pa taught me about it and I’m forever grateful to him for that.

  7. Padawan says:

    I quit the university to go work at a steady, year round job. (It’s McDonald’s but hey…it’s a job, I’m working and don’t have to stress over if the unemployment is going to cover the monthly bills in the summer.) Apparently they have a lot of issues with the “guest service” people standing around doing nothing or giving customers a flippant “can I help you?” This is only my second week there and management is already vastly impressed by me. (My district manager was absolutely floored by my customer service skills when she spent last week in our store.) My third day there saved us from failing our corporate inspection. Last Thursday I had to ask my store manager three times to repeat himself when he said I’m amazing and doing a great job. I’ve never had a manager of *any place* I’ve worked at say things like that about me.

    On Monday all of the whining snowflakes I work with who can’t be bothered to properly do their jobs demanded I be fired because my customer service skills and down time cleaning are making them “look bad” and they feel “threatened” by me. Today when they were all standing around doing nothing the mid shift manager looked at the assistant manager and said “Why can’t everybody be like Padawan?” I was so fucking proud I happy danced all day chanting “Go me, go me, go-go, go me” under my breath.

    Warhorse is confident I’ll be running the place in a month.

  8. 9Booger says:

    We get two kinds of younger new hires, ones that grew up on a family farm that will work hard and do what they are told, and ones that didn’t that generally aren’t worth a shit

  9. BillDave says:

    Honest days work, for honest days pay. I say that all the time, but it falls on deaf ears. You are pying me, I work. I hate standing around.

  10. Noah Bawdy says:

    I feel the same way.
    You usually have to work a bit harder because 1) You still need still to do your job 2) You have train your replacement or a coworker.

  11. Steve says:

    Regarding this snowflake that is putting in her time, reading the back of her eyelids….what does the law say about “putting in 2 weeks before you exit?”
    Do you have to? Or is that an old standard? Did it use to take 2 weeks to get your replacement? Is it a something you do to make life easier for the company? Why should a “bad”company be offered something to make it easier for “then”?


  12. SAM says:

    If I take the pay, I do the work. There is no other way – for me anyway.

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