Push for SFA participation

Discussion in 'FedEx Discussions' started by hypo hanna, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. hypo hanna

    hypo hanna Well-Known Member

    In spite of what "captain wavey hands", AKA Matthew Thornton III said, we are getting a lot of pressure from the local managers to take the SFA. What's it like at your stations?
  2. fedupforsure

    fedupforsure Member

    we have had a few meeting about how we should view certain questions but that all so far will keep you all posted
  3. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    Sounds to me like there's some bonus in it for the managers if they get everybody or a certain high percentage of employees to take it.
  4. dezguy

    dezguy Well-Known Member

    I don't know about down there but the first 10 questions on the SFA effects our managers raises. Get a bad SFA score and it is taken into account when it's raise time for station managers.
  5. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    If that's the case our managers wouldn't even making minimum wage.

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  6. CJinx

    CJinx Well-Known Member

    In my experience, local management gets huge pressure from district management to have high participation numbers; whether or not they care what the results are is a different story, but it seems to be a quantity over quality thing.
  7. Goldilocks

    Goldilocks Well-Known Member

    Its all about money
  8. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    Yes, in a way. It's really all about unions, and specifically, whether or not we will form one. The SFA, which has not changed much in 40 years, is mainly a measurement of how :censored2:-off we are. In other words, are we angry enough to form a union? The SFA is a "test" that upper management devised to gauge the mood of the workforce. Is it accurate? No, not really, but that is it's true main purpose.

    On a secondary level, it can be used to assess managers too, but since all that matters any more is making your numbers, even a manager with abysmally low SFA scores is safe because it's all about the money...like you said.

    When MT3 was a manager, his scores always sucked, but because he made goal, he moved-up the chain. He is where he is at because he is an absolute jerk, with a total focus on the numbers. He was famous for unreasonable demands and OLCCs for having lates, even lates that were beyond your control. That's what they want, and those same inhuman, obnoxious "qualities" make for promotions and future success at FedEx.

    So, if your manager gets a 16 on their SFA, nobody will bat an eye in Memphis if they make budget and have good numbers. If they get a 98, go over budget and have bad numbers, they are toast.

    The SFA was absolutely designed for the primary purpose I have described above. Anything else is smoke and mirrors.
  9. Cactus

    Cactus Just telling it like it is

    And a big waste of time.

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  10. 59 Dano

    59 Dano Well-Known Member

    My goodness, you should try amateur night at local comedy club.
  11. Artee

    Artee Active Member

    On Friday our Sr. Manager let us know the SFA was coming up and that it was voluntary. They could not force us to take it and if we did decide to take it just be honest with our responses. We have had more and more people over they years just stop doing it, so instead of fighting about it he decided to be upfront and nip it in the bud. He mentioned he was surprised they were even still bothering with the SFA and thought it would be gone by now.
  12. Dex01

    Dex01 Banned

    It's almost as if MTIII works for a global corporation.
  13. DRAisawesome

    DRAisawesome Active Member

    Well if your station is like mine. They have laminated SFA questions and explained what they mean. Does PSP work for you? Part of the people is the SFA process. Along with GFT. Clearly states that the GFT is a process. No guarantees that one will win the outcome. GFT. Grounds for fair termination.
  14. MrFedEx

    MrFedEx Engorged Member

    It's all about attempting to control the process. Everything at FedEx is designed to provide them maximum protection from liability and foist it upon you. As an "at-will" employee, you are already behind the 8-ball, and all the rest of the acronyms help decide whether the 8-ball rolls over you and crushes you, hits another ball and destroys someone else, or bounces harmlessly into a pocket.

    SFA really no longer has much of a purpose other than for them to crow that they provide it as an opportunity for employees to evaluate the company and it's leaders. Even if we all gave our managers an overall score of 2, we'd never know it. SFA is nothing but an acronym, just like PSP, GFT and all the rest of them. Steaming piles of shat that mean nothing to you unless you drink the Kool-Aid or ignore the obvious ways to get terminated.
  15. fedupped

    fedupped Member

    We were told we could take it or not. Answer some, all, or none of the questions.