Disappointed New Driver: "Is this the norm"?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Panther333, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Panther333

    Panther333 New Member

    This is a shout out to my fellow drivers, new and veterans, as a way of saying that I sympathize, and understand what you go through on a daily basis, and this post is a way of saying I understand your sacrifices, appreciate your service and hard work, and know that the money that comes with it doesn't in any way reflect your true worth, when it comes to the environment of mental games and abuse of authority that seems to be the culture you must accept as a driver-which I believe isn't necessary at all. I wholeheartedly believe that at least 97% of the adult men and women that is a full, part time, or cover driver shows up to be the best driver they can, and better than the day before, so they can make it as early as possible to their last stop, which is "home"..

    However, it appears our manager and supervisors could care less about what our intentions are, as opposed to what our packages per hour say that we are. This is an unfair assessment of our capabilities due to the many challenges drivers face, and I believe in the best interest of the company, needs to be changed in order to improve performance, motivationally inspire, and boost morale.

    When I first started ay UPS as a sorter, my goal was to become a driver.I was told it was a good paying job, with good benefits, and job security. However, I was never told at what cost these things would come at.

    I used to walk by the trucks and imagine myself in them. It was always impressive to see people driving these trucks in my neighborhood, determined, focused, and always appearing to have a sense of urgency.However, I noticed one thing was always missing-a smile.

    When I got my first call to become a driver, I was excited! Finally, my life was aligning with my goal. It required the ability to drive a stick, so I hired a guy to teach me to drive his stick. Well, the trucks were different than his car, and I failed my first driving test. It was devastating, but I didn't give up. I went out and bought me a used car for $2500 with manual transmission, to hopefully insure I passed the next time.It became my primary vehicle, and I was going to be ready, to be ready- to be ready!

    So, another 3 month's I worked at sort and got the call for a second try. I got excited again, and this time- I passed the test! I'm on my way, right? Wrong! Due to the lack of time ( class shortened by one day) spent on diad 5 training that I personally needed, I dq'ed myself when I realized I wasn't going to get this route with just 2 days of training, and headed back to sort aisle one more time. This time I was disappointed, however, I was sure with more diad training I'll nail it next time.

    Well, peak season came up and once again, I got called for Intergrad. This was awesome because unlike the first 2 times there was a mock town and stops, and experiences you may encounter were acted out, however, it was cut a day short. I believe one more day of driving and diad training,would have contributed to more drivers passing.Unfortunately, it appeared the company needed drivers asap, and couldn't afford to have us in class, when "class" could be you driving a route immediately in real time!

    Well, this time I passed again, and was ready to go! Well, at least that's what I thought. NOTHING could have prepared for the mental stress and anxiety, that you have to endure being a driver-good or bad-.and that's a shame.

    I say this because, the joy of becoming a driver was slowly deteriorating for me with every verbally abusive statement from a sup, every mis-loaded and brick loaded truck (due to unhappy and underpaid loaders) and the lack of compassion and understanding for simply "being human". Management would want to know "Why it took you fifteen minutes to go to McDonalds" and you have to explain "Because I need to take a dump"! Really, guys, everyone's entitled to take a dump or piss as needed! That's a human right!

    You have drivers not taking lunches-to scratch, peeing in cups- to scratch ( I even once as a helper witnessed a driver peeing on herself, because she needed to make a pick up by 5 during peak) and showing up an hour earlier to try and organize their trucks on their own time-to scratch- and you reward them with verbal battery, public berating in front of customers, and humiliating them in front of their fellow employees? How does this help anyone to become a better driver, and be inspired to do so?

    Once I finished my route, 3 hours ahead of normal (I had a combination of numerous businesses, residential, and apartment complexes which was never predictable) and volunteered to do more work and did 2 pickups for 2 other drivers, and a blind route to help another driver, and all my sup told me was " Your supposed to be able to do this every day".No "Thanks for helping out" or God forbid "Good job, today". Man,seriously guys, a little acknowledgement goes a long way, after a long day!

    I don't expect UPS to change "what's been working for them", however, as a new driver who once enjoyed the experience of meeting the residents, business owners, and that good feeling of independence you get when you're alone in your truck- those experiences are now tainted, with the daily high expectations you'll never meet, high stress that never dissipates, and high anxiety that never goes away,because it now comes with those experiences- and that's "disappointing".

    I don't know how much longer I'll be driving, however, when you're faced with 10-12 hour days, a toxic work environment, and a loving wife and kids who you only get to see while they're still in bed in the mornings and fast asleep at night, you are left with the question "What can I do, to make this experience work for ME?"..and I have yet to come up with an answer.

    Time to make lunch, pack water, and iron my uniform now, in hopes of a better tomorrow...
     
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  2. tacken

    tacken Active Member

  3. Turdferguson

    Turdferguson Just a turd

    If you are looking for an "atta boy" and a clap on the back. This ain't the job for you. Do the best you can and ignore the rest. You say you think management should foster a friendly, loving environment. :censored2: rolls downhill. Local management gets reemed by their bosses way worse than what we have to hear
     
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  4. purehavanne

    purehavanne Active Member

    I totally feel your pain. I used to be just like you. This job is 95% mental toughness. Don’t let it get to you. If the stress is that bad you just need to start looking for other work. I knew early on this wasn’t for me. Lined up a new career and 2019 will hopefully be my last year. This job is great in some ways but it ain’t worth it to some.
     
  5. eats packages

    eats packages Tetris Master

    Forced Orion feels like the last straw.
    Remember we had to deal with PAS for over a decade now.
    The company refuses to suppliment the shortcomings of their technology with their skilled employees.
     
  6. ManInBrown

    ManInBrown Well-Known Member

    There’s no way you saw a female driver “pee on herself” because she had to make a pickup. Grow a set and drop anchor. You shoulda never ran in the first place. That’s on you.

    You got two options, you can gradually drop anchor, or you can go in tomorrow and bring it in at 11pm. I recommend the latter. Rip the band aid right off and give them a peek into the next 20 years. Good luck
     
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  7. Mugarolla

    Mugarolla Light 'em up!

    Nope.

    We just come in and do our jobs, giving them a good day, but never trying to be the "best" driver that we can be.

    A fair days work for a fair days pay.

    Correct.

    Welcome to UPS.

    It is.

    You never heard the drivers look at their loads in the morning and bitch and moan?

    You never heard of drivers bitching about the long hours?

    I don't believe you never heard this.

    That's not what Integrad does. Nothing does, except for doing the job and learning how to cope and manage.

    It takes time, but you will get it, maybe.

    Welcome to UPS.

    You know their attitude, so adjust yours.

    I never could understand this, unless you're trying to qualify.

    Welcome to UPS.

    You know their attitude, so adjust yours.

    It doesn't.

    Welcome to UPS.

    You know their attitude, so adjust yours.

    You'll learn, rookie.

    Welcome to UPS.

    Welcome to UPS.

    You know their attitude, so adjust yours.

    9.5 list and an attitude change.

    Tomorrow will be the same as today until you change your attitude and expectations.

    Good luck.
     
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  8. rod

    rod retired and happy


    I think he is confused with that one scene out of Last House on the Left where that girl pees on herself.
     
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  9. rod

    rod retired and happy


    Are you going for the "longest sentence of the year on Brown Café ? I think you are in the running.
     
  10. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS

    Wow!

    Got a TLDR version
     
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  11. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

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  12. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS

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  13. RetiredIE

    RetiredIE Member

    I truly appreciate your motivation, pain and passion for this job, but UPS is not a kind and comfy company. Think Klingon Empire. Just do your job safely following the methods, keep your head down, and leave your feelings at home. Keep your expectation bar VERY low. UPS is very good at pointing out when you failed, but terrible at telling you when you succeeded. Watch Wall Street. You want a friend, buy a dog - but good luck.
     
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  14. cosmo1

    cosmo1 Perhaps. Staff Member

    It's hard work and nobody appreciates him.

    Reader's Digest version.
     
  15. Maple Grove MN Driver

    Maple Grove MN Driver Cocaine Mang!

    The Job isn't that hard.
    I
     
  16. rod

    rod retired and happy

    If you are looking for a pat on the back or an atta boy you are working for the wrong company.
     
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  17. old levi's

    old levi's I use to care... but things have changed



    It's only going to get worse. Hang in there.
     
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  18. old levi's

    old levi's I use to care... but things have changed



    Who in the hell grows up not knowing how to drive a standard transmission?
     
  19. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    You watched a chick pee on herself.....hot
     
  20. rod

    rod retired and happy

    probably 95% of Millennials