And when the final day comes for your retirement, you will be smiling from ear to ear. To have a lifestyle where you don't have to rush for anything, be anywhere and take your time is quite the adjustment. An easy one at that, at least for me. We made sacrifices over the years, and now it's time to enjoy life,family, activities without a schedule to follow. Vacation for the rest of your life!!!!!!!!!Well said.....I learned a LONG time ago that there are no easy jobs at UPS. This is the real strength of our Company.... People, for the most part work HARD! Are there employees, non-management and management alike that display laziness? ABSOLUTELY! But the absolute vast majority of UPSers work hard, play hard and earn everything that they have! Sometimes I think people forget that at the end of the day, we're all just working hard to do the best we can for our families and for our Company.
Your post is the exact reason I turned down a management position decades ago. Having seen a sup get a phone call on friday at 5 pm being told his new position is 200 miles away and to report early Monday, when he hung up the phone and told me what just happened to him I asked him ,"What about your family?" his only response was that his wife had to quit her job and the kids had to change schools. A lightbulb went off over my head. Three days later, I had to lock the door in my center managers office while he had a nervous breakdown. We talked for about an hour while drivers were knocking on the door to ask him a question. He resigned that week. I was approached to go into management, soon after. I declined. I was a seasonal employee and decided then that if I made fulltime I would just stay a driver.Geo,
I know many of the responses on this board are just in good fun. But I will attempt to give you a very serious answer. This is not to say that the following description fits all District Mgrs --but I am sure it is the majority of them.
The District mgr --is where "the buck stops here" The District manager is responsible for all aspects of the Balanced Scorecard. Each month they are ranked by Corporate from Best to least best. Each region ranks their districts best to least best ------ As a District Manager --you do not want to be on the bottom of these rankings. At the monthly Balanced scorecard reviews the District mgr is asked to answer in detail ---Volume loss or gain by product --rev per pc --by product --Cost, Safety, Production , service, Hub, Feeder, Air --hundreds of sererate elements-----At many of these reviews Corporate and Region fully expect the District mgr to answer rather than the staff---especially if the district has a poor ranking. After the reviews there are usually private reviews and more questions with just the DM in his or hers offfice. Also when you see them either arriving late or leaving early from their office ---do not take for granted that they are going home ----Many DM'S have numerous builings and operations --They have to "go look" to really see what is happening in many of their operations. A good DM will not be afraid to go out and talk with drivers,part-timers,admins,union officials. District mgrs are also involved with visiting customers,government officials and various community organizations. They are "on the clock" 24 --7. None of them are crying about it --they get paid big bucks ---but if anyone thinks that any job in UPS is a "cakewalk" ----you are just uniformed.
Again not crying for them but consider this: Just about every three years you are assigned a different district. Not just the DM --but his or her family --sell home ,move, new schools, leave old friends, child problems . District can be East, West, North ,South or in any different country ----they have no choices ---it is not like bidding on a route. When a DM is transferred they start work in the new district --the next day --family gets 3 months to make the entire move ---DM'S and families spend many lonely nights,weekends,holidays,childrens or spouse birthdays alone.
I know there will be some negative responses to this post because many people like to judge without having all the facts. Also I am not asking for people to shed any tears over this post ---it is just reality --District mgrs -- drivers --parttimers --etc -- just most people trying to do the best in life for themselves and their families with much hard work and sacrafice ---along with pay and benefits whatever job you do . Bottom line --You do not have to be concerned with a DM'S hours. GEO ---Sincerly I hoped this answer helps and you do not take it the wrong way.