May 1, 2008: Most of us hired on at UPS for the same reasons. Good pay, good benefits, job security, a chance to make a life for our families. The company knows these reasons for you wanting to work for them, and they use them to create a highly motivated work force.
Nothing is more fearful to a person than the prospect that his or her mate or children will go without food, healthcare, or a roof over their head. Management works this fear to push their people.
Very often management is feeling the very same fear. Management’s push comes from their own same desire to provide for their family and survive within the UPS environment. The fact remains that UPS continues to manage with fear as a dominant part of their program. Your question should be, “How do I deal with the fear?”
If you look around you, there are many drivers and other employees that have been at UPS for years. The fact is these employees have come to a very simple realization. “If I do my job by the book I do not have to live in fear.”
Sounds simple doesn’t it? “If I am careful to perform the job as I have been trained, I am in little danger of losing my job.”
But if you take shortcuts because of fear that you are not meeting the arbitrary performance standards, you have good reason to be scared. There is every possibility that you may be fired.
Methods first!!! Production second!!!
Learn these lessons, or you do have something to fear!
Reprinted with permission from www.DenverBrown.com
by Bob Newhouse
UPS Package Car Driver
Local 455, Denver