When I was a snot nosed little punk kid just starting out in this biz a couple of guys would ride me about my pouches. All day long every day I would hear things like “were those free with the lumber” and stupid stuff like that. Now that I am older and better and smarter and……. never mind about that. Anyways, I got these two “kids” on my job and they show up the first day with those aprons on and a framing hammer and tape. We hired them on as rockers. After a couple of weeks they seemed to be getting it and getting better so I talked with my boss and we split the cost of new bags for these “kids”. Now the stuff we bought them is nice,Occidental Leather drywall pouches and fastener bag and belts. Then to be a nice guy I also paid for new tools: hammers,tapes,chalk boxes,knives,rasps,saws and circle cutters.
Today was the day we gave them their surprise and it was funny. The boss comes out looking mad as hell and tells me and them to come over. Starts going on and on about the quality and quantity and talks about firing those guys. The facial expression alone were enough to win an oscar. He tells them to come to the truck to get their checks and the rest of us go to the window to watch. He opened the door and handed the guys these new rigs and they were the two happiest guys I had ever seen. They thanked him and shook his hand about ten times and ran inside to thank me. I told them that they were doing a good job and learning fast and to keep it up.
So thats what happened , so my question is did any journeyman or boss ever give you anything that made you feel like a valued employee and that you were part of the crew other than a paycheck?