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> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Fisher [mailto:dfisher(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 1:20 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: RE: Vacation - Company Policy
> Gentlemen:
> As a firm owner (20 people), you be surprised how big an issue vacation
> benefits
> Are to new grads!
> I think I offer a very nice package of compensation and benefits in a
> relaxed work environment.
> I had one potential employee quite literally agonize over the 2
> weeks (that
> we offer to new grads)
> vs. 3 weeks that the ABC Company (300 employees) offers.
> Never mind that I was paying more and offered (I think) better
> projects and
> potential for advancement.

I do agree that the "younger generation" seems to love to play. That is the
reason they want the time off.

Now, can I really blame them in all honesty, since one of the primary
reasons I went to work for myself was so that I could order my own time? No,
I can't.

Times change, and so do the imperatives of the workforce.

People don't get married much anymore, for example. What do they care about
your splendiferous "family-oriented" benefits like comprehensive health-care
coverage and family sick leave? No, they want to know if they will have
sufficient down-time available to them during the year to go climb Mt.
McKinley with a bunch of their college buddies (that was one of the
situations I had with a new hire a couple of years ago).

Anyway, you gotta go with the flow, if you want to get people to work for

William L. Polhemus, Jr., P.E.
Polhemus Engineering Company
Katy, Texas
Phone 281-492-2251
Fax 281-492-8203

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