The best way to keep passionate employees … from leaving
Ryan Holmes

Hi. I’m a truck driver for the oil and gas industry. I learned to drive a big truck because I couldn’t afford the education to become anything else. My class 1 license was handed to me on a silver platter. I’m bored silly of my job but I make pretty good coin. I feel like a whiner if I say (which is true) I make about $10,000 a month but I’m so freakin tired of my job. I’d love to sit at a desk. Nice and warm in the winter. I wouldn’t need to put on tire chains, or drag heavy hoses through the mud, change my socks every hour, worry about getting acid burns, or fire at an oil/gas well. Does money matter? Sure it does, but it’s not the end all be all. I will also say, in Western Canada, in the oil patch, it’s commonplace to hop jobs. This is why: The company you work for bids a current contract, a big one. Another company underbids by a small amount. Your current company either has no work for you or they lay you off. So, the company that underbid and won the contract, is now hiring. Guess what? I have just the experience they are looking for! So you can see the pattern here. Sometimes this “changing of the guard” involves over a thousand jobs being transferred.

I realize I’ve gotten off topic regarding millennials, but you see why I commented on this.