Tonight the Peterbilt dealership where I work held it's annual "State of the Company" meeting. It was held at Jason's Deli and spouses were invited. This was my first time to attend and it was actually quite interesting. I've heard of (and worked for) companies that don't tell their employees anything about financial matters. The first we would know of problems was when we were informed our paychecks would be short or late. If things were going great it would most likely be reflected in enhanced benefits for the CEO such as attending a "seminar" in some very nice place. Given the very shaky state of our economy I applaud my company for presenting a full financial picture to it's employees, including comparisons to previous years and to our competitors, as well as a look at trends and predictions for the current year.
The presentation was given by our CEO from Lubbock. The dealership is family-owned and operated, and encompasses five West Texas locations). As it turns out, our financial picture is quite stable, more so than for some of our largest competitors. Certainly things are tougher than last year, especially since Odessa has an oil-based economy, but there is still a healthy profit to be made if the right steps are taken and business is handled wisely. Our jobs are not on the line, pay is not being cut, and benefits are not being taken away.
Additionally, the General Manager of our local dealership is a sincere Christian - not one who just preaches, but one who walks the talk and sets an example for others to follow. He is extremely intelligent, fun, thoughtful, caring, and a really nice person to work for. (The rest of my fellow employees are a true cast of characters that will most definitely provide fodder for blog posts down the road. :-)
In addition to attending a nice casual event with coworkers, I felt doubly blessed to be there in the company of my spouse. John handles himself with such class, and interacts with everyone from my boss to my young coworkers with such ease, that I feel exceptionally proud to be with him and much more comfortable in these situations than I would on my own (or - God forbid, in the company of my previous spouse who was capable of anything at such events). John is so very affectionate and attentive to me when we are out together, and staff have noted previously that I just seem to glow in his presence. That's pretty much how I feel too!
When I count my blessings... as I do often, and there are many... among the items at the very top of the list you'll find my beloved husband who I treasure more than life itself, an employer that takes care of it's employees, and a boss that I respect. I am so very thankful for what I have!