90 Days.

For those of you unfamiliar with New Zealand Employment legislation, 90 days is the period of time during which a new employee is essentially ‘on trial’. The intent of the legislation is to enable employers to take the risk of employing a new staff member who may not have been given an opportunity should the trial period not be available. If, at the end of the trial period, the employee should prove unsuitable, the employer is able to release the employee without having to go through the normal extensive process of dismissal. There is a caveat to this, of course. During the trial period, the employer must give feedback and provide any training or advice needed in order to bring the employee up to standard. Should they not do this and dismiss the employee at the end of the trial period, the employer risks a potentially damaging appointment with the employment tribunal.

The reason I bring this up after an extended time between posts is because I have just completed my trial period in the new job. If it wasn’t for the 90 day trial, I doubt I would have received the opportunity I did with Bascik Transport, so I’m quite happy with that particular piece of legislation. I’m very pleased to say that the powers that be at Bascik’s have decided to keep me on as an auditor/driver.

Those of you who have followed my earlier posts will notice the new word ‘auditor’ in the job description. Well, it’s been an eventful 3 months. I started off in the trucks for about 3 weeks, some of it driving, some of it assisting the other drivers. Then, one day, I was called in to the office to fill in for absent admin staff. I spent a week in there answering phones and learning some of the administration side of things. After that, I was asked to assist in the warehouse helping out the auditor. Auditing involves checking the inwards freight to make sure the consignment note matches what freight is being delivered. So lots of measuring, weighing, counting and organising. We also make sure the freight is properly labelled and goes to the right place. It’s not difficult in an intellectual sense, but it can be hectic at times, particularly at the end of the day when lots of freight comes in all at the same time. One has to be observant and a tendency towards being a bit OCD is probably helpful.

According to the Ops Manager, I’m fairly competent at this part so they’ve decided to keep me in that role, with the occasional escape into one of the trucks if we’re short on drivers.

The future looks good. There are plans afoot and opportunities are available to me should I wish to pursue them. I feel a loyalty to this company: they took a gamble in giving a chance to a forty-something year old hairdresser with no logistics experience and I appreciate that.

Bascik Transport specialise in the movement of fragile freight, particularly from Auckland to the South Island and return. We have three South Island ‘hubs’ in Nelson/Blenheim, Christchurch and Dunedin. This week, things got turned upside down.

The tragic major earthquake that struck the East Coast of the South Island at the beginning of the week caused fatalities and extensive damage to infrastructure, including road and rail. Our ability to freely move freight has been disrupted and alternatives have had to be found. We are still moving but we’re doing it differently. Everyone has banded together and getting to work. It’s still quite fluid, and aftershocks are continuing, but we do what we have to.

From a personal development point of view, I’ve been observing how the crisis has been managed and tried to learn as much as I can about how the company is going about this. Obviously, I’m not privy to all of the information but it’s been interesting nonetheless.

So that’s the last three months in a nutshell. I didn’t want this to be a blog full of daily irrelevancies, so I will only write when I have something important or amusing to share. Stay well and keep on trucking.