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Pajama Party

Posted on 07/10/2015 at 11:03 AM by Dena Boelter

Have you ever seen someone in their pajamas in the grocery store, mall, church or work?  Just yesterday I was at the park and a lady was hanging out in her pajamas.  No, it was not the Snuggie kind, but there were ducks on them!  Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks this is slightly odd because freakingnews.com did a photo contest (above) of folks who wore their pajamas on the job.  

All of our children have been involved in preschool and elementary school events which involved pajamas, teddy bears, and flashlights to coincide with a "sleep over" themed lesson plan but this is generally focused for those under the age of 8.  There is some point that pajamas in public are not acceptable.  I am apparently really out of touch because we recently received this message from a customer:

"The driver was a women from Don Hummer Trucking. . .checking in at 8:49AM and out at 10:45AM. 

I signed paperwork for her.  Very hard to forget her. . .she was still wearing her pajamas."

Very unfortunate!  The next time a driver discusses with me the lack of industry-wide respect for drivers and the hard work they perform every day in the face of crazy motorists, uncaring dock workers, and tightening regulation - I am going to share this story. 

Falling out of the truck at a customer location with tattered sweatpants, last night's dinner on your three-day-old t-shirt, and smelling like you and the shower have not met in a very long time does not help promote a positive image for the trucking industry. 

If you want respect - demand it!  Demand it by your actions, conversation, and appearance.  You are doing a very important work - act like it!

Comments
With a little time on unemployment she can ware her pajamas longe.
Tim | 01/20/2017 at 03:04 AM
Excellent subject covered in that blog. I read a motivational poster 1 time that reminded me of why I work at Don Hummer Trucking. It went something like this... "Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates mediocrity and excellence." I remember the first day when I walked into the lounge in Homestead. I had previously worked for Trans Am for 3 years. There was not a lot of pride there among the drivers. When I walked into the Hummer lounge for the first time and looked around, I could tell that these were professional blue collar workers. They may have been truck drivers, but they had pride in what they did on a day to day basis. And I could tell they expected it from me. I felt like a rookie. At Don Hummer, I have always tried to act in a professional manner, even in trying circumstances. I know I may have unreal expectations, but I expect it from the other drivers around me. I like walking into a shipping / receiving office, truck stop, or into a repair shop representing Don Hummer Trucking. I also know that a few drivers have complained about me to dispatch, or possibly to you about my attitude towards them when they have dirty trucks, have lame excuses not covering their load, and pizza boxes stacked on their dash going down the road. I try to keep my business to myself but I can't help it. Pride is contagious. The story you told about the lady with the pajamas reminded me of a few years ago when I was standing in line at a receiver and a Hummer lady driver came in wearing her pajamas. As a driver, it was embarrassing. Maybe this was the same lady that was in your story. I agree with you that in order to get respect, we need to respect ourselves. It was a blog that needed to be written. Leadership starts at the top. Don Hummer has built a trucking company that I am proud to work for. Chris Hummer is continuing that. Thanks again. Mark Eyster. #1421
Mark Eyster | 01/20/2017 at 03:04 AM
"I agree with you totally. It amazes me how some folks dress out here. The fact that this was a coworker really saddens me. I have always thought we were a step above everyone else. We work for a great company and that should reflect on how we present ourselves. I would really hate to see a dress code implemented but I don't know if it's a bad idea."
Cindy Anderson | 01/20/2017 at 03:04 AM
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