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John Bleasby   

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Fred wants to move on from site super - and go to work for the company owner as a salesperson. The only problem is, his guaranteed base salary is much lower now.

Fred Kennedy is getting cold feet over a career change. How should Fred and his boss handle the issue?

Fred Kennedy has been with RJ Custom Homes & Renovations for 20 years, the last twelve as a site super. He’s enjoyed the job, the autonomy, and the generous salary. However, he’s become a bit restless lately and has decided a change of career is needed.

Fred approached company owner Rolly Jones and asked for a new role prospecting for new business instead of supervising existing contracts. Jones welcomed the idea of change and decided to promote a younger person to fill Fred’s site super job. A few days later, Jones presented Fred with his new employment contract. Fred’s previously comfortable salary has been replaced with a low base with a sales commission for any new business signed. Now Fred is having second thoughts. He wonders if he can support his family without knowing his exact income. He’s asked to speak to Rolly about maybe getting his old job back.

Dilemma #1: How should Fred prepare for this meeting?

  1. Be prepared to sign the new contract and to work hard. A salary with commission is standard for sales work.
  2. Decline the contract offer and look elsewhere for a new job as a site supervisor.
  3. Ask to be given his former salary and no commission.
  4. Something else.

The best contractor-submitted entry, as judged by our panel, will WIN the new FLEXVOLT™ 60V MAX* Dust Extractor (DCV585), Retail: $489


Dilemma #2: How should Rolly handle Fred’s request, now that the transition is already in motion?

  1. Respect Fred’s wishes and give him his job back.
  2. Agree to maintain Fred’s former salary.
  3. Tell Fred that it’s too late now. Either accept the new position or look for work elsewhere.
  4. Something else.

The best contractor-submitted entry, as judged by our panel, will WIN a DeWalt Atomic 20V MAX Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit. Retail value approx. $249

You may enter proposals for both Dilemmas. However, each must be entered separately. And you can only win one prize!
Entries close on Thursday, July 4, 2019
The winners will be announced online July 9, 2019

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