I need some advice on moving shop...
I run a small logistics company and have for the last 5 years operated in one specific area, which meant I was able to setup a yard, with a kitchen and bedrooms, where my employees (drivers and maintenance staff) sleep every night. This has been a perk of the location and not linked to their remuneration packages in any way.
Over the last couple of years business has slowed significantly in this particular area and I moved most vehicles to other sites where the drivers do not have the luxury of sleeping quarters. They sleep in their trucks.
I am now planning to move the last vehicles off to a new location as well. (500km away)
My question relates to 2 specific employees (a general labourer and a driver)
- General Labourer - He has worked for us for about 3 years. The position becomes redundant as I do not need this in the new location, so I have no choice but to retrench him. I am planning to give him the equivalent of 3 week’s pay (He does not earn a lot, so I might even end up giving him a few rand extra in cash just because I feel bad doing it…) Is this OK?
- My biggest concern is one specific driver. He is a good worker and has been with us for 5 years. However, he is also the type of guy that would not be willing to lower his “living” standards, so I doubt whether he would be willing to move and start living in the truck like the other drivers do.
I am not able to setup sleeping quarters in the new location as the nature of the contract means they will be in different locations at night.
If he is not willing to move, like I anticipate, would it also be appropriate to offer him a retrenchment package? The position does not become redundant, as I still need a driver, it just moves in location.
I would appreciate your thoughts on this.