Rob Meyer, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and driller, returns to The Driller Newscast for a conversation about hiring. What can the industry do to find and pull in veterans? What do they want from the industry? To Meyer, drilling suffers when vets — or anyone, really — can find competing wages and arguably better working conditions at an Amazon distribution center. 

“Nobody wants to work in the conditions that you want them to work in,” Meyer says, “and you can't afford the conditions that they want to work in unless you elevate your price, which are afraid to do.” 

Watch the episode to hear some of his ideals for tackling this issue. 

This episode covers: 

  • Suicide risks and prevention in drilling and construction 
  • Boosting veteran hires in drilling and construction 
  • The importance of a good compensation package for drilling, construction work 
  • How construction competes for workers with Amazon 
  • The two-way street of at-will employment 
  • Wages in drilling, construction 
  • Work-life balance for construction professionals
  • Automation in drilling and construction work 

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