In March 2007, on Janny's and Tan Tans first visit to Jakarta I took them to Bogor to see the Botanical Gardens ( ok I made them do a quick walk through but it really was for them to buy some handbags LOL).
On the toll way up to Bogor our driver fell asleep...at the wheel....at over 100km/hour...with my mother, sister and my babies in the car.
Since this moment, I have not been relaxed in the car unless GJ or I am driving.
I always sit in the seat behind the driver and constantly watch his shoulders and face in the mirror for signs of tiredness.
Fast forward to 2008, the driver falls asleep at traffic lights, constantly.
The big clincher came when he fell asleep on the toll way to Sambolo doing 120km/hr again with the family inside.
In Australia you can't just sack someone. You have to follow a process of verbal warnings, written warnings and mediation.
I applied this practice here, the companies HR manager held meetings and explained the ramifications of what would happen if he fell asleep at the wheel again.
Well it happened again....on the way home from the airport. The fourth time.
He has been fired. Instant dismissal.
I didn't realise how worrying it was until now after he has gone.
18 months of stress.
I really don't care whether or not expats are good employers or bad ones. I know we personally treat people with respect and pay well. The bottom line is that my family's lives were placed at risk. That is not going to happen again.