Hmmmm, Long term employees. Slim is our newest employee, all the other cad techs have over 20 years with the company. Over 50% of our field crews have 20+ years with the company. Yeah, I think we get the idea of long term employees.
Sounds like a "Shwiiiing....!"
You completely missed my point. I wasn't talking about long-term employees, I was talking about staffing requirements over the "long haul". In other words, how many office staff are required to support a given number of field staff. We went from a 1:1 relationship with a heavily-customized LDD setup, to a 3:1 relationship now. I'm probably the exception, in that I typically support 2 field crews while only working half-time, and also doing all IT, webmaster duties, the odd support requests for Quux Software (which may come in while I'm at EJ Surveying), answering phones when necessary, etc. That's why I say I can now easily support 5 full-time field crews, if I were to be a full-time C3D tech. That's opposed to when I used to work 40 hours/week, mostly supporting only one field crew, with LDD.
If you have long-term employees, AND you can train them to do what I do with C3D, then the cost of a seat of Carlson vs. a seat of C3D becomes almost irrelevant. Of course, when one employee can do the work formerly done by five, well, that doesn't help our nation's unemployment numbers any.... Makes the company owner happy, though.