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Response to YOHABLO (Reply #29)

Sun Apr 24, 2016, 12:08 PM

35. We can all use more education

For example, I worked for Kraft, which was owned by Phillip Morris. Worked there for almost three years.

Yes, there is a fairly wide latitude in what a person does at work. For example, I took the initiative - myself - to learn various positions. I worked on line 8, which was a new line, but I also took the time to get trained on the other lines, so I could fill in if my line was down (as it often was, being new). I learned a variety of things on my own, sometimes taught other people too, but often not. At some point, working as a temp, I got pissed off. So I spent about nine months working there with a very bad attitude. For a while there I went to work with the intention to cost the company at least $100 in lost production per day.

By doing nothing, On a production line, time is money. The line produces $100 worth of product per minute. I used to have the attitude of trying to save that money. For example, when something goes wrong, the machine stops automatically and it is our job to fix the problem and get it re-started. Having been there a while, I learned to be pro-active. I could spot problems and reduce the down time. Or I could fail to do so - on purpose. When I see the machine is about to crash, I could busy myself doing something else.

My favorite example was when there was a computer problem. I knew I could fix it, but I refused to do so, handed it off to my co-workers, feeling pretty sure that they could NOT fix it. The line was down for an hour - before they gave up, and then I went and fixed it, just to prove that I could. It wasn't my job to fix it. I was a temp, and I really got no reward for fixing it.

There's a wide variety of ways to do a job, and also a large difference in tasks to do or what order to do them.

Consider volunteer work - take the corporation away. Next Tuesday, like I do twice a month, I will volunteer two hours at one of our city's "free community meals" at two local churches (there are about a dozen churches doing them, I volunteer at two nearby churches). Last month I was kinda slaving over a hot sink washing dishes by hand. Work is work, even in some more ideal arrangement, like, say, a phalanx (look it up if you want - Charles Fourier) there's stuff that needs to be done and somebody's got to do it.

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