I’m not even sure where to begin…..
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of last week were some of the most physically, and mentally challenging days I have put in, in a long, long time.
I got a text last Monday, asking if I knew anyone who might be available for some seasonal, part-time, or possibly full-time employment. I have two confirmed construction projects on my schedule for April, but decided, what the heck, I enjoy learning new things, and I knew most of the people at the place anyway, from doing construction projects around the facility, so I got in touch with the person in charge of hiring and said, I would be interested in helping out, but it would have to be part-time, because of my previous commitments.
I started Wednesday morning.
It feels like I’m in one of those TV shows where the boss goes undercover, to find out what’s really going on….
And find out I have.
Because the men working here, do know me, each of them has confided in me on the side.
As much as I would like to give you very specific details of the types of jobs I have had the” opportunity” to do, I am concerned that if I did to much of that, someone might be able to figure out, where I have been working, and who I am writing about, and that I do not want to do. (Yet)
I will just say this, the business has been now turned over to the next generation and the young man now at the helm does not have a clue. I don’t think he’s even stepped foot in the facility since last October. While he may or may not have some sort of business degree from college, in terms of the skill sets, and conditions he expects his employees to work under, he would not last a day.
I consider myself somewhat in shape from being in construction.
I have had to take drugs every night before bed just to get my body and brain to relax.
One of the saddest things for me is, these guys that have been here for years, really do take great pride in their work, and management do not seem to realize it. I have been amazed at the attention to detail they take. If they were working for me, they would be getting a $5 raise (instead of an 10% pay cut that went into effect last year, right before Thanksgiving.)
I said I would work here until the 1st of May….
After next week, it will be just me, the shop foreman, and whomever else they can scare up from the temp agency.
The rest of the help will have jumped ship.
There is a reason, this widget company is in a death spiral.