May 10, 2020

Dispatches From the Shipping Industry

I'm frequently working more overtime than straight time. Our building has been consistently breaking its all time record for volume. On a personal note, I'm handling over 10,000 parcels a day. This is problematic due to the fact that both my plantar facitis and kidney stones have been acting up in a big way, though I have not called out since the 10th of April

With higher than Christmas volume and what was initially March level staffing, work has been rather hectic. Eventually the company became convinced that this was a long term issue and began hiring new people about a week ago. 12 people have been hired for our building over the last two weeks of which four lasted one full day and three are still with us. This has not caught us up from the attrition of those who quit due to the workload. 

We have the worst economy since the great depression and jobs starting at ~$16.00 with annual pay increases, full medical coverage, actual sick leave (unlike some places) and opportunities for advancement can't get filled because people come in and are horrified by physical labor...or they cant past the drug test or background check. 

What is wrong with these kids today? 


Anyway, I got the grass cut. I have to be to work in 6 hours so I should probably eat or go to bed or something. 

Blogging may remain spartan for a bit. 

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1 Years ago, when I was even poorer than I am now, I did apply to Big Brown for a position, and got an interview.  However, the HR person doing the interview was so dismissive, if not borderline insulting, that I refuse to ever choose Big Brown for anything that I have a say in to this day.

Also, I had former co-worker who had worked for Big Brown before and then went back part-time a while later, to earn a little extra cash.  One of the politest, well mannered, even tempered person I personally know -  who quit Big Brown after two weeks into his second go-around with them because his supervisor was a massive jerk.

God knows I seen too many terrible new hires come and go at work, and a lot of people are not going to cut it in the working world.  But I do not think all of them are...

Posted by: cxt217 at Mon May 11 21:24:20 2020 (4i7w0)

2 My thanks to you and your colleagues. I wave at my neighborhood's UPS driver whenever I see him.

Posted by: Matthew Cowles at Mon May 11 21:50:48 2020 (irynM)

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