July 15, 2021

Meanwhile: At Work

Art by Hiromu 
I can barely bend myself to fit into my chair as I type this. 

The last two weeks have been daunting.

We're all kinds of shorthanded at work, and while the volume is not at the insane levels it was this time last year, it higher than normal. 

No one wants to work. The company is hiring people in waves but they tend not to get past orientation...once they see us sweating and exerting ourselves in 90+ degree heat and ~100 percent humidity they decide that 15 dollars an hour and full medical to start just can't compare to getting an unemployment check and playing vidya.

Despite my having gotten "the poke" twice, I still have to wear masks at work, in part for liability reasons because we don't have a high enough percentage of people vaccinated yet. 

When one's mask fills with sweat and the filters become saturated there is a terrifying moment when one can get no air through it until one breaks the seal. That is demoralizing. It also defeats the purpose of a mask. 

I got up at 2AM, personally lifted over 7000 parcels today, and just got in. I am exhausted. But no more so than any other day .  I will sit here for a bit and try to think of something to say, before running errands and going to bed.

Blogging will resume eventually. I think. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 09:25 AM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 <i>Despite my having gotten "the poke" twice, I still have to wear masks at work, in part for liability reasons because we don't have a high enough percentage of people vaccinated yet. </i>

Damn, I'm sorry to hear that. By luck, my profession has been pretty insulated from the Covidiocy (I can work from home a lot). It bothers me that in the critical physical jobs that make our world work, the workers are underpaid, overworked, and treated like shit. It's not good, it's not smart, and it's one of the reasons why I'm "off-libertarian" these days. It seems to me like market forces aren't really fixing these problems, and how society really decides how to reward people have little to do with them, and a lot to do with caste systems and social dominance games.

Machinists and engineers are the example I'm most familiar with. The caste divide, and the devaluation of their critical work bothers me.

Posted by: MadRocketSci at Thu Jul 15 13:06:27 2021 (hRoyQ)

2 I'm not particularly underpaid and the company I work for tends to treat is personnel pretty well. But we are working unbelievably hard right now and the inability to get help is causing a cascade effect as people, especially young people get to the end of their rope and let go. 
The 'caste' divide you mention, while not as applicable to me, is quite real though and getting worse. It gives a sobering look at the neo-feudalist arrangement many of out anointed are trying to bring about. 

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Thu Jul 15 15:41:40 2021 (5iiQK)

3 Corporate is making a lot of Sam's Club fresh department employees continue to wear masks in states that are mask free. After jab. So people complained, and suddenly corporate starts leaning on everyone to wear masks again! So. Freaking. Dumb.

Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Thu Jul 15 16:32:24 2021 (sF8WE)

4 Those girls in the foreground need to watch out, because surely there is a pot of petunias incoming.

Posted by: Mauser at Thu Jul 15 23:04:10 2021 (Ix1l6)

5 I don't know how you manage the shift. When I work on any projects like making garden footpaths, planting, or even making a knife at my workbench, it's 2 hours and a long break.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Jul 16 12:20:09 2021 (LZ7Bg)

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