In any job, staying detached keeps one’s perspective intact. That’s not such an easy trick because the sheer amount of time spent doing things for, and being with, other people will affect our thinking.
At the Bait & Switch shop, we workers are considered full-time with 35 hours per week, while managers and supervisors hack through 50.
Telling, that sentence. In order for a relatively responsible employee to take home a relatively livable sum of money, they must work 25% more than the standard work-week. Note that non-supervisory employees – me – do not make enough on which to live. That’s probably all I need to say about that.
The net effect of long hours, low hourly wages and a chronic lack of bodies on the floor means it’s easy to be rushed into losing sight of life. Think of a pressure cooker: heat and pressure cook faster than atmospheric methods, and more thoroughly.
None of that is happenstance. The Dodgy Brothers clearly dislike the idea of staffing for busy times; they’d much prefer to run everyone at the edge when it’s busy so that we’re merely fully occupied at other times. Just how this meshes with their “customer first” mantra is a mystery.
Like anyone, I have to keep this job from being too big to lose. Cobbling together any and all sources of income is the same as investment diversification, and at least as important. That requires constant awareness of and detachment from any one job.