When you get a new job how long is it until it looks like the old one or loses its fun? In the fast “want it now” instant gratification days of today, do we measure work in how many hours until we can relax? I know the saying “this is the life,” but is a life without work really good? Should kids be brought up thinking they are entitled and how much work do you have to do to become entitled?
There are two gentlemen who have experienced. The first man is George. George is a 50-year-old man who works two jobs and has kids. He has worked as a porter for 12 years at the same casino. The second man is Jim. Jim is 27-years-old, works full-time, is single and has no kids, and is a full-time student. He has worked for the same casino for eight years. Both Jim and George are good workers. George gets all his work done and takes a break at the end of his shift. Jim gets some of the day’s work done and takes a little break and then continues to finish his work.
The saying used in a lot of hospitality jobs is “perception is reality.” The point being if somebody sees something out of place or a person standing around doing nothing The place must be not good at all. A man running a company, no matter the size, does not want his money wasted on employees just standing around. If a new manager sees Jim or George standing around should he tell them to get back to work or ask how much they have finished? Does one remark get a bigger reply than the other.
The response to the question can be just as full of attitude as the question itself. Jim and George will have different responses to the new manager. George did not like being asked about how much work he did, because he always knew he would get it done. Jim did not like being told to get back to work, because he would always get back to work. Are George and Jim out of line or just reacting out of pride? if you take a break somebody is going to want you to get back to work.
After a while, the manager, Jim, and George were able to work as a good team, but every so often when work got busy, somebody would start ranting about how or why they needed to work a certain way. It was worrying about the amount of work to do. Which always raises the question “Do we as a culture have a fear of work?” Is our wanting for relaxation so great we get scarred at taking on a task we can easily complete, but will not do because it will cut into our free time?
Jim and George are not bad at their job, maybe just worried their work will be doubled. Their actions bring up more questions. Is George’s second job and home life and Jim’s education and personal life making them give excuses? Everybody will give excuses if they cannot reach expectations and felt bad about from time to time. Can we as a people find a way to cope with the massive problems we have? Maybe then we can do a better job and make sure the next generation does a better job than us.