Monthly Archives: October 2001

Temp work

Just after I had caught up on all of my work yesterday, and opened my book to enjoy some down time, my “supervisor” (we'll call her Peg) walks by… I use the word supervisor in quotes because she is actually quite far from a real supervisor. She's just the one that I'm doing some work for. So, she notices that I'm not busy with anything and says she'll look to see if she has anything else for me. Sure enough, 10 minutes later, she gives me a new spreadsheet and a stack of reports to file. Now, see, my regular task at work is to log and file reports of type A that come through here quite often during the day. This task used to be Peg's. All she has to do now is log and file these other type B reports that come through. This new pile I received yesterday is everything that Peg hasn't gotten to in the last month. My question is this… if I had to go and catch up on all of the report A's that she hasn't gotten to in the past month, and now I'm taking care of all the report B's from the past month… what exactly _has_ Peg been doing in the past month? What does she have left to do now? I wouldn't mind all of this too much, if I got her paycheck along with her work, but this is not so. Such is the life of a temp.

3-day work week

Who came up with the idea of working 5 of the 7 days each week? Furthermore, who came up with the idea of working 8 hours each of those 5 days? I'm very upset with whoever conceived of this schedule.

My solution is this; the 5 hour a day, 3-day work week. Actually, it would be two 3-day work weeks, with different people covering each set of days. This would not be an easy change to incorporate into our current system, but I think with a gradual shift, it could work. With the change from the current 2-day weekend to the proposed 4-day weekend, there would be a natural growth in most all entertainment and tourist industries. These businesses, such as theaters, amusement parks, resorts, sporting events, etc… would work on the same 3-day shift schedule. Of course, we would have to expect an initial decline in manufacturing, production, and income until the entertainment conglomerates grew to compensate. With the increased revenue in the entertainment and tourism industries, they would naturally start partnership programs, incentives, and financial backing of various industries, which would in turn provide the funds for the initial higher wages needed to compensate for people only working 3 days a week. The linking of entertainment giants with industry giants, would create a strong flow of direct-advertising for all employees within the companies, which in turn would lure them to indulge in all forms of entertainment on their long weekends. The cycle begins. Salaries and prices would soon reach an equilibrium point and we would be left a much happier bunch of people. Now if we could just find the guy who came up with the other system…