Working the graveyard shift. Not much to say about the shift itself, other than it is at night, and it is very quiet, plus no micro-management staff hovering over your every shoulder. The new employment is non-union–I say this in the sense that although I have worked in union shops, but I have also worked in shops that pretend they are a union, but they only present themselves that way as to give the impression of giving employee those rights when in fact it is the farthest thing from the truth. Perhaps the best way to sum it all up is to talk about the positives, and say that I have not found any overly outstanding negative points that raised any red flags.
The most encouraging comment that I have ever heard from any employee came from one the of lead employees who seemed to the veteran of the shift was, “there is no, or hardly any, back-stabbing, bullying, fearmongering, politics, vindictive attitudes, (and so on), in the building.” He went on to say that everyone gets along very well, this is mostly due to the fact that there is no completion between any one. A very bold statement from any employee, and especially from within a America owned corporation! But proof is in the time spent there, as I have never worked in workplace that was free of such B.S.
Unlike other places that I have worked, this company seems to have (seemly) eliminated these negative aspects of competition amongst the workers. Nepotism, I believe is the biggest one of them all, and this company has even made a policy against it, calling it a conflict of interest of the corporation. Although this employer says that they do not place advancement over seniority, then the other side of the coin would be that this is a meritocracy style of advancement–hard to say at this time. Lastly, the harassment and bullying policy. The proof is in the actions that I observe, and again that can only be judged over time as to whether this employer lives up to its words. Many employers that I have worked under in the past have failed miserably from all of these types of behaviours. If this employer has achieved what they say in writing, then I may have found something close to utopia.
Today, (or last night) was a honeymoon period of being shown the ropes, and being taught what my duties are. I mostly finished up what I could not complete during my orientation classes, so that was the first four hours of the shift, and after that I did clean up, bailing cardboard and garbage, then lots of sweeping.
I did find out why I was hired, and chosen above so many others who submitted their resumes: education, skills and scoring the highest on their aptitude test. They need thinkers, the ability to write reports, and take in huge amounts of data. The most highly coveted skills are mobile equipment operators–and they need operators desperately, but they come attached with a very leading edge inventory control system (ISC) which took me about a day to figure out. Many have walked away from these positions, not because they cannot drive, but because of operating the ISC, while driving. And of course that big one: tardiness. They have issues with tardiness, or more so with “no-shows” and “sick-time.” I think this is partly due to the nature of the business they are in, as shifts are staggered and days are inconsistent over time due to scheduling of peak customer times and volumes.
Overall, I am very excited, and very happy to be working again. More to come in later posts about this new adventure!