February 11, 2018
My friend and I have discussed "Poor vs. Poor" and I understand what it means. A hot topic example is, "we shouldn't pay a burger flipper $15 per hour when a paramedic makes $15 per hour." Basically, it is the poor fighting against one another when it is the corporation not paying the burger flipper a living wage – the paramedic has nothing to do with the situation. If you must include the paramedic then you would say the burger flipper should make a living wage at $15 per hour and the paramedic should be making $25 per hour. Please don’t let the numbers take over the point of this post - $15 is an arbitrary number, whatever number it would take for someone to pay for housing, food, clothing, etc. and not starve or live out of their car. If you think that’s $10 then fine. Let’s look past that.
I found myself last night joining into the “Poor vs. Poor” attitude and not realizing it. I was pissed off about having too much caseload work because another person has been out of the office for a few months due to medical reasons and I had been doing a lot of coverage for them. My perspective was I only took one week off work after my own surgery and I used vacation. Why should I have all this work and that person sat at home on short-term disability doing nothing? That person could have worked from home in their job position, but instead did nothing.
I was blaming my co-worker for my misery when my friend brought up or previous discussion of “Poor vs. Poor.” I had totally fallen into it. It’s not my coworker’s fault that they were out of work; it’s not my co-worker’s fault that others have quit and we have been short staffed for a long while. It is managements’ responsibility to take the lead on these things and make sure staff is in place to cover these situations. If the decision is to overload the staff while we “wait” for new staff or out of the office staff to come back, then it is managements’ “fault” that everyone is behind and can’t catch up. This style of management also causes that fast train of other employees running for the door. It is a poor management style in my opinion, but I am digressing.
I fell into it hook, line, and sinker. I could rename it “Co-worker vs. Co-worker” but it is the same mentality as “Poor vs. Poor”. The people in the same bracket as me [co-workers] are not in charge and people get sick, get hurt, and need time off. This should not affect the way I see my co-worker; this should affect the way I see management and how they are handling the situation. Unfortunately, most management does handle it the “everyone else steps in and take on the extra work” which is not efficient when most job workers in the U.S. carry a full workload due to companies trying to save money on labor costs. I am going to try and keep a better open mind as time goes on and try to really focus on who is really to blame rather than being upset with the wrong people.
And please do not go into the “high-horse” mentality of you shouldn’t let things get to you. I am human; I let things get to me, but maybe this will help me to have a better working relationship in the future with my co-workers.