1586 Danger Zone.


Staying employed is scary. At least in my experience. I always had a lot of trouble getting a job. Once I had it I did very well and was valued, but actually getting in was always extremely difficult. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s my nervous nature in unfamiliar situations, maybe it’s those little tests they make you take, maybe I’m just an off putting monster, who can say? In any case, having so much trouble getting in the door made me terrified of getting fired. I know that must sound strange considering how flippant the cast tends to act about employment, but that’s always how other people seemed to be to me. Apart from a handful like myself the people I worked with were totally fine with just walking up the road and getting a new job. People who seemed like they should have a lot of trouble finding work bounced from job to job like it was the easiest thing in the world.
I was once told that a lot of my initial problems with the job I had the longest was the little personality test they make you do. You’re supposed to answer truthfully but they expect you to have had a drink, or at least tried drugs. My record was so squeaky clean and my moral code was so abnormally strict that they thought I was lying. Think about that for a minute. Can you see what that encourages? Yeah, a deck stacked against people who are actually truthful and safe. Qualities that should have been desirable were seen as a practical impossibility. Finding that out really irritated me. I even understand the logic behind it, flawed though it is. That was just one of the many things that disgusted me about corporate philosophy.
I worked with so many people who stole stuff. People who, according to their little test, were top picks for employment. They came to work buzzed, or high outright, and we all had to pick up the slack while being treated like we were also doing something wrong. I became very jaded about the whole setup after a few years and was quite vocal about it. The farther the power core gets from the ground floor of a business the more they desire direct control while simultaneously doing everything to prevent themselves from having it. The suits want all the money without having to put in the time on the floor to actually see what stores need to function. That’s why Wal-Mart is falling apart, why Blockbuster failed, and any number of other businesses that got too big to steer properly on the waters of commerce. If you treat your employees as valuable, rather than criminals, they’re way more likely to go the extra mile to make sure the business runs properly for you. It’s as simpler as that, but the accountants don’t see things that way. Humans are a resource that can be tossed aside at any moment. That’s why going into most stores is a chore rather than an enjoyable experience.