On the Clock
January 28, 2021 7:27 PM - by Guendelsberger, Emily - Subscribe

When journalist Emily Guendelsberger gets let go from a local alt weekly she embarks on a 1-year journey to explore low wage work, and write a book about it. She logs a couple of months at an Amazon warehouse near Louisville, KY, a call center in Hickory NC, and a McDonald's in SF. All the jobs suck, and the suckiness can be summed up by this line. A good rule of thumb: the more interest management takes in workers’ use of the bathroom, the more that job is going to suck.

One more thought from the book.

As more and more skill is stripped out of a job, the cost of turnover falls; eventually, training an ever-churning influx of new unskilled workers becomes less expensive than incentivizing people to stay by improving the experience of work or paying more.
posted by COD (3 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
 
The description of this reminds me of Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed, which a good thing. I may have to check this out.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:07 AM on January 29


Yes. One of the blurbs on the book was "Nickel and Dimed for the Millennial Generation." It's been out for a year or two it so should be easily available via the library.
posted by COD at 2:11 PM on January 29


This is a really decent book and quite an easy read.
posted by adrianhon at 9:32 AM on January 30 [1 favorite]


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