Work for It

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, and that is because my house has been a construction zone. Between that and work, I haven’t had much time for fun. But I’m back now, and my house is still a construction zone. That is the influence for my article today. My mom and I hired a contractor to install wood laminate flooring for us. We did all the hard stuff, like ripping up the carpet, we just want to make sure the flooring is installed properly, so we figured we would leave it to a professional. Well boy, was that disappointing. He has not come back to finish the last two rooms, and he has left big gaps near doorways that show the concrete underneath! He even then told us he would just slip some small pieces of wood in there to “plug” any of the holes. Now, I don’t know about my readers, but I personally have no experience with flooring, so I did some research on what he told us he would need to fix his mistakes, and I can’t find anything to really support it. I even reached out to an architect I know, and while it wasn’t really his field, he wasn’t sure if that was a good, professional job or if it was shoddy. This is what we paid the contractor for! If I had wanted to just guess and hope the flooring was being installed correctly, I would have done it myself.
Now that my little rant is over, let me get to the point. We all work for a living (unless you’re a trust fund baby, in which case, can I marry you?). When we get these jobs that we then use to pay all of our bills, we are entrusted by our employers to do our job the way THEY want, not the way WE want. When I got hired on at my current job, I was taught how the company wants things done and how to do my job to those standards, not to the standards that I felt were correct. Unfortunately for our society, people are giving the appearance of being lazy and expecting things to be given to them, and this causes numerous problems. The first, the whole strike about wanting to get paid $15 an hour to flip burgers. I understand not being in a job that uses your skillset, but that doesn’t mean you should strike and cause a fuss because you want to make more than an EMT does an hour. My burger doesn’t mean that much to me. Another problem is that people decide to do things their own (lazy) way. I didn’t hire this contractor to be lazy and cut corners; I hired him to do the job the way I told him I wanted it done the first day. As an employee, it is not your job to take liberties and decide that your employer would like a job done a different way. That is not why you were hired. If an employer wanted that, they would have asked for it. Society seems to think they always know what is best for people, and reality is, they don’t. If you are asked to do a job a certain way, and then paid to do so, it is expected that the job will be done correctly. If not, you’re going to get to go back and do it again.

One thing my parents taught me from a young age was the value of hard work and doing a good job. I was given a weekly allowance if I did certain chores around the house. My brother had the same system, so our parents split up the chores weekly and wrote them down on a list for each of us to do. Now, most of them were not anything big, such as taking out the garbage or setting the table. As we got older, we got given more responsibility, and our chores got a little more important. When my brother was old enough, he got tasked with mowing the lawn once a week. One day, he mowed the lawn and had somewhere to be, so he rushed through the task and didn’t do it properly. Not only did he not get paid his allowance, he then had to go back out and fix the job. That is how I was raised. Work smarter, not harder and do the job you are asked, even if it takes you more time than expected. Our parents had entered a contract with him and he didn’t hold up his end of the bargain; so he had to fix it. Same thing happened to me if I didn’t do a job correctly. My work would be inspected, and if it wasn’t done correctly, I had to go back and re-do it. I viewed it as punishment back then, especially if I had plans with friends that I now wasn’t going to get to. Now, I view it as a fantastic work ethic. I don’t leave a job until it is done to the satisfaction of my employer. Sadly, this work ethic is a dying breed. Many people don’t feel the same, and have this sense of entitlement to get paid even if they didn’t do the job properly or completely. It’s a shame that’s what we’ve come to in this world, and it makes me worried for our future children. Mine will be held to the same standards that I was, will yours?

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