reply to post by AlreadyGone
This thread is not at all about me personally. I have done many different types of work in my life, always made a living and supported myself. I
currently have changed directions and am doing very well, better than I've ever been. So this isn't a "I'm out of work and expect the government
to give me a job" type of thread, although I can totally see how it could possibly come across as one.
Funny you mention receiving positions. In the past I have years of experience with receiving. While receiving may seem simple on the surface, it takes
someone who is very attentive and thorough. If you are doing receiving in an extremely high-volume face paced environment, those qualities are even
more valuable. Some people can go fast, and some people can be accurate, but to find someone that can do both at the same time is difficult.
Most receiving positions have a high turnover rate. In my opinion (as someone with years of receiving experience, as well as years of experience being
supervisor of receiving departments) this is due to two factors. Number one is lazy employees. People think of receiving as a skill-less labor
position. They are used to just using their bodies and not their minds. They expect to just float through the day without putting forth any real
effort or concentration. Such employees are worthless and are either fired soon, or quit soon because they can't deal with the pressure.
The second factor is management failing to reward quality employees. There are a lot of receiving positions out there, but few that pay well or treat
employees well. This is because most upper management people are used to the type of employees I just described. They don't expect to obtain any
quality employees, so they don't provide the pay or work environment a quality employee would demand.
Receiving is the backbone of any manufacturing operation. Inventory control is crucial to running a manufacturing plant efficiently and receiving is
the first step in inventory. If you have poor quality employees in receiving it's going to cause problems in every single aspect of the chain.
As I said before most upper management people are used to crap receiving clerks, so they pay and treat their receivers poorly. This leads to loosing a
quality employee when they are lucky enough to find one in the first place. Which simply perpetuates the cycle of lower expectations and lower
My first supervisor role in the receiving department was in one such company. I started as a regular clerk, and after demonstrating that I was able to
not only accomplish my tasks with great competence, but I was able to change the entire department for the better. I was very quickly promoted to
supervisor where I made many changes that positively affected the business. I received a reward that year for employee contributing most to the
success of the company or something along those lines. I streamlined the entire inventory control and receiving process to the point where we were
able to operate with half the staff and accomplish more in less time.
So what went wrong? The company, while recognizing that I was a valuable asset, refused to compensate me as a valuable asset. I was paid poorly
compared to my performance and what I offered the company. So I left for another receiving supervisor role at a different company. I kept in contact
with many people that still worked there, and was informed that after I left the place started to fall apart. Major contracts with customers were
cancelled because of orders not being filled on time. They had to double the receiving staff to compensate for my departure.
Shortly after starting my new job I had a long meeting with the receptive president of the company. I communicated to him that in order to have a top
of the line receiving crew I needed more pay for my workers, and more respect and freedom for them as well. I promised to weed out the bad ones and
give him the best crew his company ever had. This worked, and I made changes at the new company that produced increases in productivity and profits
that were even greater than at my previous job.
I was very well compensated for what I did, earning far more than industry standard for my position. Same with the people under my supervision. But we
performed to a level greater than the expectation of the president. The product our company made was very specialized, and after said product
basically became redundant due to new technology and methods the company had to shut down.
I'm drifting off topic a bit but I'm trying to illustrate that your ability to earn income isn't always dependent on your skill or work ethic, but
many times dependent on your employer's willingness to compensate you properly for your work. Unless you are able to find a better company, many
times you are just SOL.