Rant: The 5-days-in-a-row workweek is arbitrary and my body doesn't agree with it

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by gone4truck, Jul 26, 2021.

  1. Mototom

    Mototom Road Train Member

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    Not from the study/articles I’ve found.
    The Productivity–Pay Gap
    Also the bureau of labor has published some information as well. It looks specifically LABOR productivity

    however I won’t lie I do a lot of skim reading of economic articles, I’m guilty of a bias and have always felt disillusioned about the current state of things.
     
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  3. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Well, the article posted certainly has an axe to grind on the matter as well, so i wont fault you for recognizing your bias, but try this on for size

    Saw blade x costs 50$, makes 10 cuts an hr

    10 years later saw blade z costs 50$, makes 15 cuts an hr.

    Same saw operator is 1.5 x more productive, but the raw technology (better blade) at the same cost is what made the whole difference, and to a sawcutting operation, its not like the operator should earn any more, they dont do that much more, maybe push the buttons a few times more an hr. Its not like its more work, but more cuts have been made. This helps a volume based operation, but if its a fixed production amount, the operator is simply wasting time if theres nothing to shift to. So now operator works 26.66 hrs a week, company makes the same whereas before the operator worked 40 hrs a week. More productive employee, less hours, less total wage even if hrly keeps up with inflation/cost of living, which translates to "higher efficiency" for the company
     
  4. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    Those kids working 2 days a week would be on meth or cocaine to slow them down, they are natural workaholics, one of my sisters is similar, same as my dad. Personally, i dont begrudge them what they choose to do, but id rather not work more than i have to to keep my family fed clothed and occasionally have some more fun, i need me time too, something they never or rarely have
     
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  5. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    All the money in the world won’t buy back the time spent making it.
     
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  6. skallagrime

    skallagrime Road Train Member

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    You put it more eloquently than i did
     
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  7. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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  8. Jenkins2020

    Jenkins2020 Light Load Member

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    hah, I work 6 days in a row, 9 hours each day driving local. It feels no different than being OTR. Only difference is that I get to sleep and shower/poop at my own place. Basically my own permanent truck spot. The 1 day off I get is just more work.(yard, groceries, laundry, cleanup, errands, etc)

    the money is the only reason I'm not burned out from it. Everytime I feel like quitting i look at my upcoming paycheck and smile
     
  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    my boss absolutely did not like it when i told him i was retiring. he said i was "irreplaceable",

    that might be true, about 2 years after i retired?

    the company closed up..

    true.
     
  10. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    I don’t think that was all you, but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he couldn’t find enough people worth the paper their paychecks are printed on once the old hands started hanging it up.
     
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  11. SoulScream84

    SoulScream84 Road Train Member

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    Can't say I've put any places under by leaving; but I still get calls from my previous manager from the oilfield in Colorado, as well as my "driver manager" from Wilson. As Mike put it "all I had to do was send you a dispatch, you took care of everything else, or let me know within 10 minutes why it wouldn't work."
     
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