It’s at times of great adversity that we truly get to know an individual. To really recognise what motivates them. Discern what someone is really capable of. Sadly it’s not always for the best. Since the nationwide lockdown was enforced over 3 weeks ago, I and many of my colleagues have continued working in a very “non” essential capacity. Though I’m not at liberty to discuss the particulars of my job, to protect the ignorant, suffice to say I’m in no way a key worker. So as of right now we’re stuck. Confined to a life of subservience to our benevolent and largely absent leader. Presumably confined to the stifling solitude of his grade II listed mansion. A self confessed man of the people. The anointed crusader for the working man. Taking great pride in the continued production of his business while others are failing. As well as openly facilitating the spread of Covid 19, purely for the interests of the company. Not their employees.
This is a company that explicitly encourages it’s staff to maintain a 2m distance and adhere to the hygiene regulations and measures sanctioned by the government to prevent the spread of Covid 19. But at the same time broaden their recruitment policy to keep up with the high level of demand the company is suddenly dealing with, thus increasing the volume of people operating in an environment where social distancing is now impossible to sustain. Sadly it seems their solution is similar to that of other more affluent online distributors: to throw money at the problem! Offering financial incentives for punctuality and consistency. An initiative they have subsequently revoked now that they can simply replace any rebellious permanent staff with temps. But all at the expense of our safety. Unfortunately many consider these precautions as advisory. Suggestions to be considered but not regimently applied and will happily congregate in packs for cigarettes breaks. We’re expected to be productive in a completely inefficient environment. Weaving past congested areas, hoping no inconsiderate buffoon decides to siddle past you in frustration. It’s like Russian roulette, except every chamber in the gun is loaded!
When broached on the subject of volume and the proximity of personal, and just how many of us perceive this to be a callously dangerous option, he scoffed. With the company then having the audacity to insist that the fault lies with us?! Having filtered through hours of CCTV footage to discover fleeting moments when the 2m rule was briefly interrupted. When confronted with the hypothetical scenario of further lock downs caused by some aberration of Covid 19, perhaps a Covid 20 or 21, that could exacerbate the global pandemic our gracious commander replied “I hope so”. No jest. Not a solitary shred of irony nor a glimmer of remorse. He sees this global epidemic as an opportunity. A chance to exploit both his workforce and costumers as well as profit from the ravaging effects of Covid 19, by jacking up the prices of specific products, in some cases DOUBLE that of high street retailers and supermarkets. It’s unconscionable!
We receive the regular “motivational” emails from our illustrious leader, praising our valient efforts and notifying us of just how much has been shipped. As time has gone on the theme of these bulletins has gradually shifted into a more jubilant tone, and are now a constant reminder of his total lack of empathy. His commitment to greed would be commendable if it wasn’t so morally repugnant!
Have you continued working during this crisis? Let me know about your experiences in the comments below. Cheers.