An Interesting if Sightly Depressing Anecdote

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An Interesting if Sightly Depressing Anecdote

Lately I’ve had a lot more respon­si­bil­ity at work as we ramp up for Black Fri­day and the time that fol­lows and I’ve been given a lot of peo­ple to get up to speed to be ready for the onslaught.

Because these days avail­able work­ers are at such a pre­mium instead of just get­ting work­ers bused in from Lawrence (always com­mon) and Brock­ton (started a few months ago) we are now get­ting peo­ple in from Boston proper and Prov­i­dence RI. The result has been a slightly dif­fer­ent demo­graphic mix with a larger group of Amer­i­can born Eng­lish speak­ing work­ers who live in big cities than new immi­grants speak­ing Span­ish, Por­tuguese or Cre­ole. What this is while harder on my off hours “Inter­views with Immi­grants” series at work it makes my job as a per­son who speaks almost no Span­ish and Por­tuguese, much easier.

I’m very pleased to say that these new folks who thus far range in age from: young enough to be my chil­dren, to young enough to be my grand­chil­dren, are not only are work­ing out splen­didly but in my mind con­tain an awful lot of dia­monds in the rough who have the poten­tial to hold respon­si­ble posi­tions in the near future.

All of this is made pos­si­ble by the Trump econ­omy that our state in gen­eral and our com­pany in par­tic­u­lar is enjoy­ing yet in con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing a slow period (very rare the last week) at least a cou­ple of them had choice words for the pres­i­dent and expressed some aston­ish­ment that I was a sup­porter of his, one remarked that as far as she was con­cerned Obama was still her president.

Think about it for a sec­ond, peo­ple who live in two of the bluest cities in New Eng­land yet are unable to find accept­able work in them, now find them­selves in an econ­omy so strong that folks are dri­ving them an hour or more, even to a dif­fer­ent state for employ­ment, and yet they still can’t see the con­nec­tion between the jobs they now have and man who made that econ­omy vs what came before.

I’m old enough to be from an age where being and mak­ing friends with peo­ple I dis­agree with polit­i­cally is nor­mal and being a Catholic and raised by peo­ple born in 1921 & 1924 the Amer­i­can prin­ci­ple that: If peo­ple are doing their jobs their pol­i­tics don’t mat­ter a damn, is sacro­sanct to me even if it’s not to the folks at Google, Mozilla or Facebook.

So as far as I’m con­cerned as long as they con­tinue to do their job I’ll be happy. If they con­tinue to be impres­sive I’ll make sure my boss knows they deserve notice. Nat­u­rally I’d be delighted if some day dur­ing break I dis­cover they have grasped the polit­i­cal rea­son why they’ve get­ting that chance to impress work and impress, but in the end it doesn’t matter.

After all it’s not part of the job descrip­tion and this is Amer­ica and peo­ple can think and believe what they like.

Lately I’ve had a lot more responsibility at work as we ramp up for Black Friday and the time that follows and I’ve been given a lot of people to get up to speed to be ready for the onslaught.

Because these days available workers are at such a premium instead of just getting workers bused in from Lawrence (always common) and Brockton (started a few months ago) we are now getting people in from Boston proper and Providence RI. The result has been a slightly different demographic mix with a larger group of American born English speaking workers who live in big cities than new immigrants speaking Spanish, Portuguese or Creole. What this is while harder on my off hours “Interviews with Immigrants” series at work it makes my job as a person who speaks almost no Spanish and Portuguese, much easier.

I’m very pleased to say that these new folks who thus far range in age from: young enough to be my children, to young enough to be my grandchildren, are not only are working out splendidly but in my mind contain an awful lot of diamonds in the rough who have the potential to hold responsible positions in the near future.

All of this is made possible by the Trump economy that our state in general and our company in particular is enjoying yet in conversation during a slow period (very rare the last week) at least a couple of them had choice words for the president and expressed some astonishment that I was a supporter of his, one remarked that as far as she was concerned Obama was still her president.

Think about it for a second, people who live in two of the bluest cities in New England yet are unable to find acceptable work in them, now find themselves in an economy so strong that folks are driving them an hour or more, even to a different state for employment, and yet they still can’t see the connection between the jobs they now have and man who made that economy vs what came before.

I’m old enough to be from an age where being and making friends with people I disagree with politically is normal and being a Catholic and raised by people born in 1921 & 1924 the American principle that: If people are doing their jobs their politics don’t matter a damn, is sacrosanct to me even if it’s not to the folks at Google, Mozilla or Facebook.

So as far as I’m concerned as long as they continue to do their job I’ll be happy. If they continue to be impressive I’ll make sure my boss knows they deserve notice. Naturally I’d be delighted if some day during break I discover they have grasped the political reason why they’ve getting that chance to impress work and impress, but in the end it doesn’t matter.

After all it’s not part of the job description and this is America and people can think and believe what they like.