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    Then & Now

    What was it like for you when you started work, how are todays standards different?

    I was thinking it would be fun to here, how much change you have seen, and how different the attitudes of today are compared to when we all started work

    eg: When I started work, many years ago, you turned up before time, got yourself ready on you own time, and when the buzzer/bell rang, you were at your work station, dressed in uniform and safety gear, and started....you didnt show up any old time and then get changed, casually amble off to where you should be, and stand around chatting about last night.




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    started all together?

    my first and second casual job - I rocked up when I was told to, stayed back until everything was finished to the bosses standard,treat customers as best I can (no matter how dim they are), did whatever I was told as soon as I was told and always wore the uniform - never sat on benches or had any food or drink in front of customers. NO phones allowed! 5 minutes away from home meant they called me whenever they needed extra hands at the store

    now, 5 years into full time - I turn up early, do what I'm told, tell others what needs doing, do what needs to be done, wear casual clothes (no meetings at our office), treat customers as best I can (no matter how dim they are), leave a little early to get home at a decent time, don't have lunch as its so damn expensive - 70 mins at least away from home
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    Back when I was a first year apprentice it was 15min before start time to warm up the machines.
    Maximum of 2 toilet stops per day.
    No smoking during work time (not for heath reasons)
    No mobile phones at work ( mainly because no one really had one back then)
    Time sheets to be done after you finish in your own time.
    Make a mistake on a job and make up the time after work.
    Cop verbal abuse all day and come back for more.
    Expect to get greased sooner or later as a first year.
    Work through until a job is done ( did a few 30 hour shifts on high speed machinery)
    All this for $116 a week.

    Ran into my old boss the other day......still a c&nt of a man...

    These days...
    I spend alot of time in the office by myself.
    Dress in shorts/t-shirt at the moment(I have lockers with hi vis gear and suit for meetings when needed)
    Start when I want and finish when I want.
    Still cop verbal abuse every now and then but from customers now.
    Still work until the job is done.
    But don't work anywhere near as hard anymore.
    Best bit is I get all my fuel paid for.....yah!!!!
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    I got driven to work
    I got picked up from work
    I was told what to do and did whatever I wanted out of the list lol
    I smoked
    I didn't talk on the fone


    Now

    I still get driven to work coz I got no ****in licence and still get picked up
    I tell them what to do
    Hardly smoke
    I talk on the fone soon as the boys are setup and I can leave them alone

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    Started as a driveway attendant serving petrol.
    Started work on time, say hello to all customers, and not just grunt at them.
    Petrol cost 27.1 cpl. you checked peoples oil, water & tires. No talking on the mobile phone as there was none, well only the rich business people had a brick in the car.

    Then started my apprenticeship. Got paid $94 a week and expected to have the hose put through the dunny window when you where in there (the vehicle wash bay was beside the dunny) and not complain as you would do it to someone else. Have fun and enjoyed work.
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    Started at Grace Bros age 16, 5 - 8pm on thursday nights Worked in he kitchen dept, spent most of my time hiding in the store room or delivering parcels to the parcel pick up. Talk about high stress, every thursday I had to worry about being caught hiding. I think I got paid approx $25 for the 4 hours.

    Last job, 6 years ago before disabillity. Auto accessory installations (my trade) in a dank little shed attatched to the parking area seven days a week from 8am till whenever the last instal for the day was done, usually 7pm, sometimes as late as 9pm. Did that for 6 years before mental breakdown. Average wage was $1,300 a week but it varied a lot.
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    I haven't been in the workforce for very long. I spent a year after school working for my dad but don't really count that as a job.
    First proper job was in a paint companies storehouse, picking and packing orders. I turned up early, started right on time, packed whatever I was told, had lunch at the allocated time for only the legal time, always asked if I was needed to stay longer before going home. If they needed me I stayed, if not I went. Lost that job after a few months cos I didn't have a forklift licence and they had to replace me with a guy that did.
    My next proper job (after a few years fluffing around with study and my own pursuits) was in a kitchen, where I turned up early, started on time and worked my ar$e off while getting yelled at by service staff (waiters) and managers (who were always right even if they were wrong), for not doing a good enough job or not being fast enough or some other problem they could find, despite the fact that they couldn't do any better. I was working night shifts and always closing shifts, so start sometime around 5 and usually not getting out til after 1am, then still having to get home (at least half an hour away) and wind down. I had to work public holidays and weekends and even christmas eve and day.
    I started my current job and worked both for a while, but getting to bed at 2-3 am and then getting up at 5-5.30 was beginning to take its toll. The final straw for me was when my ford escort got written off on the way to that craphole of a job, and all the managers had been changed for a bunch of *****s so I quit and stuck with the job I have now.
    Now I start at 7am and work til 3pm unless we have a lot of orders, then I stay back and do overtime to get on top of things. I am left to do the orders however I please and in whatever order is convenient for me. We get all public holidays off, I don't work weekends (unless we are really really super busy) get 3 weeks off over Christmas and we even have a work function on Melbourne cup day I work 15 mins at the most from home, turn up on time get to work after saying hello to everyone, and do what needs to be done to fulfill the orders we have. I get along with everyone and rarely have any hassles except for the rare customer problem, i generally don't have to deal with customers anyway we have an office girl who takes all the orders
    All in all I'm pretty happy with my job. I might not have the greatest pay packet (pretty woeful actually) but I enjoy the lifestyle, I get to go home and spend time with my family and have plenty of time for my hobbies
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    Quote Originally Posted by AssociatedRC8 View Post
    .............. All this for $116 a week.
    Boy, you had it good, 1st year apprentice, I took home $83 per week
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    Does anyone have a long weight? Or some stripped paint? Maybe some sky hooks!

    Does that still happen?
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    Bloody oath it does.....go to burnings and ask for grinding sparks and I bet you will get directed to the tool shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy View Post
    Boy, you had it good, 1st year apprentice, I took home $83 per week
    Talk it up Mark...I was on $48 a week, what a win fall that was : )




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    Quote Originally Posted by PC WIZ View Post
    Does anyone have a long weight? Or some stripped paint? Maybe some sky hooks!

    Does that still happen?
    What about the box of sparks or compressed air.
    Or the universal re-populating tool
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    Quote Originally Posted by PC WIZ View Post
    Does anyone have a long weight? Or some stripped paint? Maybe some sky hooks!

    Does that still happen?
    Hell Yeah...my favorite is...

    Unsuspecting apprentices using a tool they are not used to....you pick it up and look it over sternly, after a good inspection, ahh I see the problem, it needs the weeeee taken out of it....
    Then proceed to throw the thing as far as possible while calling out weeeeeeeee....

    They are usually shocked but get a laugh

    I was sent for a Left handed screwdriver, and a long weight, the guys at Repco just laughed, pulled me aside and told me they were out of LH screw drivers, and that I should let my boss know that long weights were on back order, would 2 small ones do?




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    What about the metric shifter?
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    The ratcheting shifter....back then....but now it actually exists LOL

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    or the black and white stripped paint




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    Another good one when working with your apprentice and your either panel beating or plumbing heat up a tool when he goes to the toilet and ask for it when he comes back.....best to do in the sun as you can blame the sun hehe

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    I used to have a thin rubber mat on top of my tool box, mainly to keep tools from sliding about, before lunch I would charge a capacitor and carefully using a rubber glove, sit it on top of the tool box to catch the lunch time lenders (people that like to borrow your tools without asking), they would grab the charged cap with their naked little paws and of course...cop a big assed boot from it....worked a little bit like a burglar alarm....when you heard the loud crack and the screaming of the words..."what the F**K was that!" you would just come a wandering back to the workshop to catch them sheepishly trying to slink away....lol

    I doubt anyone would be allowed to do it these days, but back then, you only had to do it once or twice...after that, you just drop the cap on the box and walk, most people werent game to grab it for fear it was charged, and there was never anything insulated left out to assist in its removal




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    Quote Originally Posted by truckzilla355 View Post
    What about the box of sparks or compressed air.
    Or the universal re-populating tool
    You realize compressed air is real, right?

    I went to a local hardware place a few months ago asking for some and they thought I was being had... Some people have no idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RatsacK View Post
    You realize compressed air is real, right?

    I went to a local hardware place a few months ago asking for some and they thought I was being had... Some people have no idea...
    You can buy/rent canisters of it for airbrushing and things like that, can't you?
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