Monday, June 28, 2010

Quality (Day) Labor vs. Salaried (You do get compensated.....but for what?)

Disclaimer: In no way am I trying to insult anyone or down-play their hustle if they work through a day labor facility....I'm merely using the establishments operation setup to prove a point through comparison.....we all have bills to pay....at least it's honest work.

Quality (Day) Labor vs. Salaried (You do get compensated....but for what?)

So I was passing a day labor company the other day and saw about 12 to 15 people standing outside waiting for the office to open....and I started thinking why didn't they go to a staffing agency? But there could have been many answers...then I thought....is the employer REALLY going to get quality labor (which was the name of this particular business)? Now I have actually gone to one of these places with my brother before....there was a company hiring a lot of clean up crew for a Lakers vs. Spurs game (most were going to work and see bits of the game whenever they could sneak away....including me..lol) and man! I feel for anyone who has to and can do this everyday....they get kudos from me....my body felt so worked....but anyways...

Back to that "quality" (DAY) labor....If you have a job that is in action 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (or even 24 hours a day but Monday through  Friday) and you ONLY put in work during your 7-3, 8-4, or 9 to 5 shift, then the rest of your time is yours to use but the work is piling up or being mishandled.  Do you seriously expect to paid for the other 16 hours of the day when you did no work?  Do you expect to acrue time off while you're not working? no.....with day labor you get paid for the time you are there....that's it....

With a salaried position, an 8-hour work day is a lovely dream....everybody expects to do 40 a week and that's it, but many times you may pull extra hours or find yourself on overnight schedules and such. The pay is higher though...you earn more than a day labor employee and there are other benefits that you are entitled to. 

In God's Kingdom, the job of saving souls is 24-7-365.....we can't expect to actively reach the world for 4 years while we're working in an outreach setting and reap the benefits over a lifetime while we go on about our business....that's working for quality day labor but getting the salary....We always have to be on the job, the work never ends, the demand is high for good quality employees...but the pay we receive is MUCH higher than the compensation we get through quality day labor. We may never be the employee of the month, but giving our best is all that's required once we're on God's payroll.  Our payroll is ongoing until we get our pay from God himself.  When we try to do quality day labor in God's fields, we get poor results.....When we do the work of the salaried (whenever it's needed), then we get to reap the harvest....

Make sure you pick your job type wisely.....