“AQUILOGY, don’t get used to the general workers, they are your subordinates.”
That is what I was told by a well meaning person sometime this week.
Way back in the days, I told myself to treat everybody the same and not get blinded by man made labels like Educated, Black, Female, Cleaner, Manager, Rich, Poor etc. Regardless of one’s so called status, I treat everyone with respect by default. I am like that at work, when I got here, I greeted everyone, I spoke to anyone who wanted to have a conversation, regardless of whether they are a cleaner or a Civil Engineer. I spend most of my time supervising general workers and semi-skilled workers and as a results, I have gotten used to them. I have noticed something at work though, class is enforced, the colour of one’s hardhat is an indication of the type of work a person does, general workers wear a certain colour, people in higher positions wear a certain colour. General workers aren’t allowed to wear reflector vest etc. and as a results, people in management positions hardly ever speak to general workers, with the exception of female workers getting it on with their superiors for a promotion. I, on the other hand, spend most of the time speaking and joking with the general workers and because of this one of my colleagues pulled me over to “tip” me on how things work around here. Apparently spending time with my subordinates is not a good look for me, I should spend less time with them and more with the Engineers, Safety officers, Environmental officers, etc. I just might lose everyone’s respect, the workers included, just because I choose not to see workplace class. I find the whole thing ridiculous.