On the Clock

On the Clock

What Low-wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane

Book - 2019
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A college-educated young professional details the grueling realities of hourly labor for the fastest-growing segment of the American workforce while outlining strategies for more humane employment practices.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: 331.0973 G926o
Characteristics: xi, 335 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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loishuisman
Dec 07, 2019

This is what I call a must-read for anyone who really cares about the world and the people in it. It opens a window on what it's like for millions of people who are barely making it. I will never again use a call center without realizing that I am talking to a real human being who is struggling with a stressful, low-wage job. (I am ashamed of the times I was rude in that situation.)I will never again order a package from Amazon without thinking of the exhausted "picker" filling my order, watched closely by digital spying, earning about $10 an hour. I will never again get fast food without patience and consideration for the person behind the counter.
This book is not only life-changing, but it is "can't put it down" fascinating.

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majorkirk
Aug 04, 2019

Worth a read. Wish I knew how bad the Ruskin Amazon is and if it matches up to this story. Well done book truly enjoyed it and it makes you think about those who work for minimum wage or just a little better. Hard work for sure.
Truly, I do not want to work in a call center, McDonalds or at Amazon, after reading this.

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StarGladiator
Jul 24, 2019

While it's nice and pleasant to write books like this, it really doesn't explain what's going on - - a solutions-free, structural problem-free, type of writing so often practiced today in America; much like NPR's null-content reportage!
To understand what's really going on one should peruse Jonathan Tepper's book, The Myth of Capitalism.
[In Seattle, a local council member actually sent a letter to Amazon importuning its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, to be nicey-nice with his employees. Sadly, too many Americans have no inkling of those who rule, and those who occupy the realm of the super-rich - - there's a sound reason why Amazon employed the former thugs from that maharishi's Oregon crime camp as supervisors, and why he shipped unordered Amazon books and products to Europe just prior to going before Wall Street to raise more funds for Amazon many years back.]

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