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How Long Should You Work a Physically Demanding Job Before You Quit?

 

This post is a Q&A and a follow-up to the "slave labor" post.

No one starts a physically demanding job feeling peachy after the first day, unless they've been doing the work for a long time and built up a tolerance. Warehouse jobs aren't the only physically demanding jobs, either. Automotive mechanics, construction people, lumberjacks, landscapers, and other individuals work just as hard. 

What's Your Experience With Laborious Jobs?

I can't speak on lumberjacking or construction. I have experience in warehouses and automotive centers, however. I worked in seafood factories (lol), bookbinding warehouses, coffee production facilities, and various other warehouses when I was very young. I had to get up early in the morning and take two buses to some of those jobs because I didn't have a car at the time. Additionally, I worked some furniture assembly jobs and did some mailroom work, too. I put some time in at a few logistics facilities when I got older. So I'm no stranger to hard work. 

Which Jobs Are the Hardest to Work?

I can tell you that being a "tire tech" is one of the most demanding automotive field jobs, and it's also one of the lowest-paying positions. I've worked on various areas of different vehicles, and I think the tire work was the most brutal and the least desirable. The engine work was pretty grueling, too, but I liked it. I had a higher level of energy and motivation because I enjoyed what I was doing and was focused on digging for my treasures (the cylinder heads). Warehouse work is harder, though. 

The difference between automotive work and warehouse work is in the labor consistency. You might have days as a tire tech where the workload is low. You might also get to take long breaks in between projects. That's quite different from busting your butt on an assembly line or loading/unloading a truck for hours on end. These jobs operate on set break times, and there's no stopping before then. They need to do that to meet their performance goals. 

How Long Should You Work a Hard Job Before You Quit?

Either way, you have to give one of these jobs time before you quit. That's assuming that you don't have a ton of other options available for the same pay. It takes at least two weeks for the body and brain to catch up to what you're doing. Just like with a new gym workout, you will be sore as crap after the first day. The pain might make you cry. It will definitely keep you in bed for at least an entire day. 

My first day as a tire tech kicked my butt. I also heard stories from grown burly men who had the same experience. Many grown men quit the automotive jobs and the warehouse jobs within the first few days. That's why some people say those jobs are more suitable for men. Men are physically stronger than we are. It's not a discriminatory comment. It's a biological fact. We can do the work, but we should go into the jobs with a realistic outlook. We're slightly disadvantaged, and it may take us longer to build strength and endurance. Additionally, we will need to ask a man for help at some point. 

It doesn't matter whether you're male, female, small, large, young, or old, though. The work will kick your behind when you first start if you're not used to it. Hydration, rest, and protein intake are crucial to your recovery. The muscles will strengthen over time, and you'll get used to going through the motions every day. How long that takes will depend on your body and your adherence to healthy nutritional and rest practices. Two weeks to 30 days is the recommended trial period for a new physically demanding job. 

Should I Just Do Something Else? Why Don't You Do Something Else?

Physically demanding jobs may or may not be for you, but you might want to give a new job a two-week trial before you give up on it. Thirty days would be ideal, but you should see a difference either way in about two weeks. You're not a lazy scumbag if you can't do it, as it's not for everyone. 

You can choose to do something else if you have a degree, or you're good at office tasks and computer work. Alternatively, you can apply for a supervisory position that doesn't involve hard labor if you fit the corporate mold. It will be hard to get a promotion if you don't, though. 

You can start your own business, too. You don't have to work laborious jobs, but they can be very rewarding. Personally, I like physical jobs because I get a kick out of the adrenalin. Our bodies can do amazing things when we get moving, haha. I'm highly educated with a college degree and numerous certifications. I have excellent clerical and computer skills and much experience in customer service as well. I'm a business-minded individual, too. So hard labor isn't something I necessarily have to do. It's something I choose to do whenever I do it.  

Warehouse Jobs Are not Actually "Slave Labor" Jobs

 

Warehouse work is not for everyone. Many young women and men quit after less than one week of warehouse work, and some of them only work for one DAY. So the unwillingness for a person to do warehouse work has nothing to do with one's age. I know senior citizens who have done the work for years. I know many middle-aged people as well. I did the work temporarily a while back for almost half a year, and I enjoyed it.

I was cracking up while watching a video from a 20-something-year-old healthy male who quit after his first day on the job. I don't even think he completed an entire shift. Many people don't. They're like, "Hell NAW!" before they even get done for the day, hahahahaha!  The videos are priceless. 

Why Do Warehouse Jobs Have Such a Bad Reputation?

Most of the time, it's because of people's initial expectations and beliefs. Maybe they believe the jobs are easy because they don't require a certain educational degree or conventional hiring process. Well, they're not easy at all, and they're not no-brainers, either. They require physical endurance and certain brain activity, too. They require speed and precision as well. Certain goals need to be met, and the errors need to be low at the same time. So people come in expecting something easy peasy, and then they find out that it's not something that everybody can do. 

What's All This I Hear About Slave Labor?

A few people made comments such as, "I  knew I was going to have to work, but da*n." Other people made worse comments that referenced slave labor. First, let me say this: The slaves didn't get paid. Read the history. They were forced to work and were beaten and tortured if they didn't. So an employer would have to fail to pay people and force them to work there to qualify as a "slave labor" institution. Many people use the terms "slave wages" and "slave labor" inappropriately. I've done it myself a few times, but technically, the job market is neither of those things. 

Certain employers might offer "sweatshop wages" that don't help single people to survive, but none of them offer "slave wages" because there's no such a thing as a slave wage. "Slave labor" is forced and unpaid hard manual labor. 

These jobs are at-will positions. Anyone may leave at any time. Some places even provide convenient self-service resignation options. So anyone can exit at his or her free will. Alternatively, some people might want to stick around to see if they can reap the benefits of such jobs and learn how to keep themselves healthy and strong for their positions. Some of these companies offer full benefits, rare benefits, high pay rates, and other goodies that other companies don't offer at all. I would challenge any prospective warehouse worker to compare these perks to what other jobs offer and then consider sticking around. 

You Can Give Yourself a Better Experience as a Warehouse Worker

A few hard workout sessions a week or two before the job's start date could prevent the initial shock to the body's muscular systems. Dietary changes, sleep schedule adjustments, proper hydration, and nutrient supplementation can take care of the rest. Just saying. Many people miss out on some excellent perks only because they're not necessarily in good shape when they start.  

Employment Opinion: Job Roles and Descriptions: Changing Job Duties

 


My thoughts on job descriptions and duties are as follows:

All jobs have detailed job descriptions that can be found in the job postings as well as the company intranet pages and other company resources. Workers don't generally enter a business relationship expecting that their job duties will vary too much from what's in the description. Why would they?

If an employer establishes from day one that a person's job description and duties may vary (within reason and relevancy) from time to time, that's one thing. I don't believe anyone would be upset about it if they were asked to work the drive-through instead of the front register at McDonald's, for example. They probably wouldn't get upset about having to wipe the tables down or clean the bathrooms from time to time, either, as it's all part of the upkeep of the establishment. Some people might still get upset, and some people might not. The bathroom thing might be getting into the gray area a wee bit, but it's still within reason.

It's quite another thing to hire someone as an equipment repair technician and then suddenly ask them to go in the kitchen and flip burgers after several years of service as an equipment repair technician. They may be an "employee of McDonald's," but they were hired to perform a specialized mechanical role that has nothing to do with building a Big Mac. That individual might just get upset, and they might just have every right to get upset. 

The problem is not about whether the individual knows how to flip burgers or has a 10-year history of doing so. The problem is more about the original job description and role, the relevancy of the tasks, whether that person feels comfortable making such a huge adjustment, and whether the employer's request is within reason. 

A lot of factors would be in play here. Did they ever explain the possible job variation to the employee? Do they have other people they hired as cooks that they could ask to perform that particular job? Are they being fair or unfair to that particular equipment technician versus other equipment technicians? Are there other intangible dynamics going on in the workplace? Is the request really something that's necessary for the business's needs? Et cetera. 

Then there's the law. The law tends to give employers a lot of leeway under the "at-will" classification, but in some cases, they do find such employers to be incorrect.

For me, it depends on the day-one communication. Personally, I'd have much more respect for an employer who told me from day one that they might one day ask me to do a drastic unofficial entire role change than I would for one who just threw it on me. At least, with day one notification, I could choose right away whether I want to move forward with the employer. Nobody likes to waste time.

Make sense?

It's just my honest opinion on the matter. I don't think I ever fully verbalized my actual thoughts on this topic.

The Integrity of a Salesperson


When you work a sales position, you should always remember that you're working with human beings and their livelihoods and lives. Sometimes, the "products and services" that you sell them can affect their lives so much that they can live or die based upon what you tell them. Is it ethical to lie and then deny someone an inexpensive solution just to try to sell them a more expensive one? Is it moral to let them walk out the door with no solution even though you know they need immediate help?

I'm mostly talking about people who sell things in the health and dental fields, but this could apply to the automotive industry, cell phone industry, and other industries, as well. Salespersons should never lose their integrity just to try to make a sale. They should never let someone walk out the door with a life-threatening illness that could be resolved by a $4 prescription or an automotive problem that could ultimately cause an accident and hurt them and other innocent drivers. You get the point.

It's great to make a sale in your industry if you get the opportunity. It's wonderful if you can convince someone to buy XYZ product or service, and that XYZ product or service somehow benefits them. However, a salesperson should not be heartless if the customer declines XYZ product due to financial limits, product knowledge, desire to take another action plan, etc. At the end of the day, the salesperson or sales manager should respect the customer's decision and give that person what he or she wants unless it's dangerous. Even when that's the case, the customer still has a right to choose that action plan. The salesperson cannot take away that person's right to choose because it's the customer's money.  He can instead make the person sign a disclaimer or waiver to relieve himself of the responsibility and still respect the client's wishes.

I'm specifically talking about a recent issue I had with one of those chain dentistry places, but as I said, it applies to all sales. The business wanted to sell me a costly solution when I just wanted a quick inexpensive solution that I knew wasn't permanent. I just wanted to be healthy and have a bit more time to save money for the more expensive (but most likely necessary) solution. I feel that the practitioner was wrong because he stripped me of my right to choose the other option. He could have charged me for the visit (I was there on a promotion), and I would have paid him for writing the (JUST AN antibiotic to kill the infection) prescription, but I never got that option at all. I left the facility ill instead, and dental infections are tricky because they can get into the bloodstream and literally cause death. To me, this was a case of unethical sales tactics.

A caring provider would not want someone to leave without getting help even if it didn't make the facility a whole lot of money that day. Sometimes, you can gain long-term customers and clients just by being honest and helpful to them when they need assistance.

Anyway, you get the point. Sales positions are tricky. Yes, you have to make sales, but you shouldn't ever lie or cheat people to do so. You do have to look out for the patient, customer, or client, but at the same time, you can't strip that person of his or her rights. A sales professional has to have a balance of compassion and empathy as well as the desire to earn money for himself/herself and the company. If the scale tips too much toward the dollar side, the saleperson can lose his or her soul. Just saying.