Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

Working Daze

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  1. Brian Ransom

    Brian Ransom said, about 4 years ago

    It’s not true. Satisfaction is not gained by a pay increase nearly as much as improved working conditions. This has been proven many times. Less micromanaging would be a good start. Of course if your workers suck, then there’s really no hope anyway.

  2. StoicLion

    StoicLion said, about 4 years ago

    So, what’s with the photo outside the window?

  3. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    We’ve been having photos outside windows for years. It’s a regular feature of the strip. Heightens the artifice of the business environment or some such deep stuff.

  4. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Brian Ransom

    Dana’s the most poorly paid on the staff. Not surprising she’d think this way.

  5. olddog1

    olddog1 said, about 4 years ago

    @Brian Ransom

    It takes a certain minimal amount of money to appreciate satisfaction.

  6. Burnside217

    Burnside217 said, about 4 years ago

    A culture of respect and honor would go a long ways. I have enjoyed such work places, very, very nice.

  7. Dennis Wiles

    Dennis Wiles said, about 4 years ago

    I can relate to that for almost 11 years I was in the same pay rate other then gradual COLA, my work load got bigger as I learned more and more about office work, requisitions, inventory, and the general filling in when someone calls out I had been trained on every job in the department, I stayed cynical about the union we had because everytime I bought up I did more then the average worker I was always told if I were paid more then everyone else it would be unfair to the rest of them at the union meetings, when I went to working completely with the management as sort of a glorified assistant the union sort of turned its back on me anyway. Working conditions only improve when everyone has equal say and everyone has everyones interests at heart.

  8. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    I’ve worked at more than one place that started out nice, but became a nightmare as the owners got greedy and tried the “shortcut to success.” This meant taking on more business and clients, and increasing the workload for everyone at the bottom, but putting no money into updating systems and expanding facilities. Always the answer was to demand more and more overtime from employees. All night, all weekend. And overtime was enforced through ridicule. “You’re lucky you’ve got a job. What’s the matter, everyone else is able to come in. You’re too good?” At one job we had a manager who’d stand by the time clock at the end of the day, chortling “Dere goes anudder millionaire!” each time someone punched out. Of course, he was afraid he’d lose his job for not persuading us to stay. The final insult came at another company, at Christmas time. While the executives were rolling around in their generous bonuses, the people who had done all the hard work slamming ten times as much work through for months were given a box of candy canes. Not a box apiece. One box- for the entire department to share. THAT was our bonus. Yet still, the bosses thought that morale was something they could order up on demand.

  9. Jim Cos

    Jim Cos said, about 4 years ago

    “The beatings will continue until morale improves”

  10. johnzakour

    johnzakour GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    The thing is it’s often easier to give more money than to improve working conditions. :-0

  11. riverhawk

    riverhawk GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    That would be ok with me. Where I worked they touted respect for the individual…bull$h!t. They had a thing called exempt, where you were not paid for o/t. I worked my way into a non exempt position and took as much overtime as I could get to support my family.

  12. Katniss Everdeen

    Katniss Everdeen said, about 4 years ago

    @Brian Ransom

    speak for yourself…

  13. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    It’s called hush money. “Here, we gave you more money, now hush up and work. Understaffed? No problem. Just move faster.”

  14. burleigh2

    burleigh2 said, about 4 years ago

    “We’re having a scavenger hunt! Just make sure your other work doesn’t lag behind when enjoying this fun activity, though.” ;-)

  15. Bill Bright

    Bill Bright said, about 4 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    $25 Wal-Mart card for Christmas every year at this world wide company I have worked at for 12 years. Even have to work Christmas eve and get off at 7 o’clock Christmas morning(no extra $’s). It was a good place when it began here (13 years ago) Now half the workers for the same workload, plus worn out equipment, but greater expectations from us!

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