Wednesday, October 07, 2009

A Green Acres Interlude

Suppose someone offered you one day of work, with this job description:

- Arrive at 8am, leave at 4:30pm, half an hour for lunch, two coffee breaks.
- Candidate will talk to 4-6 people to hear what is on their minds.
- Candidate will attend several meetings, 30-45 minutes each. Meeting topics will range from tedious to fascinating.
- Candidate will write a 1-2 page report summarizing each interview and meeting above.
- At 2pm, a large, unpleasant man unknown to you will be held, by staff, approximately two feet away from you. The man will scroff up a huge guggle of saliva and will spit it all over your face.

What sort of payment would you find acceptable for this day of work? Just throw out some numbers. Because I'm having trouble deciding what fair market value is. Sometimes it seems less like going to work and more like being on "Fear Factor".

4 Comments:

Blogger Rach said...

No matter the fair market value of such work, you should get danger pay.

10/7/09, 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fair market value is so subjective....take this job description: arrive 7:00AM, leave 5:00PM, one 20 minute lunch break after 2:00PM. Spend 6 hours devising and implementing behavior and academic plans and interventions for non-verbal children who routinely spit, bite, scratch, and shriek for no discernable reason. no guards available. document all interaction throughout the day. fill out incident reports as needed. attend 2 one hour meetings on subjects ranging from tedious to super-tedious. Go home with assorted bites, bruises, and broken skin to prepare for the next day.

I garauntee I get paid less then you.

10/7/09, 12:48 PM  
Blogger SEAMONKEY said...

There's no such thing as fair market value when it comes to how well or how badly a worker is treated.

However, if the employer for some unfathomable reason puts extra money up for grabs, one would think it should go into making your situation less dangerous rather than paying you off when you're hurt.

Of course if you got more money you might be able to afford full body-armor equipped with a facial sneeze plate...

10/7/09, 4:58 PM  
Blogger The MSILF said...

My mom, when doing daily work as a fill in principal at a school where the description is somewhat similar - like, usually ok, but sometimes some kid runs away and there's a whole search, or violence, or a kid needs to go to the emergency room. In California, I think she gets about $450-500.

10/9/09, 2:19 PM  

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