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Slave vs. Employee

December 8th, 2007 No comments

There are times when being the type of slave Master wants me to be and working where I work just don’t mesh well together. Sometimes I have to choose between following Master’s rules and following the company’s rules. And it isn’t always clear if following the company’s rules is under the umbrella of following Master’s rules.

I don’t know how much I’ve told you about my job. I cook at a lower-end assisted living facility. No big deal, right? It shouldn’t be. It usually is. There are a vast amount of responsibilities T never told me about when she offered me the job. I’ve since come to the conclusion that she really couldn’t comprehend the amount of responsibility that falls on the kitchen staff’s shoulders. I don’t think she does still after almost a year of being Food Service Manager.

As uncertified dietitians we are required to keep track of everyone’s diets, likes and dislikes, food allergies, weight loss/gain, food-related illnesses (e.g. diabetes), etc. When they’re in our dining room, they are to adhere to the rules of their diets and the rules of our kitchen. We’re charged with keeping the peace during meal times (an interesting feat in and of itself), making sure they’re eating right, just plain making sure they’re eating, and watching to make sure no one chokes or anything, among other things.

This puts me in control of twelve men eight hours a day five days a week.

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