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To: dfwgator
Technology is making the number of jobs needed less and less with each passing year, so

Who can blame a company for going tech? With all the goodies and regulations like Onomacare, it's better to use machines. A machine will work non stop, never demand extra days off, never demand longer vacations, never demand more money, and never demand better health care.
Machines will work and be happy. People won't.

I understand completely why robotics have become so popular. A business today would be crazy not to let machines do the work that people won't do without complaining.

Unless employees start to show some gratitude for the jobs they're given, I see robotics being in high demand. They're better - They're easier. They're smarter. They're cheaper. They're easier to get along with.

26 posted on 11/11/2012 8:38:28 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: concerned about politics

My previous employer, General Dynamics, outsourced their production inventory. The new company looks into the MRP, Material Resource Planning system and brings in the inventory for that day. They stock it. They also (mostly) buy it, inspect it and guarantee it. The idea was to eliminate buyers, inspectors, inventory clerks and save floor space. It has worked spectacularly well.

My present employer (I’m a contractor) uses mostly no benefits contractors regardless of how important the position is. Much of the inventory is dispensed from vending machines owned by Fastenal. These include virtually all of the consumables; welding rods, helmets, special overall suits, etc. Again, the purpose was to eliminate full time jobs. Now, you might say, “well, those fulltime jobs have simply moved.” No, they’ve mostly been eliminated by technology. The Fastenal stuff is ordered and drop shipped automatically. There are only a few really young kids who come and fill the machines. I spoke with one and he said he didn’t qualify for any benefits.

My employer doesn’t own the vending machines, which are in every area. They don’t pay for the dispensed product until the employee uses his ID card and “buy’s” an item.


32 posted on 11/11/2012 8:53:25 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: concerned about politics
let machines do the work that people won't do without complaining

Complaining is the least of the problems with the modern workforce. Lawsuits, absenteeism, sick leave, workers comp, unemployment insurance, recordkeeping, OSHA, slackerism, theft of service and goods, going postal, security, et al.

56 posted on 11/11/2012 10:12:03 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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