The Good Job
A Choosing Beggar; someone who is incredibly picky and difficult to deal with but insists on having something. They refuse to accept just any price though, they need whatever it is as cheap as humanly possible and delivered to them between specific hours because Riley, Miley and Dustin need to be at soccer practice at 5, but you won’t be compensated for driving it out to them. ‘Oh you’re offering to pick me up from work on your way home? Can we also pick up a friend and do all my grocery shopping, then since you were nice this time can I also borrow your car for the week? Wait. No? Well that’s selfish of you…’
I came across this phrase Choosing Beggars on Reddit, the sub for it has 1.1 million subscribers. What was brought to my attention was how many of the posters to this sub were freelance or self employed workers, selling their wares online. Most of them relying on clients to continue living or maybe it was their side hustle, either way this job is obviously something they love to do and perhaps have to do. Yet there’s a portion of people that just enjoy making it harder for them and they are more common than you think.
Some other examples of Choosing Beggars are: People wanting things very cheap or even free for shoutouts on Instagram or YouTube, someone who asks for a car to borrow but rejects when a kind person actually offers because they didn’t like the look of it. So many individuals expect charity for nothing, and they expect you to make it worth their time. A very Entitled Audience I suppose is a good way to explain it.
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This is a relevant topic because more and more people are opting to be self-employed or to start freelancing, yet the opinions surrounding that are not all positive. Leading those people to degrade their own work, selling them for way cheaper than all the effort and materials that went into it deserve just so a customer actually buys it. I also see this a lot in YouTubers or online influencers, a lot of the time they release content and feel like they have to succumb to the wills of their audiences. There’s also that Entitled idea again, viewers believe that because they are watching the ads or clicking the video that the content creator in question is obliged to listen to everything they say. There seems to be this almost creepy feeling of “we pay you so we own you” coursing through some of their brains, and the same feeling happens to specific customers of retail/fast food jobs, freelance jobs, and self-employed jobs.
This brings us to the main point of The Good Job, why are certain skills not seen as worthy of more cash? Why does not having a ‘Good Job’ in the eyes of society make you more liable to customer abuse? Does it make you less worthy of equal treatment and undeserving of respect? I suppose my main question is, why do they get so much customer abuse? I personally don’t understand the blatant disrespect these people get. So I want to find out because this topic is very important, as someone in a Digital Media Major I see many friends and acquaintances in unpaid internships, doing quick jobs for ‘experience and clout’ (Attention), joining the freelancing or self-employed life and I’ve realised just how common this is.
I feel like the idea of a Good Job is in part described by this quote, “A (partial) taxonomy of six aspects of a good job is presented: pay, hours of work, future prospects (promotion and job security), how hard or difficult the job is, job content (interest, prestige and independence), and interpersonal relationships.” (Clark, 2005)
I believe this quote also relates to our ideas of success, a full time job that has guaranteed good pay, and is seen world wide as something that requires a high level of skill. Those people will usually get treated better (Although in some circumstances they might not be), but for example a lot of artists are looked down on because “Anyone can draw”. I write that with sarcasm.
In the study on Customer Abuse to Service workers they detailed the idea of the “Crying Waitress” (Korczynski & Evans, 2013). This character was named this because after facing relentless verbal abuse of the customers who were labeled as this symbol of sovereignty in the workplace. They often would go into the staff areas and cry, so maybe the concept of ‘the customer is always right’ is also behind why some workers get so commonly mistreated. I hope to do more research on the topic and find out just why this is such a regularity.
Clark A. (2005) ‘What Makes a Good Job? Evidence from OECD Countries’. Job Quality and Employer Behaviour, pp.11-13, Available at: https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230378643_2 [Accessed 13 March 2019]
Korczynski, M. and Evans, C. (2013) ‘Customer abuse to service workers: an analysis of its social creation within the service economy’, Work, Employment and Society, 27(5), pp. 768–784. Available at: 10.1177/0950017012468501. [Accessed 13 March 2019]