10 October 2013
Throughout our lives we are told that we need a type of career to define who we are and to make money to make our lives happy. In the book Shop Class as Soulcraft by Crawford, he describes many points about how people should act in these career paths that they have chosen. However, he mainly talks about the higher authorities we must deal with and the teamwork society faces to get to a career path of our choosing from my own personal experience while working retail I have seen what managers with boundaries and without can act like and how a company believes teamwork and team building is just a way to construct us into what they want.
In every type of job we must deal with people above us like managers. Many people do not know what to define their manager to be to them in their lives. For example, because I work in retail I know I want my manager to be defined in my life as my friend so I can get certain days off while other see their manager as someone who has authority. Crawford states on page 138 “one’s career depends entirely on these personal relationships.” To me this describes what I feel like a manager in the retail business feels with their workers. Seeing my manager’s that I have had they care so much about getting along with their workers and creating this personal relationship with them because they want them to like them, but once they get to know you they slowly realize they are becoming more of your friend than your manager. When Crawford writes on page 139 that when managers talk they “have to protect their bosses’ by using empty or abstract language to cover over problem” perfectly describes to me how many of my managers are. I guess they were never really my friend, but talked to me just enough so they could cover problems the company had. For example, I remember once when someone who had higher authority over my manager was fired we all were wondering why because the girl was...