There’s a new building going up on the Mansfield University Campus. I’ve been watching it go up all summer: the ground-breaking, and then the backhoes, and now the framing. Lots of guys in hard hats, pouring cement, setting rebar, working hard.
Building something of this magnitude takes a lot of planning and cooperative effort on the part of the crew.
Yesterday I was walking past the site, and one guy (The Boss) was looking through a transit, shouting to a guy (The Worker) on the other end of the building to put the board, “Over to the left!”
Here’s how it went:
The Boss (shouting at the top of his lungs): “Over to the left! The left, you idiot. Don’t you know your left??
Worker: That IS my left!
The Boss: You’re an idiot! No! Over one more! One more, I said! No! ONE MORE! You’re an idiot! Jesus Christ! Over! Over! Right there! NO! Not THERE, you idiot!
I was walking the dog past all this shouting and insulting and I could take it no longer, so I started to yell:
Me: Hey! You up there! That’s right, you. With the mouth! Keep a civil tone, why don’t you! You’re polluting my audio environment! Play nice, boys!
At this point the idiot, (I mean the “Worker,”) began to howl laughing.
All my ideas of how workers need to cooperate in order to build a complex building went out the window. What apparently happens on this work site is that there is an overbearing foreman with no people skills who neither respects nor knows how to talk to his crew.
I fear for this building.