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Sunday, October 17, 2004

"In a world where complete honesty is a dream and an ideal, only dreamers and idealists are being completely honest."

Last Sunday, Bro. Mark Bell raised a point during Grant's lesson about "Sincere and honest prayer". He pointed out that it may be hypocritical to be honest and sincere with the Lord and then go out and be dishonest and insincere with our fellow man. With that in mind, I determined to try raising the level of honesty in my life and dealings with the people I meet day-to-day.

Last Thursday I was loading some electric fireplaces with the clamp truck and noticed that the night crew had top loaded some of the units in a trailer for one of the Eastern DC's to cube out the space in the trailer. Now, loading this way is certainly a more efficient use of space, but it's not a terribly efficient use of time. I had been straight-loading these myself (ie: loading the shipment in an HBC trailer with exactly the same stack pattern as it was found in the shipping container), which can leave some empty space in the taller CP trailers; but takes a minimum amount of time per load/offload.

Len Lemieux, our new Dept. Supervisor, faulted me for not cubing out the trailer as the night crew had done to theirs.

I tried to justify myself by pointing out that there is a "do not tip" warning on the fireplace cartons, and that the night crew should not have loaded them laying on their sides like that. I argued that dire consequences could result from such methods. I suppose that Len didn't feel like arguing the point further, and let the matter drop; looking more than a little annoyed with me.

I went to break, and while eating I suddenly realised, "I don't believe a single word of what I just said back there..."

Which means...?

I was arguing with my BOSS for the sake of arguing!

Not a bright move.

So immediately after break I sought out Len and told him (he was talking to Tony B, our Facility Manager), "if I am ever that full of it again you just tell me so, I won't be offended". Then I apologised for trying to give him a hard time.

Felt good.

Fact is, I have been full of it for a while, and I needed (still need?) a serious reality check.

Saturday I did some overtime, and after finishing my first assignment that morning, Len asked me to switch to replenishment picking. Normally I would have jumped at the chance to get off the dock and back to my safe, boring, regular assignment as a machine operator; but not this time. I said something like "ok, I'll go if you want, but I kind of assumed that once this load was finished, I would be doing a second, and perhaps a third...". Len knew I was unhappy (have been unhappy) all week on the dock, and was throwing me a bone. My answer told him I was more than willing to suck it up and get the job he needed me to do completed - and I did complete it.

I managed, through a little serendipity, to very neatly (and quickly) dispose of a problem shipment that had been lurking in our staging area for the last couple of days. Criteria for these crossdock transfer loads states that the merchandise MUST be palletized and our departmental goals state that the trailers SHOULD be cubed out as much as possible. Unfortunately, the Ti-Hi limits on palletized product often mean that they get loaded with a less-than-optimal use of space. The problem with the shipment in question was that the boxes were very large and oddly shaped. When stacked for loading, the palletized product was too high to fit through the trailer door! No-one over the last two days wanted to touch this shipment, as the first solution to the problem was to re-stack the entire 300 carton order! I left the order palletized as it was, and merely doubled two pallets worth of merchandise onto one pallet, using the clamp truck. The shipment fit well and cubed well, and should be easy to re-assemble when it reaches its destination. I didn't quite complete that third load as I had a couple of problem shipments show up one right after the other, and I decided that it was probably better to pick it up on Monday. Know what? I don't mind so much being on the dock now...

Offloading and loading trailers is not the easiest work in the world, but I don't mind it that much. It still gives me the same feeling of "a good days work well done" that I get from picking in the Central Stock dept.

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