Actually, I think I understand his posts. It might be that I have had several adult beverages that have somehow found their way into my system?
I think what he was trying to say is that maybe management is trying to pick our collective brains to use that against hourly in the future. As we discuss certain things here that might be of interest to them, and they would naturally be interested in the stratagy that we would propose on this site.
I would hope that they use the Brown Cafe as a learning tool to learn how to better communicate with the hourly's in their charge. A few months worth of posting here would be much better than "people school" that UPS loved to promote.
people school seems to be get your people to blindly believe in every method to the T (no stacking...ever...you don't need to, really!, stop stacking...lol) or be yelled at. Before anyone takes issue with that, I believe in the safety methods wholeheartedly, but if anyone honestly that the loading/sorting/unloading methods are infallible then we've got serious issues here. Excuse the pun, but the inability of this company to think outside the box is a severely impacting our employees job satisfaction.
Short example, in our center the package cars are so close together, you can't meet at the head of your work area (3 ft before the first truck) because you'll be behind someone else's cars now. Our boxline is also on fast now all the time. Makes it increasingly difficult to sort/pull as many packages (5-7 packages is the MAR now apparently, used to be 3-5) out of the cage as we used to each pass. We also have less colors now since it was repainted for PAS, so even without the speed increase, the cages move faster. I could go on, but you get my point. Basically we're set up to fail....but we don't, we make it everyday and what do we get? Go faster tomorrow.
The only answer I ever hear lately when an hourly asks a question is "if you followed the methods, you would have no problem." Fine message to be sending them when I know most of "them" don't have a chance of wrapping any of the heavy pickoffs without help. Basically saying "we don't care, you were trained and are doing just it wrong, not our problem." Some cases that is true, but in the majority it is not.
I guess the biggest problem I have is that someone miles away who has never worked in our building is telling us how fast we should go and when we should be done. Nevermind the fact that we have late loads nearly everyday (I'm looking at you hartford night sort) and late air for a while as well. Those loads severely limit two lines ability to wrap on time, but according them it doesn't make much of a difference...try loading on the line you might change your tune, I did it for 3 years, which is 3 more than "you" have.