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Compassion In The Workplace In Nickel And Dimed By Barbara Ehrenreich

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Why might people in the workplace share a good common goodwill, generosity, and solidarity amongst each other? They most likely will share these things because they are all in the same boat. For example, as hard and difficult as work may be, it may be an escape for most of the workers. The feeling of care and support may come from other workers because at that moment, they are all together, and they are away from the hardships they might face. They all know how their co-workers feel, and to share a smile, it may help someones day.
The novel Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich shows the hard working, fast paced environment of the work place. Even the smallest jobs can take a toll on a person. Along with taking a toll, the novel also references the main point of workers showing compassion on the job. From the story, Barbra talks with one of her co-workers, and tries to help her out. “ ‘Her back has long since given out but she’s leaving now because she’s scheduled for knee surgery in a couple of weeks. I know this because I offer her a ride home that day when it appears that her usual one isn’t going to show up’ ” (Ehrenreich, 116). The hard work has taken a toll on this women, and despite Barbra’s arrogant behavior, she still shows a simple act of kindness of giving her a ride home.
Different occupations or jobs might be a little different in how they run things, but most likely revolve around the same rules. The vibe of the workplace might also depend on the head of the staff, and how they treat their workers. The staff seems to take up for each other on most things, but the corporation itself is a different story. From the article “Tips are not optional, they are how waiters get paid in America” shows how the workers may take a situation lightly, but the head may not like it. “ ‘ I can’t understand why I was fired over this. I was well liked and respected at my Applebee’s. My sales were high, my...

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