Punch lists….being a whipping boy AND a fink.
I’m changing jobs next week and have been reminiscing about my work life this morning. One thought was how, over the years, I’ve often been given the job of dealing with deficiency lists.
You have to be thorough and often bear the brunt of the criticism about your employer. You have to be able to swallow your pride and keep your temper while having to fix everything, deal with unhappy customers while defending the reputation of your employer and fellow workmen; never blaming others or making excuses; focusing on the fact that it’s being made right.
Another part of it that isn’t fun is when you’re sent in to check jobs before the owner or general contractor inspects the work for themselves; it has to be documented and your work order is a report to the boss which contains a list of things that your coworkers have done wrong; you run the risk of being a labelled a tattletale.
There’s no glory or gratitude given for doing this kind of work yet most workmen can’t or won’t do it.