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Labor Principles

Replacing the Loading Dock

Amy fires the warehouse manager because of a conflict that arises between them. While she doesn’t actually have the authority to fire him, the rest of the warehouse workers quit in solidarity with their manager. Amy asks some of the other employees to help unload the truck since there are no more warehouse employees. There is a manual, but these particular employees are not skilled enough to follow it. Since they have not been trained in unloading the trucks, some of the packages end up broken and some of the employees are injured.

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Principles

Where is the Thumb?

In an effort to achieve the perfect day with no mistakes, Amy assigns employees to store areas where they are most competent. After realizing the normal deli workers aren’t at the store today, Amy and Marcus start working in the deli. Amy asks Marcus to work the meat slicer, assuming that’s his comparative advantage. It turns out he’s not very good at that.

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Dina Doesn’t Know Makeup

Dina has stepped down as the assistant manager and is spending the day at the makeup counter with Cheyenne. When Cheyenne tries to make a joke about being the boss, Dina reverts to her naturally authoritative tendency. Given Dina’s background, her comparative advantage is in authoritative roles and we come to see that see is ill-suited to work in cosmetics. She will eventually return to her management role.