It was supposed to be another ordinary, uneventful morning in the control room. Michael’s job includes scanning across the 26 different monitor screens, ensuring everything remains normal and execute proper responses. Since the plant commissioning, he was the only control operator who continued to stay in this role without complaint. Many others came and requested for transfer, and others just quit. Common reasons cited were the long working hours, rotating shift schedules, boredom, and stress during abnormal operations. Two days ago, his best work buddy decided that enough was enough and resigned after repeated unsuccessful applications for role transfer. Michael wished that he could do the same; however, his son’s hefty university tuition fee meant that he still needs to stay employed at least for another year. Eighteen months ago, he was supposed to retire but was re-employed with a quarter reduced salary, job scope remained the same. Something must be wrong with that re employment scheme, yet no one questioned it.
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