It’s during the run-up to Y2k, and this IT pilot fish is responsible for the shop floor data collection systems at a manufacturing company.
“One of those was the time clock system,” says fish. “When it came time to replace the non-Y2k system with a more modern one, I had to write the system specifications for the proposal requests.
“The company and the labor union had recently negotiated a new schedule: There would be two shifts, each working a 4-by-9-plus-4 schedule. That meant shop-floor employees worked four nine-hour days from Monday through Thursday, then enjoyed a four-hour Friday, with the first shift from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and second shift from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.