In chapter 10 Samuel Florman’s, “Good Guys, Wise Guys, and Putting Up Buildings”, Florman discusses construction estimating and how to calculate cost based on productivity. Productivity is estimated by productivity i.e. how many bricks a worker lays down in a day. The contractors have to make decisions as to how much they should pay the workers fairly, while trying not to run out of money. This is why it is important to hire General Contractors that not only know what they’re doing, but will treat people fairly as well.
In Craig Newmark’s essay, Newmark explains how he used to believe people were generally malicious and opportunistic. After doing full-time customer service for Craigslist, he now believes that people are trustworthy and treat other people fairly. These are a few qualities that are very important when looking for a contractor. However, Newmark does have to deal with people that try to be sleezy and think that it’s okay to rip people off. Finding contractors that are going to pay the workers fairly may not always result in getting the most profit, but it is the right thing to do.
In my own experiences, I have had to do group projects in which my group members and I had to evaluated each other. I remember in some instances, some people would go above and beyond in their work, while others would hardly work. I made my best judgments and graded the ones that worked on the project the most with the best grades and the ones that hardly did anything with lower grades. In this case, I was the contractor and I had to make a judgement call on the quality of work and how much each person was worth. I think I made a fair assessment.