In our fast-paced and ever-changing lives, do we ever stop for a moment and introspect about the silent heroes who work tirelessly to keep us in comfort and convenience? Well, who are they in the first place? One will find them both at their homes and workplaces. They are probably in a corner, painting old walls, repairing a broken table or mopping floors of our cabins. They are always around but they never make their presence felt. In fact, the reason they are called handymen is that at times of need, it is they who come the handiest.
Are handymen second-class citizens?
The term assigned to people engaged in handyman jobs in Schofield, WI is ‘Blue Collar workers.’ In the hierarchy of colors of work, it lies at the lowest, implying work done of lower significance. But how can one person doing multiple tasks be treated to be of lesser value? While these are not jobs that require high professional expertise, they definitely require manpower and time. Be it the washroom or the bedroom, anything may stop being functional at any point and it is these handyman jobs that come to play at crucial times.
Formerly, to be a handyman was regarded as a lower-status profession than that of a locksmith, electrician, plumber or carpenter. With the rise of huge national chains, attempts have been made to reverse that view by highlighting the competence of the profession and the fact that a handyman is a specialist with a wide variety of skills and knowledge. While many of us stay busy with our work, it is these handymen who quietly make sure that everything in our spaces runs smooth.
Legal and moral measures:
Legislations to formalize their trade are not yet in place in many countries. The handyman jobs are still largely regarded as informal sector jobs. Hence, there are many discrepancies in their appointment, payment and continuity of work. We must, with a clear conscience, cometogether to legalize the profession to save handymen from exploitation and guarantee them a fixed wage and right to livelihood.