Boss Level Face-Slapping Specialist [Quick Transmigration] - Chapter 87
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When spring came, so came the time to farm. School will also start, so both adults and children were busy. As for the elderly, they helped the factory watch the gate and sweep the yard. Farming and factory work points were still separate, and it would definitely be very tiring to do two jobs, but those who persevere will receive two promising harvests. Xu Zifan also announced that when the farming season is over, employees will be considered for promotion based on their farming and factory work performance.
They don’t have regular workers yet in the factory. As of now, the regular workers’ pay is set at twice as much as ordinary workers. If one is elected as senior staff, their pay could be three or four times as much. The villagers grew excited when they heard of it, and all of them got up early and worked hard, trying their best to outperform the others, and not just to be the best. In this way, the farm work in their village was done very well, surpassing other villages in all aspects. Yang Yongqing was especially praised by Leader Liu when he went to the county for a meeting!
When they finished farming, Xu Zifan, Yang Wanyun, father-in-law and mother-in-law discussed the work records together, selected a group of people, and set their wages with reference to the national wage level. The monthly salary is 25 yuan for ordinary workers, 30 yuan for senior workers with apprentices, 35 yuan for workshop directors, accountants, and managers, 40 yuan for leading managers, 50 yuan for deputy managers, and 60 yuan for factory managers.
Other temporary workers who are not regulated are only paid 18 yuan per month. It was the same rate as the other factories, and people in the village didn’t really get any money each year except for grain. They get money every month now, and it is the same salary as the workers in the county who they have always envied. Although everyone was confused, they then felt ecstatic!
Although two-thirds of them were temporary workers, the workforce was already hard to work in, so now they were pleasantly surprised. Those who were elected to become full-time employees not only did not complain, but also had great motivation. After Xu Zifan announced the results, each and every one of them said that they would work hard to be qualified regular employees.
Xu Zifan’s move immediately caused a sensation within a hundred-mile radius. The next day when the news came out, Leader Liu sent someone to tell him to report to the commune. When he arrived, the captains of other production brigades were there, and all of them had some opinions.
Captain Feng, who had met with Xu Zifan several times, first said, “Deputy Director Xu, when the three factories in the county selected workers, they didn’t distinguish which brigade the workers were from, so why did the food factory choose all of your brigade, and not even one outside person? Isn’t that a little inappropriate?”
Another battalion captain said, “Deputy Director Xu, the quota for workers has always been precious. Everyone is desperate to become a worker, and there are many educated people in the county who have not become workers. It is really inappropriate that all of them were chosen because they are farmers on the team.”
Xu Zifan spoke before Leader Liu could speak, “When our factory started, it really had nothing. The first place where we started the factory was the most dilapidated courtyard in our brigade. At that time, there was nothing in the factory, such as salary, quota of workers and welfare. It was the villagers in our brigade who helped me build our factory together. At the time, I couldn’t even pay them a salary, so I could only compensate them with defective products. However, they never complained. My action now is returning kindness. Wouldn’t all you captains agree?”
The meeting room turned quiet, and the captains looked at each other, unable to speak. When he first proposed to set up factories, they all thought that Xu Zifan was dreaming, and they were waiting for him to bring down Yang Yongqing. Of course, no one helped and supported him, and even Leader Liu didn’t give support. How can they make irresponsible remarks at the moment?
Xu Zifan sighed and went on, “Everything else about me is easy to say, but I’m especially mindful of grace. The factory was started by my fellow villagers, and I will never forget this. They have been working in the factory for half a year since the start. They are the people who know the operations of the factory best, and are also the people who have mastered the skills and are all I consider trustworthy. What’s more, the factory is in our brigade, and it is convenient for the villagers of the brigade to commute to work. If the people are changed to people from other places, our factory operations will be delayed when it is windy or rainy.”
When Xu Zifan said this, he had an idea. He glanced at Leader Liu and sighed, “Leader Liu, I can’t help it. Other factories hire people without asking where they come from. That’s because they provide staff quarters, and the workers have accommodation in the factory, which is of course convenient for them. Our food factory, on the other hand, is still in its infancy, and it can barely keep running in terms of funds. We really can’t build dormitories for our employees, which means we can only recruit people from the nearby brigades. Leader Liu and captains, I promise, if we have staff quarters in the future, I will definitely want to have people from all walks of life to join our food factory. After all, only with more talents can our factory develop better and better, wouldn’t you say so?”
What can everyone say? Xu Zifan had said so, they can only agree. On top of that, they were clever enough to understand the implication of Xu Zifan’s words. For such a simple matter, as long as the commune provides funds to build dormitories, won’t the food factory recruit other employees? Leader Liu certainly understood it. He glared at Xu Zifan grumpily, and still put forward the matter of building a dormitory to discuss with everyone.
Every year, the state allocates funds to the commune and the commune allocates funds to the captains. When a portion of it is used to build the dormitory, other aspects would naturally receive less. However, after discussion, people still thought that the dormitory should be built. After all, it was a factory, and it was expanding rapidly. Who didn’t want to fight for a chance for their family? Having lived in that area for several generations, they had many relatives there. If even just a few of them developed well, the whole family would have risen up, wouldn’t it?
Leader Liu thought that the food factory had great potential and would probably surpass the other three factories to become the most famous factory in their commune in the future, so the resources must be tilted towards the food factory. Therefore, this meeting, which was supposed to criticize Xu Zifan, turned into a meeting to benefit Xu Zifan.
After leaving, Yang Yongqing smiled at Xu Zifan, “Good boy! We turned the situation to receive a lot of benefits today. How long have you been thinking about this? I haven’t heard you mention it.”
Xu Zifan smiled and said, “I didn’t think about it before, but when I spoke, I thought it might work, so I brought it up.”
Yang Yongqing stared at Xu Zifan’s usual smile and suddenly felt that this son-in-law was more cunning than an old fox. Fortunately, his son-in-law had no bad intentions, and was good with their family. Otherwise they could have been eaten with no bones left.
Back in the village, Yang Yongqing chose a wasteland not far from the food factory as the location for the food factory staff dormitory. Then, Xu Zifan decided to build a canteen, toilet, and bathing hall between the dormitory and the factory. Once construction is complete, and a high wall is erected to enclose it with the factory, it will look as big and imposing as any big factory.
Because of this, construction costs will naturally be a lot more than just building a dormitory. Despite that, Xu Zifan still made an overpriced budget statement and gave it to Leader Liu, who had already experienced his ability in negotiation several times. This time, he didn’t even have to bargain, as Leader Liu gave it to him according to his budget amount right away. However, he made it clear that no additional payment would be added after this transaction is complete. Xu Zifan smiled and said it was no problem.
He had taken into account a small amount of surplus, so even if there was anything left out of consideration now, it should be enough.
Right now, it was not New Year’s season, so the factory wasn’t so busy, and farming season was over. Xu Zifan asked all the men in the village who wanted to build houses to do so, and those who didn’t want to build them to continue working as temporary workers in the factory. There weren’t enough people to build a house, so they asked the village people to call their relatives and friends over to help.
These days, everyone is poor, living their own lives for fear that relatives will visit and ask for help they couldn’t give. Suddenly, the people of Dongfang Brigade were able to help relatives and friends, and the villagers were extremely happy. Before this, a small number of them had already thought about whether they could ask their brothers and sisters to come and work, but then, they all had a collective work-sharing system, so they couldn’t call people from other brigades. Now that they were able to earn their own wages and find work for their relatives or friends and good brothers, they were all very proud, able to stand straight and had a lot of confidence.
And the people who were approached and selected by them were grateful and more eager to be on their side. The young males in the village had become popular, and it became especially easy for them to find a partner. There were also girls who were willing to come and settle down here. During this period, there were many wedding events, and the population grew significantly.
Su Qing regretted her past actions upon seeing the lively scene in the village. If she hadn’t offended Xu Zifan and Yang Wanyun, she could have worked in the food factory now. With her skills, she could be a manager instead of a workshop director. How easy it would have been for her to get a salary of 35 yuan a month? This way, she can just go to the black market if she wants to, but she won’t have to go if she didn’t feel like it, and she would still have 35 yuan guaranteed anyway. However, she offended Xu Zifan to death, so this is no longer possible.
Fortunately, she bought a bicycle, so she didn’t have to walk back and forth everywhere. Also, she could earn about 100 yuan a month in the black market, which is more than the factory manager’s salary, so it was still a relief even if she was tired. She was now looking forward to Wu Zhigang taking her to the army base, and also to the early arrival of the reform and opening up, so she could do whatever she wanted freely. As for the food factory in the village, she guessed that it will close down in a few years, and workers would naturally be laid off, so there should be nothing for her to envy.
Upon completion, the staff dormitory was well built and divided into three types: a collective dormitory room for six people, a dormitory with a single small room, and a dormitory with one room and one hall for a family. Better dormitories with two rooms and one hall for managerial positions weren’t built for the time being, because their only leaders at this time are Xu Zifan and Yang Yongqing, and there was no need for those rooms for the time being.
All the workers in the factory became more serious because they had to hire other workers to build the dormitory, and no one wanted to be brushed off. Xu Zifan bought a very thick notebook to record the performance of everyone in the village. Everyone had something that they were good at, and it didn’t mean that they were not suitable for doing other things.
He transferred some people to raise pigs, chickens, ducks, or geese, go fishing, hunting and so on. They adapted quickly and did a good job. For the time being, this was to record their work points, but Xu Zifan’s plan was to pay like a factory in the future, so everyone would study their professional skills seriously, hoping to firmly grasp these tasks when they had a chance to get better jobs. Everything in the village was on track to form a miniature version of the county.
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