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Questions regarding job rotation

Posted by: David ( USA ) on December 11, 1999 at 21:25:51:

In Reply to: Socialist Incentive posted by Barry Stoller on December 10, 1999 at 20:44:11:

Okay, I going to concentrate on specific dilemnas associated with job rotation. At least as I see it.
My first point is that certain skills require constant upkeep in order to maintain a high degree of competency. Doctors cannot go for long periods of time of inactivity and not have their skill suffer. Similarly, a musician needs to constantly practice and play their instruments in order to excel at them. This is not only a matter of skill, either. As a musician who plays 3 brass instruments (Tuba (classical), trombone (jazz), Euphonium (Classical)) if I go for two days without playing for at least one hour, the muscles in my lips atrophy and my embouchure weakens. This is even worse on the oboe, where a week of not playing can pretty much negate any competency you might have had. Now, I am considering going into music for a living, if there was job rotation, I would be forced to divide my time between what I love doing best (playing music) with other things that I might not like so much (ditch digging comes to mind). With job rotation, I would not be able to maintain my proficiency player and it would be a case of two steps forward, one step backward (note: I am not reffering to Lenin).
This seems to me a great drawback of job rotation. I know you would attack an idea to have musicians/artists/physicians as above job rotation because that would be partial-equality.

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