What are the Differences Between a Factory Hand and an Office Worker?



image Factory hands and office workers work in very different environments and do very different jobs. Factory hands usually work in a warehouse, while office workers work in an office environment. Most factory workers assemble or package goods, while most office workers deal with preparing and/or analyzing information.

Factory hands are also called assemblers or process workers. They put together parts to form a whole item or work on a specific sub-system of a whole item. Factory hands may work in a production line in a factory or in a section of a warehouse. Uniforms as well as safety gear such as gloves or protective eyewear may be required.

Unlike factory hands, office workers do not usually need uniforms or safety materials. Office workers are usually expected to wear clothing suitable for an office such as a dress shirt and slacks for men and a blouse and slacks or a skirt for women. Some offices are more casual than others and it is up to the office worker to dress in a way that fits in with the particular office culture.

Office workers often sit in a cubicle in front of a computer for most of the day, while factory workers usually stand or are physically active all day. However, a file clerk in an office may stand for most of the day, and some factory workers may sit. Office workers may enter information into a computer or gather information from a computer to complete written tasks, while factory hands often use computers only for inventory or assembly-related purposes.

In addition to manual assembly work, factory hands may also clean machinery, check for defects in products, pack and stack boxes and load and unload materials. Office workers do not usually do any type of cleaning or physical labor. Unlike factory hands, office workers are often more concerned with mental activities such as balancing an account, making a sale or writing a report.

Both office workers and factory hands may do repetitive tasks. Sometimes, both factory hands and office workers alternate their jobs with other workers to avoid doing exactly the same thing each day. Factory hands as well as office workers need to be team players that can follow instructions well.




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