Field Procedure - Two or More People

Perhaps the most important part of any field procedure involving two or more people is cooperation and a willingness to form a chain of command.  When one or more individuals in a group is unwilling to take orders, group synergy breaks down and chaos results.  From many failed attempts to find people who were willing to work with me, few if any were willing to take orders. That is because the situation did not provide monetary compensation.  It was not regarded as a job, where the boss had control, and an employee could get fired (cessation of pay).

Training is absolutely necessary.  Knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it is essential in any situation where division of labor is required.  Some people with whom I tried to work were willing to be trained.  Most were not.  They were more interested in socializing and being entertained.  They did not regard skywatching as work, let alone a job.

In lieu of money, there has to be some other form of compensation or product that all those involved desire or want.  Sometimes the compensation is participation; sometimes it is the information gained (if shared and not coveted by the organizers of the group); sometimes it is both information and participation.  If the people making up a team cannot agree on how information collected will be shared, there will be discord and possible misconception (false assumptions), which can lead to disinterest and poor performance, and eventually to project failure.

People work for the following reasons or goals (in this order):

  • Recognition    (immediate gratification)

  • Appreciation    (earned gratification)

  • Praise                 (qualified recognition)

  • Compensation    (anticipated gratification)

  • Money                 (delayed gratification)

For any group assembled, it is important that a letter of agreement be signed by all parties, and copies be given to all participants.  That agreement must spell out what each participant gets in return for his/her work and effort, as well as the time frame involved, such as when any conditions in the contract expire (i.e. limitations of contract).  A contract cannot be limitless in time, even for proprietary information.  That is the law.

If funding or a budget is available, individual job descriptions can be planned and designed, and an effort can be made to fill them with qualified people.  Money makes for professionalism, and takes the exercise out of the amateur category.  People tend to take their work more seriously when they get paid for it.  How much they get paid also figures into their performance.  With limited budgets, compensation may include the use of information collected as well as monetary compensation.

Types of Jobs

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