Friday, March 20, 2009

No More Sniveling

I am hearing from a lot of people who are expected to pick up the slack for a half-dozen laid-off colleagues and then be snivelingly grateful that they still have jobs. Getting a paycheck is a wonderful thing, but the lousy economy doesn't mean a return to feudalism.
Dear Prudence. Slate Magazine.
Given the general state of the economy, jobs are being shed all over the place, and even profitable companies are engaging in mass layoffs and wage cramdowns. As a result, people who remain employed are often expected by their employers and/or peers to be grateful simply to have work - effectively conceding that they, as individuals, bring no value to their companies and are easily replaced or done without. It's past time that we went back to an understanding of employment as a contractual arrangement that is expected to bring benefits to both parties - not charity to those of us too stupid, lazy or irresponsible to not be independently wealthy.

1 comment:

Archaeopteryx said...

Preach on, my brutha!