But not if you are a boss who subscribes to this newsletter. Then, you get a papal dispensation.
It really says a lot about Capitalists that despite ample data that shorter work weeks are actually more productive (in the Capitalist sense of they make more money), Capitalists still want people in workplaces 40+ hours a week to prove something.
Almost like Capitalism is a shitty exploitative system or something!
I’d give this a thousand likes if I could. I’m currently job hunting (at 55 which is whole other kind of hell) and was “no. 2” in their matrix rankings because I wasn’t excited by the prospect of an imminent shift from 3 days in the office to 5.
Well I WAS a boss (exec, even) until Monday, when our CEO went nuts and fired first my boss, then me. I built an 18-person, HAPPY, PROFITABLE team, over the course of three years and someone's ego got bruised because things were going... well? Now my formerly happy team is texting me that they're experiencing constant anxiety and have no idea what's going on. So yeah, bosses? Dinguses. Anyway thanks for the dispensation.
Living through a few downsizes that are ENTIRELY due to poor management and insane profit targets set “by the street” has made me so indifferent. I need a job to live and I like to maintain one that pays enough to do some fun things but beyond that you can keep your 60 hour work weeks and unending grind in pursuit of a promotion that will only be worse than the current gig. I like being a cog in the wheel 😂
I’m a boss, which I have done off and on for a long time. In tech, no less. Our company recently had layoffs (5%—all the CEOs are doing it!) but for a variety of reasons, our group (product management) was cut by almost 30%. It’s now so chaotic it’s dazzling! I am doing what I can to protect the folks who work on the teams I manage, helping them frame their experiences as stories they can use in the future, and making sure that they have the information that they need to navigate this and whatever is next. We just did reviews and I shared exactly where each person was in their job’s comp ratio, so if they decide to look for another job, they know how to negotiate. It’s all ridiculous. I dream of getting a job helping my county run elections.
I don't even like when the guy at the coffee shop, in an effort to be "cool" with me, calls me, "Boss." It's a fucking affront.
If I could attach my nonsense performance evaluation form to this comment, I would. I immediately sent this post to all my worker friends...but not my bosses.
I remember moving to the Midwest and all of the adjustments I had to make. At the time there were no donut shops in town. I had to get them at THE GAS STATION. Which was also the place you people buy pizza???? And the big sit-down Tex-Mex chain is called CARLOS O'KELLY'S??? Eventually I got used to it and we now have real donut stores and now Casey's has a pizza with three kinds of pepperoni on it.
Anyway, shout out to good bosses, who don't need the control or approval or any of the other power fantasy elements of bossdom. They just take the heat, make the presentations, communicate between levels, and let people do their jobs.
When you talk about killing people for a chicky nuggy I also think about all the cars we can take off the road, all the traffic and gasoline and other planet-destroying crap we can simply choose to remove for some jobs, and let people work at home and have more housing and perhaps less urban sprawl, by just letting folk who can work at home do that. But these Leaders of Business wasted a lot of money on real estate, and goddammit, you're gonna use it!
Lyz, you quoted that rando Ankeny mom as suing for $87,000. You're missing some zeroes--she sued for 87 MILLION dollars. Because she's insane.
"A 90-year-old turtle named Mr. Pickles became a father."
They should rename him "Tony Randall" now.
I initially read that as PayPal dispensation. The internet has broken my brain.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this. I actually do want to work. I want to contribute to something and engage in meaningful work. I work in nonprofit, so I guess I’m sort of doing that and I don’t have to worry about being overcompensated. But I’d also like respect and a decent work life balance and a say in decisions and not to run around in fear of being fired. And yes to work from home if there’s no reason not to.
Essentially what it comes down to though is if you don’t work you don’t eat or have a place to sleep. And they hold your health and that of your children hostage. Therefore, none of us know if we’d like to work or not. We’re forced to at threat of starvation. Reference the meme of being the only animal dumb enough to pay to live on this planet. We’ve got no choice. Capitalism is the root of all evil.
Against my better judgment I just checked what kind of business CEO Steven Rattner is in at "Willet Advisors" (what kind of advice does this gasbag sell?) and discovered that he manages philanthropic assets. The needle on my irony-meter is now broken...
Hoo boy. Excellent choice of dingii this week. I work in academia, and so many administrators are trying to run colleges like businesses, and they just aren't going to be efficient or profitable. The profit is in the creation of knowledge. At my husband's school, they just fired the library faculty - all but one manager - as well as a few other faculty, cutting programs in the process. There is no evidence they tried to look at the administration and cut the bloat there. My school has been helmed by a business guy for the last 10 years, and his nephew, a student there, is a Turning Point USA member. Talk about some dinguses.
We stan Carlos O’Kellys. My SIL, Lisa, has worked for them forever. I wonder if you know her?
Lyz nails it once again:
"Maybe dying for work wasn’t what we wanted to do."
"I don’t want to spend my one wild and precious life whiling away in the cubicle mines.”
Also +5 for alliteration and a big shout out to Tabitha and Glennon!
Two things, first Bravo to you for bringing up the bosses. American workers work more hours take less time off than other countries do. Secondly, here's to the Iowa women's basketball team. They exemplify amateur sports and are role models to everyone.