Work, being work, they tell us to work hard, study more, and urge us to acquire new skills to advance our career and help the company. They tell us that we all share the share's succcesses and failures, that we are a team, and if the company falls short, we all fall short. They encourage us to work smarter. There's an implication there that we've been working dumb, then. None of our leaders and managers explain how to work smarter. They give anecdotes about others who work smarter and had some success, and suggest we study these other people to see how we can work smarter as well.
The company also quietly continues permanently laying people off, saying they're not laying people off, it's part of a greater plan that's been going on for years, re-balancing personnel by shifting people, responsibilities, divisions and functions to other countries. Excuse me, then, for wondering, how hard should I work when you have a secret plan to move jobs elsewhere? You're urging me to work smarter so we can all succeed but you're moving jobs elsewhere so I don't have any clue how much longer I'll be part of the company's plan. I'll work for you or not. Why, then, should I work smarter if I might not be part of the company in another month?
That's why their plans are secret, executed quietly, without press releases, not commenting on them when asked. If employees and the government enablers realized the full scale of the company's plans to shift operations, they may not be so willing to work smarter.
I realize that I can work smarter, and have taken their advice to heart, working smarter to take care of my ass, because somebody needs to attend it, and it's not them. When they let people go, they tell us it's businss, and nothing personal, to which I answer, exactly.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com