I know: times are tough. I get it, really, I do. It's the reason I lost my job.
Katie Couric told me a few weeks that the economy had shrunk so much that it represented $7,000 a person. That's a HUGE contraction and reduction of the economy - of cold, hard assets that used to exist.
And I understand that people are disappointed. Even if they're keeping their jobs, people aren't getting merit increases. Or they're getting paycuts. And who wants to make less money? I get it, really, I do.
But I've been seeing comments in blogs, posts by Gen Xers, Gen Y'ers and blogs I follow and read all the time. And after hearing some of these folks and reading their comments, I want to slap them. Hard. A big, Alexis-slaps-Krystle-bitchslap.
I'm trying to understand their point of view, and I don't mean to diminish their valid frustrations. But there needs to be a come-to-Jesus moment for the complainers.
YOU'RE DAMN LUCKY TO STILL HAVE A JOB.
YOU'RE DAMN LUCKY TO GET A PAYCHECK AND SUSTAINED MEDICAL BENEFITS.
IF YOUR EMPLOYER CAN'T MAKE CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR 401K, BE GLAD THEY CONTRIBUTED WHAT THEY DID. This was an optional benefit, not a guarantee.
MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS OF US WOULD GNAW OFF OUR RIGHT ARM IN ORDER TO BE WHERE YOU'RE AT.
Yes, you might have to take a week or two of unpaid vacation. You'd be surprised how many people I know who have complained about this. It's a week of freedom from work! Yay! See it as a blessing - go somewhere and experience a new city, or something that will enhance your life!!! Be glad that it's ONLY a few weeks, and that you have a cubicle in Cube Hell to come back to when it's done.
Your company may have had to cut their budget, and I'm sure some of those cuts seem ridiculous. You may think Catbert, the evil HR cat, went out of his way to take away your free coffee. But it's far more likely that those little things add up.
Companies are doing EVERYTHING they can to survive, and EVERYTHING they can to retain as many employees as they can, with the smallest impact to their workers. So, deal. And stop whining.
Not surprisingly, most of the complainers are in IT. That's one of the few fields where there's still any sign of life. During the gold rush, people in IT could pretty much snap their fingers, name their price, and ask for all of the red M&M's to be thrown out by the roadies, all while they rode their Segway to the park. Those days may not be completely gone, but they're not in bloom. It's winter in Whoville, kids.
People ARE still being hired for tech jobs and engineering, but IT employees in a struggling company are part of a bigger headcount. Don't doubt that companies will spread the pain across that headcount to minimize its impact.
I hope the projected recession recovery comes soon. And I hope you appreciate your job. Don't make me come slap you.....