Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The pride of labor

"An honest day's work for an honest day's wage." Anyone ever heard of that? What happened to hard work and loyalty? No, this isn't just about lazy employees, it's also about the lazy execs who don't know what it's like to be down in the trenches with the rest of us. Too much emphasis is placed on getting rich quick, flipping some stock options and then saying "screw you, I got mine."

Whether it's management cooking the books like they did in my time at Sprint, those who scam members of their own community like they do up in Boro Park, or those who turn to a life of selling drugs instead of honest work, there is no work ethic anymore. It's just become about who can manipulate the situation better than the next, then retreat to their newly bought island paradise.

If your employer treats you well, you should go above and beyond to repay that kindness. They should do the same for you. After all, you end up spending almost as much time with each other as you do your spouse or significant other and you probably rely on each other almost as much.

I believe in loyalty but not out of blind stupidity. I believe in giving an employer or employee every benefit of a doubt and every bit of loyalty until it is not given in return. Workplace safety violations, corruption, discrimination and such should at least be given the chance to be rectified by management before being kicked over to OSHA and such. However, in my past experiences, those kind of issues are usually ignored until they are forced to by some type of regulatory agencies.

I should mention that I have had the fortune of working for a couple of small businesses who treated their employees quite well. In fact, knowing then what I know now, I'd have never left.

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