Tuesday, August 30, 2005

In The Company Of

At first I was amazed at how many people younger than me still have that romanticized notion that the company they’re working for: [1] will love them back the way they love the company; [2] will give them a secure future. What naiveté. A commercial company exists to profit; without profit, its existence is in peril. A company will value an employee so long as that employee is of use to it. And the company rewards its employees’ time, effort and devotion with his salary.

So I find it frustrating that some people think that just because they poured their hearts out into their work, the company owes them fair treatment for their devotion. Hello. Fair treatment means they got paid and got the benefits as befitting their job description. Beyond that, the company doesn’t owe them sh*t.

Gone are the days of our parents when their life plan consists of finding a stable company, devoting their whole lives to it, and growing old and retiring. Gone are the days when a successful career means staying in one company for life. With changes occurring at breakneck speed these days, gone are the old ways of looking at what a career should be.

But I really shouldn’t be too harsh on the young ones. They’re young and inexperienced; some are still trying to figure out what they’re really capable of doing. Being forced out of a comfort zone is unnerving and scary.

At the end of the day, it’s a choice between charting one’s career path within a company set-up and forging one’s own path outside of the confines of a company. It’s an exciting, scary world out there. How one adapts to it will determine one’s true grit.


Blogger fried-neurons said...

You are so right. People need to recognize the fact that most companies won't hesitate to get rid of them if it's deemed to be good for the business. The other side of that coin is that people should do their jobs but they should NOT, by any means, feel that they have to be loyal to their company to the point of putting their personal interests last. It's a dog-eat-dog world these days.

4:45 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Well said, very well said. Putting their personal interests last is, I believe, the height of naivite.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, yup---multiply that tenfold here in the U.S.! A$$h0les on both sides of the employment table (and no niceties required unless it's part of the regulations), and the best you can ever hope for is fair treatment and compensation, which are not necessarily to your advantage either! I remember an assistant of mine---a 21 year old single mom trying to rise up from the cycle of foodstamps and welfare. They took away her babysitter coupons because "she made too much salary", which led to her losing her job with us because she couldn't afford a baby sitter without the coupons. Haaaay naku.


11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fook all those civilized crooks!

ive just been a victim lately. i just got promoted but the package that goes with it sucks!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Leigh said...

You can die for your company, but your company will never die for you.

8:23 PM  

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