Sunday, July 04, 2004

Cut off my nose to spite your face?

A report by the Boston Consulting Group indicates that the only way for U.S. companies to survive is to move their operations offshore to "LCCs", or "low cost countries". If I left it at that, it would be enough of a forehead-slapper for me. Every time corporate America invents a new acronym, it's to disguise something that they don't want you or me to notice. But anyway, I digress...

According to the Washington Post, the report goes on to say that there's "a view among U.S. executives that the quality of American workers is deteriorating." Hmm. I see. Since we Americans are a bunch of lazy incompetents, it would be in everyone's best interest if you laid us all off and gave our jobs to more able workers in China and India. Good thinking, corporate execs! Cut the legs out from under the largest consumers of American products so that you can lower your costs and sell more stuff to...whom??

How about this idea? Let's start by trimming the ranks of upper management. After all, if I save the jobs of 100 staff workers at $50K/year by laying off one VP at $5M/year, wouldn't I be making less of an impact on the U.S. economy? We would continue to sell tons of consumer goods to the worker bees and Cartier's will sell one less piece of fine jewelry to Mr. ex-VP. It all works out.

Maybe if management did a better job of training, motivating and mobilizing U.S. workers, instead of hiding in conference rooms trying to save their own jobs, the American workforce wouldn't be in the sad state it's in. Sure, I admit we're not as productive as we could be. But that doesn't mean we can't do better. It just means that we know we're being taken advantage of, and we don't like it.

The nose is in your court.


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