The unacceptable face of the downturn

Jun 17 2009 by Derek Torres Print This Article

From Southern California, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune tells us that job security is taking a hit. Pardon my coarse language, but it looks like a letter is missing in that last word. As bad as my vulgar reference was, it's nowhere near as bad as some of the quotes in this article. In fact, if you haven't called your boss to thank him today for having a job, you had better get on it.

At first, I was expecting to read another article on how, guess what, the economy is bad and people are feeling the pinch of losing their jobs or are afraid that they will lose them. Yeah, the article is a bit of both to be honest!

Unfortunately, it's much worse. It interviews a recruiter who refers to people who still have jobs as being either brown-nosers or depressed. How morose. Another slightly-less alpha-male confrere argues that the brown-nosers aren't really kissing up to keep their job, they're simply being smart. Right...

What really takes the cake for me is that the article insists that the fear of losing one's job is keeping the rank and file in order Ė they're working longer, harder, more efficiently (I'd swear this was a reprint out of the WSJ commentary pages).

Oh, and working like oxen, sweating from the 8th circle of Dante's Inferno is apparently not only good for the company (no kidding), but for the employee, too! That really made me spew my coffee.

I think the last comment speaks for itself, so I'll just allow you to marinate on that. Don't believe me? Read the article for yourself!