Comments on: These days, we’re all disgruntled workers http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: JeanMarcS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-65499 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:19:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-65499 Great Article,it really gives us all a lot to consider. Having left my last job, in fact, all my past jobs, over dissatisfaction, I figure now the time to just lose the traditional gig and go into business for myself. I’m also a freelance writer, and this piece was encouraging.

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By: ARJTurgot2 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42560 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:55:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42560 “As Smith’s actions show us, pay no longer is the driver of engagement or job satisfaction it once was”

It’s called a Hygiene-factor by Frederick Herzberg and the research is about 40 years old. Maybe after driving WaMu off a cliff the management team could have found time to read a book.

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By: lhathaway http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42557 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:11:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42557 The deplorable excuse for an educational system in America has given undergraduate and post-graduate degrees to a few who really deserve them and to a large majority who are no more capable of passing real college level courses than my dog, who, wonderful and smart as he is, is not college material. Armed with these degrees they head directly into management positions of businesses, when if they were required to prove their abilities in the actual workplace before being promoted to management, they would never make it to a position having authority over anyone else. Once in place though, the schemes and rationalizations these so-called managers employ to keep their positions are truly amazing. This includes making life miserable for any one who is qualified for their job and has the audacity to aspire to it, or any one who makes them look bad, whatever the reason. Until this pattern changes good jobs in America will continue to be hard to find and employees will keep searching until they find something better or give up trying.

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By: endtimes http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42556 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 12:45:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42556 It has been my experience that everyone from department heads to board chairpersons have no insight into the businesses they operate. Interchangeable pegs simply applying whatever they correctly or incorrectly read in the latest fad management book.

I stressed out to the breaking point when lean manufacturing and just-in-time inventory were being applied in a job shop where I was a purchaser. The sales department could change customer contracts as close as two weeks before the delivery date but the raw material had a six week lead time. I was forbidden to personally inspect the raw material inventory and the computer inventory was roughly 85% accurate. I was ultimately let go for “not being able to do my job…”

Unbelievable.

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By: markccrowley http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42535 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 19:15:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42535 Feedback here thus far, combined with e-mail responses sent me, reveal an amazing distrust of leadership. We have a serious leadership problem in the US for sure.

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By: Quatermass http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42534 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:26:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42534 “Management” has gotten increasingly clueless over the years. My current “site leader” is a corporate stooge from the HQ, which is 2,000 miles away. I can tell he feels as if he’s been shunted to F Troop, because he travels back to HQ every chance he gets. When he’s here, he stays in his office with the door shut. We’ve had two program manager slots open for over a month – where’s the people? It is obvious to me that aerospace is headed for a real crisis – why would any intelligent engineer get into a soul-sucking job where new fighters take 15+ years to go from drawing board to service, and when Boeing can’t even put together a new airliner without a 3-year delay and unsustainable cost overruns? In the next 10 years, well over 3/4 of my company will retire, and there’s no new blood coming in. Laughable “lean” processes make work increasingly paralyzed, idiotic corporate-mandated systems like SAP prevent middle-managers having access to information instead of making it easier (if you need a specialist to decypher some Germanic voodoo, it doesn’t improve life), and total lack of accountability (that’s true-speak for “shared respources”, where no one “reports” to a program manager) all combine to make the employees’ lives an exercise in frustration. You can keep it. If the economy ever improves, the executives’ heads will spin at the rapidity of people bolting out the door.

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By: Esmerelda5 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42531 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:53:48 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42531 My neighbor who works for Wegmans will be glad to know about the “new” perspective towards employees. He was promoted to a higher supervisory position and returned to his old position after the new one required 24/7 attention. Apparently, he’s not the only one.

On another note, I’m glad businesses are finally losing money (no OTHER reason they would notice anything) after at least a 15-year decline in business environments for regular workers. Corporate greed executives, superficial “managers” whose only skill is that of dishonest manipulation and crony coverup, declining wages, demands for unbelievable tolerance towards workers who don’t work but “buddy” the supervisors, dumbed down jobs with cookie cutter parameters, abusive and discriminatory work places (& they DO get away with it)all described as TEAM PLAYING for propaganda purposes. If there’s anything the younger workers know, it’s about making a statement; unfortunately, the majority seem to lack ANY WORK ETHIC at all.

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By: majkmushrm http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42529 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:33:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42529 While what the author says is true, there’s other aspects to this. I retired early from my job in Boeing because I got tired of the BS. Forcing me to sign the standard conflict of interest statement that someone who purchases for a company has to sign, except I had nothing to do with purchasing for the company (they were going to give me a week’s unpaid LOA for refusing). They have no right to pass on who my wife works for or what stock I own when I have no decision making authority for company purchases. Forcing me to sign the company’s code of conduct. I have no problem with the code of conduct when I’m at work but by signing it, the implication was that it would apply even when I wasn’t at work. Increasingly taking control over how I do my job away from me and giving it to people who, as a general statement, couldn’t do my job if their lives depended on it.

That and many more bits that they just kept adding on made me say screw it. I may be very good at what I do but I can also do other stuff and you can find some other fool who’ll put up with this crap.

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By: SayHey http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42525 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 15:23:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42525 True leadership is an uncommon quality. By that I mean leadership where people so admire and respect the leader (manager) that they actually want to do things for him/her – more than required – that is what true leadership, rare that it may be, produces. Every leader/manager should ask themselves every day “Why should these people follow me?” – if your answer is “Because I’m the boss” – that is not a good answer.

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By: cactus11 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2012/03/23/these-days-were-all-disgruntled-workers/#comment-42516 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:08:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=12231#comment-42516 I would love employees to get really mad and stand up and say I’M MAD AN I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANY LONGER. American “management” is a FARCE. What worker hasn’t figured that out.

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