It has come to my attention the distinction between corporate entitlements and employee abuse can be miniscule or gargantuan, with or without precedent and as important as the corporations desire to make them. Since it is the corporations that wield the clout, can afford lawyers to do their bidding, even to such extremes as to be legal but yet unethical. All one has to recall is Enron… and the complicity of the lawyers, banks and stockholders, as it regards the greater loss, was truly felt by those kept out of the loop- those told everything is fine and the check is in the mail.

These days, as was brought up in Entrepreneur Magazine (back about ten years ago), the rise of extra board employees is on the rise. These individuals can be worked full time but are left with: no full time status, an on-call basis, rotating shifts and absolutely no benefits whatsoever. Corporations do this to: reduce overall costs, increased labor demands… more attention (an added bonus for those used without a full time shift) and shorts the full time staff (less full timers means less money out as a needed expenditure). The advantage to the corporations is less employees needed and the disadvantage… less opportunity for the clients (not to mention less staff- less service). What this means to the companies prone to taking these cost cutting measures is truly felt by the employees doing more with less help. The push for more cross-training (to enable a company to do more with less) is currently the normative procedure a company will take. Even the lower level echelon executives can feel the pinch… being paid a salary ensures this, and the resulting increase of hours during peak demands can take its toll.

The next big move, according to Entrepreneur  Magazine, is to cut or eliminate those that smoke (to reduce heath care premiums) and extricate those employees that are unsightly (obese)… and also a larger (no pun intended) health risk as well. You can’t say I didn’t warn you but I have seen these things coming down the pipe for years… and all that was discussed ten years ago has come to pass. In the extreme, things are not apt to change for the better, especially in light of the current economic conditions as they exist today- the best days have already been experienced. The old adage of the U.S. Marines comes to mind with their common mantra being,”Don’t worry… it can always get worse.” As to these business practices we see, and the way employees are being treated (in corporations around the globe), this is but the beginning of harsher working conditions to follow. Anyone who believes this trend is going to improve has but to complain more frequently… and see how long it takes to be in the Unemployment Office.

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