Have none of you ever been in business?
The worst years of my life were during the great recession as CFO of a company that was just barely surviving. I absolutely hated calling in long-term employees, people I knew well, to tell them they no longer had a job. We tried to downsize through attrition but that wasn't enough. I know you jackasses think that it is easy but it isn't. We were letting go friends or children of friends. We were a small company with 110 full time employees. One of the owner almost broke down during a meeting when we discussed letting 10 people go. We had no work for them. He said, "You know we are running their lives." I told him yes I know and we will do everything possible to help them, but you need to think of it differently. We are trying to save 100 jobs.
Footnote: Things did get worse. We tried everything. We eventually stopped manufacturing and started importing. I am now retired and teaching. The company is still alive. It has 35 people. Importing takes fewer people than manufacturing.
See, here's the disconnect. You think when some of us on here bitch about greedy companies we're talking about this kind of company:
But fail to realize we're specifically talking about something more along these lines:
I doubt anyone here has any issue with the smaller, properly maintained companies that follow the rules and are just trying to provide a product people want. We have issues with the global corporations that obliterate or consume competition, while writing the rules themselves through lobbying and bribery, while hoarding cash and shoveling it to the top and skirting around taxation, and then crying about said taxes and using that bitching to justify laying off staff, if only they could be tax-free then they would hire everyone! boohoo woe is the corporation! Then they get said tax cuts so they buy out or undercut smaller businesses, destroying jobs in the process and investing in automation at every turn, continuing to destroy jobs.
I hope you're still around the day that the trucking industry gets hit buy automation. We'll see what kind of boogeyman the GOP blames the collapse of the economy on when 3.5 million people simultaneously find themselves out of work with the majority of them not having transferable skills to new industries and only a relative
handful needed to maintain a fleet.
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Also, I've been on the receiving end of layoffs. I didn't hold it against my boss. He was visibly distraught over having to walk me out. But you think the guys calling the shots from the top of a 150,000 employee global corporation give a shit? Yeah right.
But you know what I do and what most people that witnessed the events of 2008 should do? I constantly make sure I'm developing skills that can be transferred to different industries to ensure that I can always find employment in the event that I lose a job. What do we call that? Hard work maybe? And coming from me? The entitlement generation? Yet we coddle these people and prop up dying industries because it's all these people know? GTFO.
This is the world we live in post-2008. Very few companies reward loyalty. You've constantly got to have your eye on something else. Luckily, after three companies, I've finally found a company that I feel loyal to and that's because its small and is privately owned. I even have a friendly personal relationship with the president. The second it gets bought out by a larger company or goes public and starts focusing on shareholders? You can bet your ass I'll be getting my resume ready in case I end up facing a situation where I have to move on.
I didn't take it personally when I got laid off. I didn't cry to a politician to prop up the oil industry artificially so I could have my precious job back. I fucking moved on and went into a more stable industry. Yet I'm the dirty liberal millenial that thinks he's entitled to everything since I received participation trophies growing up. Yeah...