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13 March 2009 @ 08:36 am
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Things are tough all over. When I think about it, I can't see how to fix the big stuff, but the little stuff, yeah. Then, icarusancalion found this: http://icarusancalion.livejournal.com/860526.html

People are decent and kind and the concept that everyone is out only for themselves is hogwash.
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Carol Kennedycakmpls on March 13th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Every report I have heard/read of employees being given the choice of some losing their jobs or everyone taking cuts has said the employees overwhelmingly choose the latter.

Most people are almost always willing to sacrifice--even to sacrifice big-time--if it feels "fair," if everyone sacrifices. People on the U.S. home front in WWII made sacrifices in their lifestyle--food choices, use of car, and more--because they had the feeling that the neighbors were doing the same.
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I think fair is the key difference here. We resent cost-cutting when it feels like we are the ones tightening our belts while the higher ups get bonuses and go spend a week on a beach on the company dime.

Dont get me wrong; I'm not particularly happy about the year long hiring and merit pay freeze and everyone burning our vacation time. But I'm okay with it because it's a stated and openly discussed alternative to layoffs. So we go on vacation and call in to confreence calls from home and such because we are helping our fellow employees. but a big difference here is that everyone from Hank Scorpio to the guy on the line is doing the same thing. No merit increase for us, but no VPs get bonuses this year, either. Yes, we are doing a Sales Conference. They've cut the cocktail party and the group activity and anyone who plays golf has to pay a greens fee.

That's in direct opposition to the company that I left two years ago, where HR was running layoffs as the Sales admin was setting the menu for the Sales Conference and choosing between lobster and steak and her office was full of gift bags and finalizing reservations for the (company-paid) evening dinner cruise.

That's the dichotomy that breeds mutiny.
ex_kisa_haw on March 14th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's how I felt when I got a mass email to the Johns Hopkins staff saying all the president, deans, and vice deans were taking a pay cut so they wouldn't have to lay anyone off and not increase tuition by a ridiculous amount. You could have knocked me over with a feather.