In Which We Are Clueless Management Stooges


Reader Eugene takes issue with our recent feature on workaholics, specifically this sentence: "While a strong work ethic is valued, a lack of balance with your personal life can ultimately work against you in the long run."

He writes:

I do not know what planet you are from, but your article shows how out of touch you are with the reality of life in the United States today. Working many, long hours does not indicate workaholism. Workaholism is a choice.

For many, many Americans, the long work hours are mandated by their employer, without regard to their health and family.This is not workaholism; it is slavery.

Your choices are: A) work as much as, and as long as, we want your to, or; B) we will find somebody to take your place. Most US companies are filled with "management" who do not know how to manage, are in fear of reprisals from their bosses, often ignorant (or at least less competent) in the specific subject area that they are supposed to manage. US management is full of nepotism, back-stabbing, slander, deceit, bullying, selfishness, and rampant greed, rather than encouragement, mentoring, constructive criticism, honesty, sharing, and caring.

So many companies see their employees, especially those lower on the totem pole, as liabilities rather than assets; and that is why so many companies are just plain rotten places to work.;

Apparently, you only conduct research with management.

We're totally with him on the plight of the thin-stretched recession-era employee. We've even seen a few examples in our own industry. The ensuing rant about the suckiness of businesses in general is, well, ranty, but entertaining nonetheless and not without merit.

As for workaholics, they really do exist. They have some behaviors in common with the merely overworked -- e.g., hours spent on the job -- and our analysis should have controlled for motivation when addressing those behaviors.


6 Comments for "In Which We Are Clueless Management Stooges"

  • C.T. January 17, 2012 9:48 am

    Looks like someone has stepped on the collective toes of the workaholics. And, yes, there are some people who have very, very, very limited choices. But who cares, its their fault.

  • A.C. January 19, 2011 8:58 pm

    Generalizations about stupid or uncaring management are on target in certain situations,but they are just that - generalizations. For those that think things are somehow different or tougher this century, you probably wouldn't have been much happier earning a living 50 years ago just before IT began to explode. As J.R. points out everyone has options. Those of us who feel compelled to log extra hours have decided that it's better than no work or some less demanding job that pays less. I'd love to hear from someone who knows about a stimulating job that is high-paying, has great benefits and only requires 40 hours per week.

  • J.G. January 19, 2011 3:49 pm

    J.R. apparently is one of those [disparaging word] people who preach the "If I can be wealthy, everyone can be wealthy - it's a free choice." line. What a pathetically distorted view of reality. But then... didn't the slave drivers always assert that their slaves were slaves by choice.

  • J.R. January 19, 2011 8:38 am

    Slavery? Baloney. You can go get a different job. You can start your own company. You can go live under an overpass and starve. Heck, you can even leave the whole country if you want. All of those are free choices you are free to make. Therefore the current condition is not slavery. "Reader Eugene" needs to get some perspective.

  • Rusty Walker January 18, 2011 11:15 am

    A partenr and I have begun to compile all the "good, bad & ugly" stories we have shared over forty years in business. It ain't pretty folk. The culprits we saw jailed in the Telecom busts, the guys and gals who went to jail for things such as Mr. Koslowsky was found guilty of and the activities of the soul-less bankers and financial wizards of the recent debacle are just examples of the uncaring, slavery-based emnployment in this century. Some will make a lot of money, most will plod along hoping to hit a sweepstake somewhere but will probably just retire; all washed up, wrung out and a shallow husk of their (our) former selves.

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