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komos
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What I Learned in School Today
There's nothing like a management seminar to give a very clear understanding of just how incredibly dehumanizing the modern workplace has become.

That's all for now. I need to go find some food.
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jenarael From: jenarael Date: January 15th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Dehumanizing, eh? Start to worry when they show Matrix clips in management-training sessions.
komos From: komos Date: January 15th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
That would be a blessing. Hell, it would all make much more sense if there was a sentinal at the head of the class buzzing at us.
schmi From: schmi Date: January 15th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)

*curious*

What did you learn?
From: skygoodwill Date: January 15th, 2004 10:57 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: *curious*

Thats a good question. I'm interested too.

It seems he was disgusted by the 'dehumanizing' aspect of it, then got hungry.
Maybe he learned he was hungry for humans?

Just kiddin'
komos From: komos Date: January 15th, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

America is the new Carthage

The main thrust of the training was ensuring productivity and motivation through a quantitative measurement tool, specifically, the employee performance review. From there, we went on to discuss how all employees fall into a matrix, about the four kinds of difficult workplace personalities, and yea, about the seven habits of highly effective supervisors.

I was weaned on the idea that any theory about human life becomes true if it is believed widely enough. When I see corporate culture actively pursuing a system of indoctrination supporting the theory that all human activity should have a quantifiable worth, I naturally start thinking about the dehumanization of the workplace.

From: skygoodwill Date: January 15th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: America is the new Carthage

Four(!) kinds of difficult workplace personalities? And seven habits of the highly effective? I'm intrigued...

I wrote this as I was reading. Its comforting to know you find this alarming as well. But I am interested in how 'they' break it down.

Can you share them briefly?
schmi From: schmi Date: January 16th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: America is the new Carthage

Hmm... in a way, that's true. But how else would you ensure profitability of your business?
komos From: komos Date: January 16th, 2004 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: America is the new Carthage

I'm not saying that analysis and performance reviews have no place. What I am saying is that reducing every workplace interaction into quantifiable analysis and classifying every employee upon a Skills/Motivation Matrix does nothing to promote the humanity of the organization.

I admit I'm something of a radical, but I tend to think that human endeavors serve greater roles when they are not focused solely on the the figures on the bottom line. That mentality has brought us the Enron crisis and a spate of problems with mutual funds, not to mention the ongoing exploitation of the citizens of other nations in the name of keeping costs down or an ill-advised neo-imperialist war.
schmi From: schmi Date: January 16th, 2004 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: America is the new Carthage

I completely agree about the de-humanizing effect most corporate cultures have. After a point you just start thinking of yourself as an insignificant cog in the system, and that's when you start questioning your life and whether this is how things were supposed to be.

. That mentality has brought us the Enron crisis

Now this is what I don't get.
komos From: komos Date: January 16th, 2004 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: America is the new Carthage

Caveat: It's an oversimplification of a complex issue.

That said, part of the Enron problem was created by the company's requirement to show solid profits and constant growth. It was because of this focus that bending the truth through with creative accounting became standard operating procedure there and, apparently, elsewhere.
hieeee From: hieeee Date: January 15th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)

dehumanization

you've inspired me . . . . . . to do some thinking. :)
komos From: komos Date: January 15th, 2004 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The idea of programming came up for me yesterday in a response tomissmelysse's post about playing hooky. Dunno... it's something that's been on my mind for a while now, mostly as I start looking at the things I am sure are core to who I am and trying to shed some of the other baggage.
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