|From Album 5|
So, once again we’ve got one of our mighty corporate big shots going all Godwin — funny how our sensitive they can be, considering they’re supposedly forever fighting cutthroat competition — anyway, maybe Ken Langone just doesn’t realize how, well, regimented placed like Home Depot can be.
For decades now productivity gains have gone strictly to the top…while strict has become the watchword for the rest of us, strict as in STFU and keep working. I’m very fortunate these days to have a job that I like in a field I like, where I’m treated more or less as a human being. But it wasn’t that long ago when I was a cog in the corporate wheel, constantly exhorted to be more productive (to the point where I was taking up to 20 or more 200mg ibuprofen tablets just to keep the pain manageable); we were regularly told how we were a “cost” to the company (i.e., we should be grateful to have jobs at all)…not that I was on the day shift, but 9 to 5 had long ago become 8 to 5 (I guess lunch was “time-theft”). Even bathroom breaks were monitored, at least for time: each month we were given a grand total of one hour.
Something tells me Mr. Langone doesn’t even require a key to his private facility, much less permission to attend to personal business. And yet, at the first mention that maybe, just maybe, we exist not to be corporate drones, and that modest increases in taxes on those who’ve sucked up the lion’s share of productivity benefits…for things that would benefit ALL of us…suddenly we’ve become…the worst of the worst.
Hell, imagine what Langone might do if, god forbid, we really took something from him, like his jet…or his executive washroom.