I've been quiet for awhile, all this government bashing day in and day out just isn't my cup of tea. Plus, I've found Facebook and FarmTown and that has kept my attention lately. However, a comment yesterday got me thinking of something that has been floating in the murky waters I call a brain. I'm not sure who said it, but someone mentioned how quick companies have been at cutting the fat and laying people off. In any management course you take one thing that is constant is that the easiest cost cutting tool is employees expense. In most cases that is done by both cutting staff and cutting benefits. We've all either personally seen or have heard of how insurance costs are more and more being laid off upon employees. Unemployment numbers show just how fast companies are trimming their employees and stock earning reports show that it is boosting their bottom lines. Here's my point, why everyone is blaming the government we're missing the point that there is no company loyalty to their employees. What did we have before this recession? We had years upon years of unprecedented company profits? Whose backs were these profits made from? And now, as times are tough who is bearing the brunt of these times? Again, it's the worker, Average Joe. I remember back when I worked for a home center in California, we hit a building slump in the late '80's and the owners met with us management and said that we were having a hiring freeze but they would take from savings the profit they had made in past years and there would be no layoffs. That is not happening today and it is sad indeed. I'm not one for doom and gloom, but the days of companies being loyal to their employees appears to be past and that leads to the QOD:
How loyal is your company to you?