Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Work in the U.S.: emphasizing form over content

At least this is what I've found. What I mean is that folks who employ others in the United States value being able to follow directions to a 't' over actually understanding what the job is about and then doing it based on this understanding. Don't get me wrong; when you're doing something, working on a finished product, you need to be able to put touches on it that finish it to a 't', but the difference between that and just teaching a person how to formalistically do a job, with little or no explanation about why a particular step is being taken, is extreme. To start out formalistically and then penalize people who want some more insight into why something is being done is to put the cart before the horse, to assume that instant, unthinking obedience is the way to get the most out of your employees. What it leads to is people who don't have the sort of independent thought necessary to truly do the job, who can say 'yes sir', 'no sir' but have little real input. Take this attitude and multiply it across the U.S. economy and see where it's gotten us: stupid and lazy imbeciles who don't work hard enough or intelligently enough to compete with the rest of the world, including countries where they have virtual slave labor. But we can sure say 'yes sir' to the lazy little middle manager ahead of us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

At my workplace, they recently fired someone who had the top quality and efficiency on my team of a couple dozen people simply because he was late a few times (like 10-15 minutes or something). On the other hand, they keep people with terrible efficiency (such as myself) simply because they follow the rules. We can easily guess which person cares more about their work, but who did they end up keeping?