The Human Cost of Business


           I understand that there is a cost to doing business, resources must be used to produce what is being sold or manufactured or pitched.  But I’m bothered that human beings are reduced to being referred to as capital or resources.  Humans are just another dot, another cog by which the larger machine moves.  But without the human component, there would be no machine to operate, no business to run, no materials to produce, no consumers to buy. 

I am offended that the human capital resources have so little value in the minds of business owners.  To quote Pink Floyd, “All in all it’s just another brick in the wall. All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.”

The human component in business models is now considered expendable.  Someone can always be hired for cheaper when the overhead of a seasoned experienced employee starts to cost a company too much.  Obvious tolls of this are corporate history, the experience that people have gained through an extended job history, and, to be frank, morale.  When a company develops a reputation for getting rid of long-term employees for less experienced and less expensive employees, word gets out and they lose credibility in the job market.

In the working world of our grandparents, people could count on being with a company for years.  Nowadays, longevity at a job is wanted yet at the same time questioned.  Employees have found that, in order to take care of themselves, they have to go to another company in order to get a reasonable job increase.  They have found that staying at their current company is a dead-end, new hires are being paid far more than they are to do the same job with less experience, so they choose move on.

This wouldn’t have been possible in the days of our grandparents, but we are a far more fluid society.  We are a global society.  However, there is a cost to this movement.  Staying as long as we can in one job to create a stable work history is like playing the most intense game of poker.  You have to have an amazing poker face and not let anyone know your hand, but you also have to know when to fold. 

With company CEO’s and President’s making bonuses that are so inflated, it is little wonder that the average employee is nothing but a pawn on their chessboard.  Ultimately they have nothing to lose and we are completely expendable.

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About Leila

I hail from the East and view the world as my playground. I'm opinionated. My dog is my co-pilot, but my cat navigates better. I'm only limited by my imagination. While there are terrible things that happen in the world I am responsible for making good things happen where I live, and that affects the world at large making it a better place.
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