In response to a CNN Money article about setbacks the middle class has to cope with, commenter “Kevin Finkle” says:
How come no one ever says “We can’t just raise CEO pay… if we do that then we’d have to start charging $15 for a cheeseburger!”
Priceless. Of course, the answer is partly that $15 wouldn’t even begin to cut it.
I was recently informed by someone I know that workers who don’t “bring in the clients” shouldn’t share in the wealth. The problem was, loads of well-compensated workers at this company do not “bring in the clients.” They simply do work that is valued. So despite what this person was saying, what they really meant was, “People with degrees that sound complicated are important. People who do the work that enables those people to do their thing are worthless.” Okay. So, have the people with the exciting degrees do their own travel scheduling, proof-reading (if they’re capable – lots of brilliant, worthwhile people are not), make their own phone calls, handle their own emails, clean their own toilets. I mean, if it’s such worthless work, why on earth not make the workers you can’t do without do the work of the workers you think you can do without?
Oh, no, I get it. It’s not that you think you can do without them. It’s that you think you can replace them so easily. And you can, of course, in this economy. Just remember that employees can also get on the “Gotta look out for #1″ bandwagon. I’ve seen it happen: they embezzle a little here and there. They run a porn ring off the company IP address. They cook up really creative scams that could make one wonder, was that employee really so worthless and replaceable? At the very least, they find ways to slow. down. your. workflow like you would not believe, to show you just how “busy” and “needed” they really are.
But some companies will never get that. They think they’re entitled to infinitely more work for infinitely less pay. Gotta break it to you: the employee is thinking you’re entitled to infinitely less work for infinitely less pay, and after a time everybody’s so cynical you can’t “find good help” for more than six months.