Apple boss Steve Jobs has taken a different view.
Speaking at a technology conference in California yesterday, he suggested that the Shenzhen plant was anything but a sweatshop. "You go in this place
and it's a factory," he conceded. "But my gosh, they've got restaurants and movie theatres and hospitals and swimming pools. For a factory, it's
The problem with company bosses, higher management and other corporate drones is that they are either completely brainwashed or the company IS their
entire life and love!
What use is Movie Theatres and Swimming pool to a man supporting his family... How will staying in work an extra two hours, to watch a movie, help
relieve stress when you have just come off a 14 hours shift and have to be back in work in 10 hours time?
How will going for a swim stop your Boss from leaning over your desk and screaming obscenities at you and threatening your job?
All of these add-on’s to the factory are nothing more than PR... So that when the boss of Apple takes a stroll around the factory, the owner can say
"look how great we treat our employees" and in turn the boss of apple can make transparent comments such as the one quoted at the start of this
What people need is Respect, Time and Money!!!
Humans all deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of their position within a company... Humans need time. Time to socialise with their loved
ones and take the Children to the park after school. Humans need money, not the grotesquely vast sums that directors and CEO bathe in, but enough to
support their families and have a little tucked away in case of an emergency.
The corporate drones know this... but they don’t care.
Trust me i know... i worked for 20 years in the corporate world and they are scum.
Whenever a company announces a new policy to help employees there is always a hidden agenda/motive.
My old firm once announced how they was going to concentrate on work life balance and wanted to encourage people to spend more time with their
families... For a while, it was good... The managers (of whom i was one) were told that if our staff had worked hard and had finished their work load,
we could allow them to leave early.
We were told to encourage stress breaks and to not question toilet breaks... We were asked to not openly criticise staff in front of others and to
instead go to a meeting room for a private chat...
This was all good and positive...
6 months later the company won an award for "best working conditions"
Less than a week passed and we (the managers) were called to a meeting. We were told that people were taking too many breaks... People should not be
allowed to leave work early... discipline had slipped... etc...
During this meeting i interrupted the speaker and said "ok ok so you’ve got your award and you want to go back to the bad old days right?"
The whole room went quite, managers dropped their heads, and the Boss, who was the one talking, looked me in the eye and said "Yes, but we need to
spin it differently"
I replied "There is no way to spin this, it sucks"
I was then basically told "if you like your job shut your mouth"
From that moment on my card was marked... but i never complied... i couldn’t... I cannot treat people like dirt just because I want to save my own
skin... Before that day my career had flourished... i had received 4 promotions in as many years and always got the highest score in my appraisals...
After that day i received the lowest scores. I was continually pulled aside for chats... Things that would be laughed at before, would suddenly become
a big deal... I was even pulled up for speaking to the cleaners...
Basically i was being bullied. I became ill, depressed and my sickness level went up, which simply gave them more ammo!
This continued until i was made redundant... but i never dropped my principles...
And the sad irony of it all is... while they were practicing better working condition and encouraging work life balance... productivity was up!!!
Oh... and there was 3 suicide attempts at that one office that were related to the job!!
Now this was all in a modern western office with people on good pay... I can only imagine the type of psychological torture that goes on at factories
in China, India etc...
And the saddest thing of all is that people will still go out and buy an I-phone... proclaiming “but i really need one”
To quote a couple of lines from my favourite film...
Solara: What was it like before?
Eli: People had more than they needed, people didn't know what was precious and what wasn't, people threw away things they kill each other for
[edit on 3-6-2010 by Muckster]