Monday, June 20th, 2011

The New American Workplace Sucks (For a Reason)

Up in the corner offices, there's a growing recognition that unrealistic demands on time are destroying the souls of… executives. "Always-on, multitasking work environments are killing productivity, dampening creativity, and making us unhappy," notes a recent article in McKinsey Quarterly, the research publication of the giant global consulting firm that has been corporate America's chief efficiency cheerleader. "These scourges hit CEOs and their colleagues in the C-suite particularly hard." McKinsey's advice to beleaguered execs? Do one thing at a time; delegate; take more breaks.

Just try telling that to the millions of people whose work has been downsized, offshored, and sped up thanks to McKinsey.

You've been brainwashed and bullied into being a better worker so that America's executive class can get richer and richer.

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Is this another "Millennials are entitled" article? They sure sound entitled, with their demands to work and earn a living.

Matt (#26)

Who keeps letting these 10,000s-commenters in here.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

The answer is obvious — we should all go work for McKinsey.

Grant G Brown (#3,366)

I *completely* agree with the sentiment of your chart, but it should be pointed out that much (most?) of the offshore hiring is being done to satisfy overseas markets. Imma gonna quote, and gives you a link (if I can…)

"The vast majority of employment and sales by the foreign affiliates of US-based MNCs are serving the local market. When GE, or Microsoft, or Coca-Cola, or American Express expand their operations overseas, it is almost always with the primary goal of satisfying local demand, rather than replacing workers in the US. Yes, of course some offshore outsourcing does happen (though much less over the past few years than happened in the early 2000s), but really that's not what's driving the dramatic difference in employment patterns of US MNCs within the US compared to outside the US."

here's the source:

evilfred (#2,351)

@Grant G Brown errr… then where have all the US manufacturing jobs gone? Why are basically no clothes manufactured in the US or Canada anymore? The Gap doesn't make clothes in Bangladesh to sell there, I guarantee.



evilfred, do you really have to ask that question? First, you can blame our BOUGHT politicians via lobbyists. They lowered the import tariffs to make it economically feasible for our companies to manufacture products outside the United States and then import them into the United States. Second, you can blame the American consumer that demands lower priced products or they would run a company out of business by not shopping there. It is now a game of survival for companies. Many companies that do not want to do their business overseas have to if they want to survive against their competition. It is just too expensive to do it in America.

Thus, I blame the American politicians who sold out the America people. I blame the American consumer who are forcing many American companies to move overseas (Prove that you never bought something made in China?). And I blame the American voter for keeping these bought politicians in power.

Therefore, evilfred, I blame "YOU"

Keith Kisser (#9,714)

This is why I make every effort to be a horrible, slack employee.

collier (#13,548)

Wow. This was a visceral reminder that while it's okay to read the articles at Mother Jones, you'd be better off stabbing yourself in the eyes with a rusty barbecue fork than reading the comments.


Who in their right mind, if they had a choice, would hire an American? Americans are one of the worst employees in the World. They are lazy. They feel entitled to the job. They are confrontational to management. They lie and steal. They are less productive. And when they do not get their way in the end, they try to find a way to sue their employer.

Keith Kisser, you are not a "horrible, slack employee" because of the situation you are in. You are that way because you are an American. You are just trying to find an excuse to justify your American way of behaving.

I have run my own business for over 10 years. I had to continuously run after the American workers to stop talking all day long and get some work done. And when they did the work, it was not even up to pair many times even though they were capable of doing the work. My best workers were from India. They would do the work with no complaints. When they were instructed to do something, they would do it with a smile. They were hard workers. They did not spend all day talking to each other. They would even go the extra mile. I love them. And I want to hire more.

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS; If you have a choice, you would have to be crazy to hire an American. If you want success, look towards employees from developing nations. They know what it means to be an employee.

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