Re: American thinking all the way
> As someone very justly said, this only
> applies to the american way of treating
> employees. Even if, very sadly, some
> asian and european companies would like
> to apply the same codes, many have
> realised the very straightforward
> equation between the worker's sentiment
> of being respected (and thus, paid) for
> his worth, and this same worker's
> overall productivity and implication in
> the performance of the company.
> The negative effect of such a
> shortsighted view of economic relation
> (between dominant investor and
> submissive employees) on economic
> performance is, in my opinion, only
> compensated in this case by the strange
> disreguard of american workers for the
> sorts of confort and quality of life
> that can not be measured in monetary
> (Hum, yes. This is partly provocation, I
> confess. But, outrage aside, think
> seriously of it: the stress of being
> self-employed won't improve your quality
> of life...)
I am not sure about this distinction between European/Asian and American companies.
I am an Irish European have lived and worked in Ireland and Belgium. As far as I can see, the only difference between European and American employers is that European workers have more protection from the state (more true in Belgium than Ireland). If they had the same laws they would hire and fire at will. The goal of a business is to make money - any other wooly-headed ideas about respecting workers etc is nonsense. Workers are "respected" in order to motivate them to make more money.
I agree with the author and have made the jump to self-emplyoment 3 years ago after making other people rich for 10 years. I'm not rich yet, but have more freedom, control and security (yes it's true!) than could be dreamed of by an employee.
I have more security because I don't have a boss anymore that "has my own best interests at heart" until there is a downturn and he dumps me on the street with a weeks notice. At least if things are going bad in my own business I see it coming a month or two down the track.
So my advice is: stay in your jobs; less competition for me :)