Sr. Execs, and Hiring Managers moaning and groaning that they don't understand why the best of the best won't crawl over broken glass for their underpaid jobs at their pathetic wannabe/has-been companies.
As I said late last year:
"With the exception of the "Fab 5%" (and some highly in-demand skill sets)- you can find very good people for the positions, if the hiring managers are reasonable about who they will hire. The "War for Talent" is a con job- there's wars for "excellence on the cheap" and "purple squirrels" but not for solid people who will work hard and long at a reasonably paid and benefitted FT job. If your company needs excellence- be prepared to pay for it (or at least have SOMETHING excellent for 'em), and if your company really needs a "purple squirrel" or some skillset that can't be obtained at ANY price- you've got a bunch of idiots over there getting themselves into that situation and you better get out FAST before the whole thing tumbles down around you....”
I don't think we need tax subsidies/government-run training to hire the long term unemployed- I think we need to create 20 million, FT decently paid well-benefitted jobs fixing up the $1T+ infrastructure (roads, streets, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, seaports, rail, telecom, schools, parks, smart grid, energy efficiency) that benefits EVERYBODY. Even Adam Smith *thought this (public works) was a good thing for governments to do, and if we did it, we'd be like a big-*** Singapore, COMPETITIVE AS **** compared to the rest of the world. Folks, if you can come up with some alternative "non-make work" plan to create 20M+ good jobs, we' re listening:.....
* The Wealth of Nations
Book V: On the Revenue of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
Chapter I: On the Expenses of the Sovereign or Commonwealth
Part III: On the Expense of Public Works and Public Institutions
The third and last duty of the sovereign or commonwealth is that of erecting and maintaining those public institutions and those public works, which, though they may be in the highest degree advantageous to a great society, are, however, of such a nature that the profit could never repay the expense to any individual or small number of individuals, and which it therefore cannot be expected that any individual or small number of individuals should erect or maintain. The performance of this duty requires, too, very different degrees of expense in the different periods of society.
After the public institutions and public works necessary for the defence of the society, and for the administration of justice, both of which have already been mentioned, the other works and institutions of this kind are chiefly those for facilitating the commerce of the society, and those for promoting the instruction of the people. The institutions for instruction are of two kinds: those for the education of youth, and those for the instruction of people of all ages. The consideration of the manner in which the expense of those different sorts of public, works and institutions may be most properly defrayed will divide this third part of the present chapter into three different articles.
Article 1: On the Public Works and Institutions for facilitating the Commerce of the Society And, first, of those which are necessary for facilitating Commerce in general.
That the erection and maintenance of the public works which facilitate the commerce of any country, such as good roads, bridges, navigable canals, harbours, etc., must require very different degrees of expense in the different periods of society is evident without any proof. The expense of making and maintaining the public roads of any country must evidently increase with the annual produce of the land and labour of that country, or with the quantity and weight of the goods which it becomes necessary to fetch and carry upon those roads. The strength of a bridge must be suited to the number and weight of the carriages which are likely to pass over it. The depth and the supply of water for a navigable canal must be proportioned to the number and tonnage of the lighters which are likely to carry goods upon it; the extent of a harbour to the number of the shipping which are likely to take shelter in it.
action with for the past two years who has suffered at the hands of one of these lunatics unlike i have ever seen in my 30 years as a recruiter.
At age 19 she started as a sales and customer service rep for a household word telecommunications company. She was the leading sales rep within a short time earning over 100K a year for several years. She was offered a promotion several times to a manager level position and turned it down as it would mean that she would take a significant cut in pay. Finally realizing that if she did not accept the promotion she would forever be at the current level she made the decision to try and advance her career and make the move. At the time she accepted the promotion the Sr. Manager who had promoted her accepted another position with the company and a new Sr. Manager who had been a first level manager for 20 years was promoted into his position. The new Sr. Manager let it be known that she did not think this young woman should have been promoted. (You see the storm clouds on the horizon). My candidate's promotion was finally approved.
Within 7 months early 2008, the new Sr. Manager called her in and told her that she was helping male employees more than she was helping female employees and had been talking to them about non business related matters. She was written up for a violation of the code of business conduct. The situation was that she had been assigned to a new training class of sales reps. Several of the new trainees were guys that she had gone to high school with who were planning their first high school reunion and as they knew her they were more comfortable going to her for help than some of the other trainees. Ok, she acknowledged that yes she probably had talked with them about non business matters , the reunion, and yes she probably had helped them more than other trainees as they felt comfortable coming to her because she knew them before they started. Reasonable concern and she would correct it, which she did.
What followed in the next two years was a series of the most bizarre manager - direct report situations on the planet.
She was called in and told that it had been reported that she had come into the office trying to buy marijuana from some of the reps while she was on vacation. The week she was supposed to have done this insanity she had been out of the city at a company training seminar for two days of the week, had taken vacation time and stayed in the other city for the remaining three days. The office has a security situation requiring a key card. She suggested to her boss that she check the security records to determine if her key card had been used and offered to provide hotel receipts to prove she not even in the city and take a drug test to prove that she had not and did not smoke dope. Her boss told her that would not be necessary, she believed her.
Her boss then made a career for the next two weeks of asking almost all of the 170 employees in the center if they had ever seen her outside of work smoke marijuana. When asked why she was talking to everyone in the office creating the question as to my candidate smoking dope her boss informed her that it was her job to investigate every complaint no matter how absurd. When asked why the boss had indicated that a drug test was not necessary when that would have proved that the girl had not used any drug and the report had been that she came into the office to try and buy drugs which was easily negated by checking the key card access. The boss responded that even though that complaint could be proven wrong it was her job to determine if the girl did smoke dope as maybe a drug test could be manipulated.
As no one had ever seen this young woman smoke dope that one seemed to go by the boards and nothing more was said to my candidate and it had been proven a false report. Or so my candidate thought.
Stay tuned for part II this is long an bizarre story that will convince anyone that there are insane, vindictive, crazy people in management positions who should be exterminated.