25 May “The Lost Promise of the Remote Work Revolution”
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From an HR point of view, we’ve been in the throes of a major candidate-driven market. If we have a deep recession, that will change. Now, we have some managers fiending for that scenario and lusting for lower wages. Those types of managers have essentially “played along” with the candidate-driven market and the labor shortage. They never really saw it as a permanent revolution, but rather a play-act they needed to go along with temporarily until a recession hit. This is just my opinion and, as Dennis Miller always said, I could be wrong. But I’d call it a pretty strong hunch that this is where we’re headed.
-“And. Here. We. Go.” https://causeyconsultingllc.com/2022/05/02/and-here-we-go/ published on May 2, 2022, emphasis mine
Have you listened to the hot air & hopium crowd or did you view Corpo America with a healthy sense of skepticism? Fingers crossed it was the latter and not the former.
“To extract as much value from labor, with as little pay as possible, extra work hours must be squeezed out of people whenever possible. Workplaces must be surveilled to keep employees in line, and workers must pay for their own commute in time and money if it serves the company to have them on site.
The resulting world is one in which rampant exploitation and draconian work arrangements are very necessary indeed. And that is why owners and bosses are keen to limit or eliminate remote work. They dislike remote work for the exact same reason that they dislike the idea of democratizing the workplace.” –https://jacobin.com/2023/05/remote-work-working-from-home-class-struggle-labor
🛎️ Ding, ding, ding! Correct!
“The Lost Promise of the Remote Work Revolution
Writing in the Globe and Mail last week, Vanmala Subramaniam, the paper’s future of work correspondent, took a dive into ‘the remote work revolution that never took place.’ Throughout the pandemic, as workers who could do so spent more time away from the office working at home, the notion of a new way of laboring became mainstream. Many workers could stay home and do their jobs — just as well, if not better than they had before — and enjoyed doing so. It offered more flexibility and eliminated awful commutes. You didn’t have to eat your lunch at your desk or in a cramped break room or in a mall food court.” -Jacobin, Ibid.
🔝 Yes. This. Exactly.
As I’ve written before:
+ Things like compliance, conformity, power, and control are the stock-in-trade of Corpo America. Ignore that at your own risk. I do not GAF what the hot air & hopium crowd might tell you on social media. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I wonder if some of those идиоты might be paid shills who are misinforming you on purpose.
+ Corpo America doesn’t care if you don’t want to commute. Remember this drivel:
“A journey from work to home is about more than just getting there – the psychological benefits of commuting that remote work doesn’t provide” –https://theconversation.com/a-journey-from-work-to-home-is-about-more-than-just-getting-there-the-psychological-benefits-of-commuting-that-remote-work-doesnt-provide-195799
I outline the “funding partners” behind that publication here: https://causeyconsultingllc.com/2023/02/21/what-corporate-bunk/
+ No, Corpo America did not learn a bunch of lasting, grand lessons from The Great Resignation. They sat back, played the game, and waited for the damn thing to end. Point blank. Now they’re waiting for their cronies at The Fed to crash the job market very hard and watch the peons slither back. This is reality. If it hurts your feelings, good. Maybe that will motivate you to prepare for the economic 💩storm that’s coming.
“But the fact that not everyone can work from home does not mean that no one should. Indeed, opponents of working from home may try to divide and conquer this way, sowing discord by arguing that since many can’t work from home, no one should. They are the opponents of solidarity.
These opponents include bosses and owners who have their own ends in mind, but they include other voices, too. These are the selfsame who oppose unions and resent public sector bargaining. They represent a failure to recognize the collective benefits unions generate for the many. These opinions, however, are hardly surprising in a world in which anti-labor sentiment is ubiquitous — from dark money union-busting campaigns to the editorial viewpoint of national papers.” -Jacobin, Ibid.
In the case of Lord Elon, let’s not forget:
So . . . the same guy who was photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell and who has been subpoenaed in the Jeffrey Epstein banking case thinks YOU are a moral reprobate if you want to continue working from home post-pandemic. Those of us paying our taxes, raising kids, loving our spouses, feeding our pets, etc., are scumbag pieces of 💩 but Lord Elon is a paragon of virtue? For me this goes beyond a bad satire or a clown world. It’s just flat-out disgusting.
Also, let’s not forget that if you simply Google “elon musk defense contracts,” you’ll see a variety of items pop up. I’ve warned you about Crony Capitalism and the collusion that happens between Corpo America and Capitol Hill more times than I can count. Here we have a guy who enriches himself from the military industrial complex telling you that if you like WFH, you’re a POS. 😖 None of this is happening on accident. I gare-ron-tee it.
“The remote-work debate is essentially a power struggle to determine who has the authority to define work conditions.” -Jacobin, Ibid.
Yes, I agree. My question to you is this: who do you think will win that power struggle in the end? The hot air & hopium crowd assure you that John & Jane Q. Public will win. I’m telling you – at the risk of sounding incredibly pessimistic – I don’t f**king think so.
Buckle up, kids. We’re in for a very bumpy economic ride.