What sparked this topic was listening to some women over the week tell me a snippet of their story. One wondered what happened to her job after she got sick. Essentially, it disappeared. Another one wanted to change her role in the company: they asked her to sign “an improvement pledge.” She explained to me that its the first step to cover their tracks and then “dismissing” the person when they fail. The corporations are well known and no longer well-respected by this blogger.
I used to read “articles” on various different sites on-line and plenty of magazines, too, business and otherwise. In my observations, often when a corporation is being touted for their “open” ways, employee bennies, or diversity, let your RED FLAG wave. Tread with a big stick and a dose of wariness. I no longer read these “articles” because I no longer see them as such….it’s branding. And, they can do it because they have good intentions, “humility” is not truly quantifiable or maybe they are ‘more diverse’ than most other corporations, but still, no partner benefits. How is this happening in 2014? [And, who, in their right mind, can work in this environment fifty hours+ a week?] I know we often have to make concessions, but I pray they are of the ‘shorter nature’ and ‘soul trouble’ doesn’t ensue.
What to do? Authenticity may become the next buzz word bandied about by corporate media, best selling book writers, and the like. I hope not because I happen to like the word. Defined, it means “genuineness, reliability, truthfulness.”
Let’s bandy about getting back to that line of life, shall we? It’s easy to roll around in the muck, get taken with it, and submerge under the culture, coming up differently [not better] but if we actually address the issues, stop participating and focus on “what we can do next” sans negative Karma, then one-at-a-time, a difference is seen.
We can move in this direction for the sake of the kids, living creatures and Planet. This mission needs action, slow and steady works. This mission is so much bigger than me; can’t do it alone. Need your help and fellowship.