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  •  When I worked in offices and retail, whenever a (8+ / 0-)

    directive came down to reign in costs, it was always payroll that was targeted first. Managers were under the gun to make sure that there was absolutely no overtime, and people were expected to do more work in less time.

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 01:12:05 PM PDT

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    •  Happening everywhere. The impossible (5+ / 0-)

      expectation of continued growth in a business is often attempted by trying to increase employee productivity. Computer technology, upgrades or new programs can only do so much. Despite everything, American workers have continued to keep the productivity line going up over the years, while the wage line falls.

      The number of people who take at least two hours of desk work home is growing. Sure, you can log on at home and access your computer at work! Work harder, not smarter. Eat lunch at your desk. Don't take movement breaks hourly to stretch muscles and promote circulation. No water cooler conversations that used to be the best way to foster continuing OJT for newbies and oldies. Don't go out of your way to do anything that is not in your job description or duties. They have cut off all their noses.

      Remember when the manager in a call center interfered with employees trying to give first aid to an unresponsive coworker slumped at her desk? Apparently the management agreed after the fact (a dead employee) the coworkers should have continued until the paramedics arrived. Oh, well.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 01:56:51 PM PDT

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      •  small change... (4+ / 0-)
        expectation of continued growth of profits in a business is often attempted by trying to increase employee productivity.
        •  That is their end goal. Doesn't highlight how (2+ / 0-)
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          it affects workers and how middle managers push the employee work loads to achieve it.  More sales, more customers, more widgets per hour...  

          In health care it is how fast you can admit, treat and discharge the patient, given the diagnoses, if any. That takes the care out of health care. Which makes it a far less valuable product in both outcome and satisfaction.

          Years ago tribal witch doctors were studied to find out how they managed to heal so many of their patients without even rudimentary diagnostic and treatment methods. The researchers found that the patients trusted the doctors, who they knew, and received caring attention during the illness. Actually reinforced something I had said about a lot of medical care: it relies very heavily on good nursing care. If you take away the high tech, keep the person fed, clean, moved, and feeling cared for, most of the time the body will heal itself. Take's longer, tribal societies have less of an issue there than industrialized ones. ;)

          Health care management still does not structure their business model on the primary source  and basis of income: nursing care. In hospitals it is usually included in the room/bed fee. Not only would the doctors be unable to get paid for most their services without us, a lot of other paid services hinge on the patient being in house with nursing care.

          After hospitals/ins co sped up the length of stay (LOS) too much, Medicare noted such an increase in hospital readmissions in short time periods, they stopped paying for a readmission for the same diagnosis in 30 days. The docs began factoring that into discharges after the hospitals started seeing those denials.

          The comment I replied to cited the management emphasis on payroll when they needed to 'reign in costs'. The jobs I've had in health care certainly never emphasized the idea of increasing profits. Be sure you charge for all the stock you use or the annual bonus raises won't be as high. Come to think of it, they added a measurement on our annual evals that had to do with fiscal responsibility. Charging items, taking care of equip, etc.

          When it suits their situation, the top brass will even brag about how many more employees they have added.

           

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 05:37:02 PM PDT

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      •  Oh, a diary on this, today! (2+ / 0-)
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        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 04:52:35 PM PDT

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    •  Plus, we have (2+ / 0-)
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      limpballs screaming to the masses about how bad they are.
      Now you go on any conservative site and see his words parrotted back.
      Teacher will bebthe downfall of this Nation cuz of their Unions. Same with Puplic employers, police, fire ect.
      I too alwaysvremind them what Unions have done forbthem, but it sounds likecCharlie Brown's teachers voice to them.

      OBAMA'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES: HOLD NO ONE ACCOUNTABLE. LOOK FORWARD.

      by snoopydawg on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 02:18:14 PM PDT

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      •  My father buys into all those rants. My best (5+ / 0-)

        friend is a teach in Texas. So last year when I was visiting my father, and he was on one of his rants, I went to his computer and pulled up this page:

        "Hogs At The Trough"

        I scrolled down to my friends name. My friend is one of the ones earning under $50,000 per year on that list. This friend is somebody my father is extremely fond of.

        My father's response: "Well, in California, they're paid a lot more."

        For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size." -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

        by hungrycoyote on Wed Jul 04, 2012 at 03:09:53 PM PDT

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