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  •  I have always felt that the title says it all... (10+ / 0-)

    human though the humans are simply items to be used and replaced, not people, workers, talented, hardworking PEOPLE that can be trained, motivated and encouraged to thrive in their work/career....people are simply one more line item to be crossed off in the great Wall Street Numbers Game.

    Corporate America sucks. Small business that is where the real humans are.

    But Corporate America has already stolen the wealth of the nation.  How to right this floundering ship?

    I do like your diary series, btw.

    "one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress" -- John Adams

    by blue armadillo on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 09:51:00 AM PST

    •  They're now calling it "Talent Management" (10+ / 0-)

      which to me sounds like an agent that books dancing dogs and clowns and accordian players.

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:00:01 AM PST

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    •  Long ago, when they dropped "Personnel" (2+ / 0-)

      for "Human Resources", I mentioned to someone "probably because they want to exploit them like they do natural resources."

      And it's happening everywhere, not just the corporate world. From hospitals encouraging staff to reference their patients as "clients." to Burger King having their cashiers call out, when the bag of grease is ready "Guest number 40!" (Whooeey--I am a guest of Burger King--I feel SO important!), we are being PowerPoked in the eye. Most "learning opportunities" where I work involve someone going through a PowerPoint presentation with an LCD projector that has some horrid color-scheme that the presenter is incapable of fine-tuning. As one goes through the xerox copy they are given of the PP, the presenter reads along.

      And we used to talk about how those Communists indoctrinated people.

      In addition, we seem to be veering from Corporatist to MICist. The PR point person where I work loves to label any sort of upswing/increase as a "Surge."

      Pointless re-naming of things. I work with someone who constantly uses the bullshit/redundant phrase "Moving forward..."

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