Strange days

At work, that is. Three mini-crisis moments in just a few hours (well, actually one real big fat crisis, two small ones … but who’s keeping count?)

So, how is work going lately?

It’s interesting, for sure. But most everybody will tell you exactly that when you ask them about their jobs as well.

I’ve been working for a large corporation for a while now, and I’ve arrived there going all the way from the low hundred employees startup period to the low hundred thousand employees figure. It sure is a wild ride to go from startup to “working for the man” in just a few short years. Hell, before I even hit 30!

So, the thing that struck me today after a couple of lunchtime conversations is this: corporations become worlds in and of themselves. The one I work for in question employs more people worldwide than my hometown population currently sports, how is that for a comparison?

And so that has interesting effects. It is much harder to find people driven by a love of what they do. Don’t get me wrong, we all do a job, and we all do it mostly well. I’d say a large percentage of the time mistakes can’t be pegged on just one person’s incompetence, but more likely it’s the process being followed to get things done with it’s imperfections that’s at fault. But maybe that is my problem, maybe I am missing the forest for the trees. Who makes up the rules for the process?

Regardless, it is amazing what amount of wasted resources are diluted every day by corporations (and I am making a big assumption that others behave the way mine does, which I don’t think is too far fetched to think.) Yet profit margins must be high enough that we all keep at it again, and again, and again.

There are lay-offs, and the such. But you truly have to screw things up to get fired under normal circumstances.

Now, what if we had legislation in place that made it harder and harder for a corporation to keep getting progressively bigger and bigger (in size, not necessarily revenues) so as to keep the average size of a corporation around 1000 employees?

Would that make things better?

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