30 Nov 2011

Life as we know it

Life as we know it can change at any moment. We are in control of most of it, we make most of the decisions but sometimes decisions are made for us that we don't care for.

Yesterday, my husbands employer, of many years, filed for bankruptcy. That news scared the pants right off of me. They say they are re-structuring, cutting fat, cutting costs, benefits and salaries. I say, do what you need to do to survive. However before you cut the salaries of the men and women that go and bust their butts for you every single day, whom by the way, have already had their salaries and benefits cut, may I suggest that you stop the upper management bonus checks to the tune of $100,000,000's. Yes, you do deserve bonus checks but perhaps due to the dire financial straits of your company less would be more!

Before you do your blanket layoff's you should take a closer look at your employees. Many, if not most of them are thankful to work for you but as the wife of an employee I get to hear the gossip. I hear how guys badge in and out early. Say they are working but aren't actually even at the airport. Guys that are sleeping rather than working. This I have seen with my own eyes as I have been through various airports. They find a quiet corner in the departure lounge and between flights, whilst on the clock, they sleep. The guys with the high seniority that refuse to do ANY work because and I quote here, "I've been here for 20 years, you do it".

Now I do understand that with financial problems as large as yours that these issues are not going to fix a thing but when you asked the employees for cost cutting ideas and went from serving 1 olive in your martinis and not 2 to save a buck, you proved that you obviously do care about the small stuff.

Why don't you send some of your big guns down to the trenches. Put them to work and let them see with their own eyes the guys going through the baggage and doing a little "shoppy", the guys sleeping, the ones slacking off and of course the ones just that just plain aren't there.

How the hell can you run a company when you don't have a clue what is going on?

Oh and why doesn't my husband say a word, he's thankful to have a job, that's why. If I could have sent an email that couldn't get traced back to me and then connected to him I would have taken photo after photo of sleeping employees this summer and sent all of them straight to headquarters because frankly, lazy bastards piss me off!

And can someone please tell me why I don't believe a word of what this new CEO says?


Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Amen sister! And many of theses lazy bastards are hiding behind the illusion of the poor economy. Not poor for them.

My hubby would hold his tongue too. Fortunately he got a job offer today (same company...same pay...NO commute!) so things are golden for him, but I can't help but think of the many raises he's missed and the cuts he's endured...

Andie said...

That's not good news. It's so frustrating when you can't say anything. I just hope he gets to keep his job.

val said...

When I heard that the first thing I thought of was you......do hope it doesn't affect you guys!

Catherine said...

I am so sorry! ((hugs))

Praying all works out well for you.

Anonymous said...

Yeah I heard about this over here....its happening everywhere...hope he is one of the lucky ones who get to keep their job.xbb

Vivian M said...

I am so hoping your hubby does not lose his job. And that all the sleeping, lazy employees do. And when they do layoffs, they usually always start at the top and work their way down. They don't need managers as much as they need service workers. Huge hugs!

One Happy Mama said...

Sorry to hear this, I hope your husband's job is not affected, but I know it will be one way or another now. We are pretty screwed up in our priorities in this country and it's all hitting the fan.


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