Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is for Corporations

Corporations surely do like their duct tape. They only pay you for the hours you spend at your desk but the duct tape slapped across your mouth stays on 24/7.

All hell broke loose yesterday when someone I greatly admire, Andrew Wagner-Chazalon, was told his services were no longer required. This man really was the face of Muskoka. He brought intelligence and artful sensitivity to his job as editor of a successful magazine, making friends everywhere he went. 

Andrew started a blog yesterday to talk about his experience of being let go. If you'd like to drop him a line of encouragement, click here.

I would like to rant and rave about the unfairness of it all but I can't because of that damned duct tape. Suffice it to say my heart is overburdened with sorrow.

Some day soon I want to stop writing about depressing things, but today is not that day.

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I'm taking part in the A to Z Blogging Challenge for the month of April. For more information, click here.

20 comments:

  1. There was a time when you could start working at a job for a corporation and expect to retire from it. Now you can't count on that. What's worse is they let you go when you are getting close to 50 or even in your 50s, so your prospects of landing another job with the same good salary and benefits are slim. It's sickening. There's just no corporate loyalty to the employees.

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  2. My husband had to sign a confidentiality clause when he started working where he is. About a year ago, the company tried to get everyone to sign an amended agreement that they wouldn't talk about what goes on there even after employment ends. If you have to hide what you're doing, you probably shouldn't be doing it.

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  3. I read his post via the link you shared yesterday. I hope all of your readers embrace Andrew. They won't be sorry. Chin up Cathy! Don't those dirty rotten duct tape dispensers get you down :)

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  4. I will head on over, and I am sorry for the stickiness and icky residue duct tape leaves.

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  5. that sucks! I'll pop over for a peek

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  6. the way corporations operate boggles the mind -

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  7. Thanks so much, Cathy. But I can't imagine that mere duct tape will keep you from sounding off! (Not even that seriously sticky stuff that your employer seems to purchase in bulk).

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  8. These things stink to high heaven. Even with the duct tape, we can read between the "mmmmph! mmmph!"s.

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  9. If corporations were run with a modicum of responsibility, they wouldn't have to worry so much about maintaining their reputations. What's a reputation worth if it isn't real?

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  10. Really tough way to be handed your "C" word. And in the nick of time. The rat bastards.

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  11. C is for cruelty. That is just plain and out-n-out cruelty. I will check in with Andrew.

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  12. Tough times call for lots of duct tape. Changes happening all the time...wishing good things for all.

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  13. Bummer. Hopefully tomorrow will be that day.

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  14. I currently really like my employers but there were dark years. I hate to hear about anyone losing their job.

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  15. How I admire your loyalty. You are a true friend. Heading over to Andrew's blog now. C is for Compassionate - which you exemplify.

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  16. I'm with Elephant's Child — you are a kind friend.

    Interesting aside. Most Wednesday mornings, I have tea with a friend. We are both trained as ethicists, and we talk about the ethics and issues we see around us. Today, for the first time, we did not have one positive thing to discuss. I need to think some more about that.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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