Stupid business consultant

Sometimes I get YouTube recommended videos that I don’t know why the YouTube algorithm picked them for me.

This is one of those.

Yes low rent David Hasselhoff, millennial are the worst, fuck that Trevor guy.

Good thing you bill yourself as an “expert on finding, engaging, and keeping great employees.”

Wonderful, inside the box, no critical thinking analysis there, sure was worth the money.

Maybe there is another way to look at the Trevor situation.  I’m not saying Trevor’s entirely right, but maybe a smart man could see the point he’s trying to make.

I’ve worked hourly. Some shifts are easier than others.  Some shifts the line is out the door and you are running around like you are on fire.  Some shifts the store is empty and you putter around wiping stuff down to keep busy.

I’ve worked on assembly lines.  Some products are easy to assemble and you make a day’s quota with time to spare.  Some products are more complex and you bust your ass to meet quota.

Seems odd that both shits or both assemblies pay the same hourly wage?

Especially if the busy shift or the complex assembly makes more money for the business.

It’s almost as that model of employee pay says “we pay X for your butt to be here doing some minimum effort.  If you put in any more effort, and we make more money, it’s no benefit to you.”

Maybe a smart business consultant would realized that younger people really feel that we should be paid more for our effort than our time.   Corporate pay scale system sucks for the employee who busts ass and is great for the one who drags ass.  Why work any harder than you have to if additional effort generates no additional reward?

Because that’s what way it always has been?  Good job old man, how’s the buggy whip factory business doing or have you moved on to ice delivery yet?

If the employee/employer relationship in a capitalist society is “I agree to give you my labor in exchange for money” than shouldn’t there be a better metric of the value of that labor then hours spent at a particular location?

When I worked late night in a convenience store, the big fight was between 3rd shift and management.  Management didn’t see a lot of sales receipts so didn’t think 3rd shift was valuable.   Because 1st and 2nd shift were busy with customers, it was 3rd shifts responsibility to break down all the food service equipment (hot dog rotisserie, nacho machine, coffee machine, etc) and clean it, clean the bathrooms, mop the floors, etc.  That was a lot more gross and laborious a job than just standing behind a counter taking payment.  But management didn’t  take than into account and so they had a hard time retaining 3rd shift employees.

Maybe suggesting that employers come up with a better way to compensate employees for effort and accomplishment instead of just tie served would be what a smart business consultant would do.

But what do I know, I’m just a lazy millennial who has been foreman on two assembly lines, not a guy with PowerPoint and an mic in a convention center lecture hall.

4 Replies to “Stupid business consultant”

  1. “If the employee/employer relationship in a capitalist society is “I agree to give you my labor in exchange for money” than shouldn’t there be a better metric of the value of that labor then hours spent at a particular location?”

    Then how would business school graduates know how to manage engineers, programmers,, and other technical professionals? By results? That takes effort!

    1. “Then how would business school graduates know how to manage engineers, programmers, and other technical professionals? By results? That takes effort!”

      Not only does it take effort, It also takes knowledge of what needs to be done, and how much time and effort is required. Especially when developing new systems and equipment. I’ve even had to explain to a manager that no matter how much air I moved using only 95-drgree outside air, I couldn’t make the indoor temperature 85-degrees.

    2. Business school grads only look at the bottom line as that is all that matters. One of the arguments I had with a Kellog school MBA at BofA many years ago. He ended going to cargil in venezuela and I beleive the venezuelans either shot him or ran him out.

  2. The “some unskilled work is harder than other unskilled work” conundrum has a solution.

    Increase the pay when you can’t hire anyone at minimum wage to do it. Otherwise you don’t need to pay more.

    Will you have turnover? Yes. Will it matter much at this skill level? Not really.

    Am I being harsh? Yes.

    We have to try to remember that the purpose of a business is not to employ people. Employees are a side effect of a business being too large for the owner to do all the work themselves.

    The owner wants the best price on labor just like on potato chips.

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