Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Fearful Sinkie Workers Think More Sheepish + Overwork Will Save Them

Recently there has been much talk in parliament about work-life balance & flexi work to encourage housewives back to workforce. The ruling Pro Alien Party wants to increase labour participation rates. Housewives are also a form of occupation(important one) but is not 'recognised' as it is not factored into GDP.

Grow GDP at all costs like cancer approach by the PAP is:
  • Housewives go out work = more disposable income to spend = GDP up
  • Hire maids or put kids in childcare = spending up = GDP up
  • Hired caregivers buy & use toilet paper = GDP up

Housewives aside, this tiny island is ridden with fear among much of the populace. Following 2 quotes by Seth Godin pretty much sums up the fear contagion among sinkie workers:

"A workaholic lives on fear. It's fear that drives him to show up all the time. The best defense, apparently, is a good attendance record".

Many stupid sinkie workers think by not utilising their leave days, they will be less likely retrenched than their colleagues - 8 in 10 cleared less than three quarters of their annual leave.

"Are you going to succeed because you return emails a few minutes faster, stay at work 1 hour longer than anyone else? I think that's unlikely. When you push to turn intellectual work into factory work (which means more showing up & more following instructions) you're racing to the bottom".

A race to the bottom is what the ruling elites are good at- suppressing worker salaries in 1st world costs of living to compete with low wage countries.

Their mentality is not so much pro business but is more about pro factory instead.