The interview was in a conference room, and unlike conventional environments, there were five twenty year-olds, brainstorming. My presence and contribution was to impress my hosts enough to secure a job offer. The contrary was the fact. Despite the marathon discourse, and its uniqueness, even the medicinal sips of a grape product did not result in any success. Unquestionably, I was fascinated by the strategy and display of ingenuity in selecting candidates for employment.
It is not necessarily a coincidence that I am motivated to recount the drama and tolerance of a job search. This has achieved national importance, of magnanimous proportions, and will continue to be so, notwithstanding economic improvement. Seeking employment is inevitable, even in the most secure and demanding of professions. An educated workforce no longer experiences entitlement, and exclusivity in the market, and the concept of security has now become a theoretical illusion.
In 1979 job opportunities were in abundance across the nation, and in Phoenix, Arizona where I plied my profession as a Field Engineer, the economic cry was that all roads led to the Valley of the Sun. Business practices were impartial, and employee satisfaction enjoyed commendable reviews. There was the sense of loyalty, which created an attractive and seductive atmosphere that eventually made every workday exciting. The country club, as this facility was called, promoted the culture of the organization that made employees a priority, not the business.
Current corporate administrations represent an abysmal failure, combined with ineptitude in personnel management. Deception and partiality have now been ingrained in management styles, and accountability is addressed with indifference. Meetings are peppered with the phrase “sense of urgency” and by micromanaging employees are seen as devoid of intellectual skills to perform mediocre tasks. It should not be debatable that morale in organizations is at their lowest ebb, and unscrupulous managers continue to wrestle with the notion of loyalty, or lack thereof.
The most appropriate analogy that can be drawn, when addressing issues of managerial incompetence, recalls how long the nose will grow with every untruth uttered. There exists a famous children’s story with current relevance. Much delegation of responsibilities has occurred in the business world, with companies assuming less and employees more. The former promising and not delivering, and the latter subjected to economic abuses for complaining. Unfortunately, targeted employees of these corrupt organizations, are left with few recourses, maybe resignation. Because the master manipulators have accomplished the skills necessary to allow them to avoid legal scrutiny and its ramifications.