In the emerging economy, there’s no longer any correlation
between the size of a customer base and the number of employees necessary to
serve them. In fact, the combination of digital technologies with huge network
effects is pushing the ratio of employees to customers to new lows (WhatsApp’s
55 employees are all its 450 million customers need).
Meanwhile, the ranks of postal workers, call-center
operators, telephone installers, the people who lay and service miles of cable,
and the millions of other communication workers, are dwindling — just as retail
workers are succumbing to Amazon, office clerks and secretaries to Microsoft,
and librarians and encyclopedia editors to Google.
Are you at work right now and totally exhausted? You're
probably not alone.
A new survey of 1,139 employees from three companies in the
U.S. shows that 76 percent of workers feel tired many days of the week, and 15
percent even fall asleep during the day at least once per week.
Nearly one-third of people in the survey said they were
unhappy or very unhappy with their sleep quality or quantity, the survey
Overall, the biggest things keeping people awake at night
included worry and stress, physical discomfort, mental activity and
environmental disruptors. With regard to worry and stress, they found that
common worries included problems with family, deadlines at work, negative
things that happened during the day, and being afraid of missing the next
I have to pay for my own smartphone and all related bills in
order to handle on-call - and the company tells me what brands I'm allowed to
buy, and with whom I have to contract for the services. If they decide a
particular devices is no longer approved I have to buy a new one at my own
expense Last year I worked something like three months of overtime, quite a lot
of it during on-call. I'm not in management. We all know this is theft, but
no-one can afford to complain and get fired.
Now we have SCOTUS declaring that businesses are individuals
and that spending money on political races outside of our own districts is
"free speech" - but my company regulates what I say on social media -
everything from Facebook to LinkedIn and that is legal?
Are we going back to feudal times?
Theft Across the Board