Challenging the corporate image of organizational reality

Today I'm not in the main going to write about work per se. Two articles and their less obvious content prompt me to post them on my blog. The first article - lessons through a lens - is about a supply school teacher who secretly filmed a classroom. It of course goes on to discuss the ethics involved in such a venture. It is in this respect that I seek deep similarities with blogging about work-related situations. For instance, the teacher in question is accused by her employer of presenting a 'distorted portrayal' of how the school functioned. I sense that employers in general are really worried that the blog allows employees the potential to portray their organization in a way that goes against the company/corporate line.

The second article - there's no going back - concerns what are commonly referred to as the 'boomerang generation'. In other words, grown-up 'children' who return to the security of their parent's home after leaving home most notably to attend college or university. From a work-related perspective what interests me the most is highlighted in a direct quote from the article - the current problem for young people in the UK is that they can no longer earn incomes sufficient to sustain independence, even if they find work. Ultimately, should we assume that the expectations of the 20 somethings are too high, or, are wages set too low for a debt-orientated and consumer-led society, let alone people with even the most modest life styles?

The next article is work specific - nine-to-five in decline as UK embraces flexi-time - and for me as a lecturer/academic heralds the first results from what is arguably the most comprehensive work-related survey in the world - the British 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. Previous surveys were conducted in 1980, 1984, 1990 and 1998 and are particularly relevant to those who have seen four Conservative governments (1979-1997) and a series of reticent Labour administrations keen to marginalise or tone down the effects of trade unionism on British industry. The article, in brief, suggests that despite an enormous change in the world of work, workers continue to want to shape this world, albeit increasingly without the help of trade unions.

Last, but not least sees supermarket staff in strike vote - apparently, sufficient staff support the bargaining strategy of strike action as the GMB union believes workers at the Ambient Distribution Centre are amongst the lowest paid in the sector. Perhaps they should all go back and live with their parents!

1 comment:

Argos_Employee said...

Quote "the current problem for young people in the UK is that they can no longer earn incomes sufficient to sustain independence, even if they find work"

A very correct statement. Employers tend so see young people as disposable especially when they have recently joined a company. During this retail slow down I bet many of the people who have been layed off were the young who had recently joined the company.

And with crippling University debts and spiralling housing costs it will be no surprise that many youg people tend to stay at home. Who in their right mind would want to venture out? Let's say you have a university debt of £30,000 and have just bought a house of £150,000 paying a huge mortgage plus the university debt and credit card bills and with interest rate rises it can turn out to be a nightmare unless you were born with a silver spoon or won the lottery.

Even if you are a Graduate getting paid £20,000.00 a year this is not going to be enough and with retiremet age increasing to 70 being a young person hurts.

If you try to save then buy a house you will lose at the end anyway so there is no way out. You will taxed to high heaven.

Its becoming a catch 22 situation.

Pardon my spelling (if there are any mistakes) I am very tired today.