Paternalism and Corporate America

Mike Cassidy of the Merc wrote a thoughtful piece about how companies need to be “taking care” of their workers better in these tough economic times. Now, I have no problem with fairness as both an employer and employee, and I think workplaces are far too riddled with unfairness, petty jealosies, back-office politics, and ego, and too little thought is taken to treating everyone in the business with professionalism and respect.

Mike’s underlying motive for suggesting this is a noble one – “To me the current situation is more like business are prepared to drag their employees out in the courtyard and shoot them when they no longer need them. I think a few steps back to the days when employees were valued as a company asset wouldn’t be so bad.”

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Lynne Jolitz is a Silicon Valley OS pioneer, inventor, and startup founder.

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