The dictionary defines the word as “a commercial business.”
Wikipedia, as usual, is a bit more verbose:
“A company is an association or collection of individuals, people or “warm-bodies” or else contrived “legal persons” (or a mixture of both). Company members share a common purpose and unite in order to focus their various talents and organize their collectively available skills or resources to achieve specific, declared goals. Companies take various forms such as [a] … [b]usiness entity with an aim of gaining a profit.”
Source: Wikipedia – Company
“Warm bodies?” Holy shit. Wikipedia nails it. Again!
The business manager stormed into the meeting and saw a lot of empty chairs. “God damn it,” he bellowed. “Get me more warm bodies in here!”
Most of us born and bred in the United States wholly swallow – hook, line and sinker – the premise that a company is an organization comprised of human beings with the shared goal of making money, i.e., acquiring profit.
My purpose here today is debate the other point of view, that this concept we’ve so fully accepted is complete and utter horseshit.
To sway you to my argument, I’m merely going to ask you to consider empirical evidence. It’s a simple point I’m going to attempt to make.
Look around you. Look at the things your company does. Really look at them. Study them. Ponder them. Then ask yourself this question: Based on the actions and decisions this company makes, what can we logically conclude is the true objective?
Is it “profit” as we’ve been led to believe?
- An employee reports wrongdoing within the company and is disciplined and shunned.
- An incompetent peer is promoted and becomes your supervisor based for reasons other than performance.
- Management refuses to solicit and consider input from front line employees. Their edicts are rammed through even though they harm the company’s bottom line. The employees who tried in vain to warn against the course of action are forced to clean up the mess.
- Management plays individuals and departments against each other.
- Employee suggestions are ignored for the proper period of time then implemented as boss ideas.
- Employee opinions are solicited for the sole purpose of the company doing the exact opposite.
- H.R. rolls out a “contest” where employees have the chance to earn random prizes but the game is rigged based on company politics. Prizes are funneled to favorites while outsiders are left in the cold.
- Productive employees are terminated on the thinnest of ginned-up charges by higher ups.
- Managers ignore low-hanging fruit in spite of urging by front line employees, choosing instead to go on personal quests of high-hanging fruit so above the trees it has a higher orbit than the International Space Station.
- Bosses and supervisors take energetic delight in putting unethical activities on full display to subordinates.
My hypothesis is simple:
The #1 objective of companies is to feed the egos of power hungry assholes. Persons higher up the ladder exist solely at the expense of those underneath. Profit, if and when it rises to the level of becoming an actual goal, is always a second (or lower) priority.
Based on what I have witnessed in my career this is the only possible explanation that fits the facts. The good news is that since there is no profit sharing plan, you really don’t have to give a shit. If someone you hate wants to slit their own throat, you get to sit back and enjoy the show.
77% of workers don’t trust the CEO and 61% don’t trust any senior manager.
–Something I Saw On The Internet
Look around your company and ask yourself, “Is management good for the company? Are they helping the best way that they can for the company?” Are the actions and decisions of owners, bosses and supervisors supporting the goal of profit? Or something else?
I’m willing to bet my paycheck the data you collect will surprise you.
What empirical evidence have you collected? Please document it in the comments section below.