Reading one of Jordi’s classes past blogs, I came across this post. It discusses the importance of employees to the workplace, using a financial example that states that the majority of the cost of building a business goes into maintaining its workforce. (I could go on and on about how important a company’s workforce is to its success, as I am learning about it in my human resources class, but that wouldn’t be as interesting as everything else that is running through my mind…) Instead, I think wilson7’s post is very pertinent to our class, as we are mostly seniors about to enter the working world. Being a pre-med student, I can’t imagine going to work every day in an office space, or even worse, a cubicle. I want to be on my feet and meeting new people most of the day; doing research and paperwork for the other part. Going to work behind a desk for 40 hours a week for the next 40 years is a daunting thought and therefore I agree completely that a good working environment is an extremely enticing feature of a business to a future employee.
The workplace of a company such as Ideo is one that, if I had to be a businessperson, I could enjoy. As Jordi was discussing in class, we have an innate desire to “play” as animals, and I can’t understand why it is frowned upon to be an adult that still “plays”. Ideo, as an example, allows its employees to “play” while they work, and it has also become a leader in its industry. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Whenever I think about what it is going to be like to be a working person, I start to begin to hate society. It is oriented entirely around money. Most people work nine hour days doing something they don’t wholeheartedly enjoy, in order to be able to enjoy life for the two days off that they get. I realized recently that in order to “do” anything, be it go to a museum, to dinner, even to the park if it isn’t within walking distance, you have to have money. So we work because we want to relax, have fun, and life comfortably when we aren’t working. Society has become overly materialistic (and after losing all of my posessions in our recent flood I realize this to the fullest extent).
In this respect, where money is the center of today’s society, it’s not surprising that major corporations are “adjusting” regulations, condoning “sneaky” accounting, and making questionably unethical decisions in order to make a profit. It’s sad that people (and by people I mean the managers making decisions for their company) can become so oriented on the goal of making money that they lose sight of the fact that there is more to life.