September 13, 2007

Book Review: Surveying Your Owners

In a review of three related books on the American workplace, Simon Head touches on healthcare, white collar work, the Democratic presidential candidate's economic stances, job security, pensions and ... oh yeah, the way that the profit from all of your productivity gains are going to someone else:

... What is striking is how [the virtually unlimited powers of computers to monitor the activities of employees and their use of information] have been used in ways that put skilled workers in many professions at a disadvantage. In an economy more and more populated by "knowledge workers" -- people who work primarily with information, for which they develop special skills and expertise -- one would expect the productivity, or output per person, and real income of employees to move upward together, as an increasingly skilled workforce benefits from its own improved efficiency. But since 1995, the year when the "new economy" based on information technology began to take off, incomes have not kept up with productivity, and during the past five years the two have spectacularly diverged. Between 1995 and 2006, the growth of employee productivity exceeded the growth of employee real wages by 340 percent. Between 2001 and 2006, the first six years of George W. Bush's presidency, this gap widened alarmingly to 779 percent. ...

They don't want your knowledge anymore, or your creativity, unless you work making software that obviates the ability of workers in other industries to develop their knowledge and creativity. They just want you to show up, be obedient, cheerful, unquestioning and undemanding. Like your computer, of which you are now merely an accessory.

We're all June Cleaver, now. Just not at home.

(h/t The Sideshow)

Posted by natasha at September 13, 2007 08:48 AM | Entertainment | Technorati links |

Gee, natasha - we both found this piece to be worth commenting on. :-)

Posted by: Mary at September 14, 2007 03:12 AM

This is were I work at with out doubt.

Posted by: jo6pac at September 14, 2007 02:00 PM