“Business is Business” – Really? What About People?

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  1. I enjoyed this. Chris, if you don’t mind the question: did you notice much difference with compensation/benefits in your job search from mega corps to privately owned?

    • Chris says:

      Thanks Mike.
      I didn’t end searching much. I landed with a great small company that had previously hired some of my former colleagues. They were taking advantage of the plant closing and stocking up on good people. So, while I did do some searching, I never got very far with any of the other companies. Also, my compensation and benefits are very similar to what I had before. Actually probably a little better.
      Thanks for stopping by. 😀

      • Mike @ MikedUp Blog says:

        Thanks for the response, Chris and good luck in the new role! We’re modeling our business’ behavior after the small business approach and the chief goal will be to keep that in place as we grow. Thanks for the article.

  2. Linda Kingsford says:

    Chris, I have seen what you are talking about happen time after time. Wait till you get closer to retirement age and you see your friends and family let go from “cutbacks” so the company won’t have to pay a pension. Happened to my uncle over fifty years ago and is still happening today right here at our local shipyard. May you have a better experience with your smaller company.

    • Chris says:

      It’s frustrating isn’t it . . . for a business, when is enough enough? Would they ever be satisfied to just make a profit and not always want more and more? I’m saddened by the stories of livelihood and jobs ended. . .
      Thanks for the comments.

  3. I’ve spent my career in big companies. It’s always been a business arrangement but that does not mean I have not been treated well at times. Managers can be flexible with an early departure for a personal matter and that kind of thing.

    The best I was treated was when I was a consultant and literally the companies product. That company cared about our development and gave healthy compensation increases and fringe benefits. It was still business though. They charged out my time at about 10X what they paid me. So those increases were all about retaining me which was a business decision.

    Never think that you are anything more than a cog in the wheel for your company. On the other hand, do your best for them. They are paying you to do so and it can lead to increased responsibilities and pay for you too.

    • Chris says:

      I agree with what you mentioned. And it all depends on your point of view. You agree to work for a specific pay. I think that in my case, we were undervalued as employees though. And the business now is suffering because of it.
      Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate the comment.👍

  4. Interestingly I started at a small company and then moved to a larger company a few years later. To say I felt suffocated would be an understatement. More recently I consulted with a small company and three months in, it was easy to see why the employees were frustrated and the good ones had left.

    I think with bigger companies and their many layers, its just impossible to value employees over the bottom line (especially if you have to pick one over the other). At small/mid-sized companies, its possible to do both but some still manage to screw it up 🙂

    Thanks for this post – appreciated.

    • Chris says:

      I appreciate the feedback.
      And I agree, I think it comes down to the specific people that are managers and leaders. How they respond and treat people goes a long way towards the general morale of the employees – large company or small. 😁

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