Friday, May 06, 2011

When Work Really Doesn't Work Anymore . . .

. . . some employees just, well, kill themselves.

Such is the plight of Foxconn, a Taiwanese company that makes some of the world's most sought-after high tech gadgets, mostly in China.

After 16 suicides or so and protests by SACOM (Students and Scholars against Corporate Misbehavior), Foxconn determined that rather than deal with 80 hour workweeks, frequent and open humiliation of employees, and working conditions which sometime include the inability to sit down, the best way to handle the problem was to compel all employees to sign "the pledge" in which they promise not to kill themselves.

That's right, they have to promise that no matter how bad things get, they won't commit suicide, not anymore.

I am not sure of much these days, what with so many workplaces holding together like cheap suits, but my guess is that this is not the solution.

Have a great weekend and before you leave today, don't forget and sign "the pledge."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, it won't be me I kill!

3:21 PM  

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