"A worker is worthy of her wage"
by petrosianii, Window Shopper
- Created: September 17, 2009, 5:07 pm
I was offered an interview last night at an insurance brokerage. The company CEO and COO (which will remain nameless) asked me to do a presentation on how our firm could improve their Internet marketing success. I was, of course, very excited at the prospect of a new client, and this particular client on the face of it seemed successful, a lucrative partnership.
Unfortunately, things didn't go so well. After a long, 2+ hour interview, it turned out that the company really wanted the modern day equivalent of 'slave labor'. They wanted our firm to commit to hours and hours of research and development, and only be paid IF we delivered a certain result.
Now, I understand that sales people often work on a sort of 'draw/commission' model, but is it just me or is there anyone else out there that sees this type of work arrangement unethical and degrading to laborers? Or am I the only one? Does anyone else think that a worker should be paid for her labor, regardless of whether she can deliver a set outcome that 'The Company' sets?
Now, I realize this is a bit idealistic. But it just seems to me that the Labor Movement was all about creating equality and upholding the rights of workers, and that this sort of arrangement is an assault against that movement. It makes me feel as if we haven't learned anything from our history.
Now, as a small business owner, I understand that a business exists to make money and yada yada. I mean, believe me, I understand all that Corporate-rah-rah Capitalism-is-the-way, It's-the-Free-Market jazz. I studied my Adam smith and JM Keynes and my Business Law and Finance classes, etc.
It just seems to me that we all too easily slide down the slippery slope of 'you're only valuable if you produce X result..' There is a part of me, the part that is keen on Organizational Management, the spiritual side of me, perhaps, that feels that there is something fundamentally immoral, or at best, flawed, with this tendency.
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