Small-business owners are taking this daily grind to a whole new level. The number of employers at companies with fewer than 100 workers who plan to take a summer vacation has continued to fall in the past four years. Two in three bosses worry about their businesses when they're out of the office. Fully 75 percent check in by phone or E-mail even when they're on "vacation," many of them several times a day.
But is all this work good for business? As the last weeks of summer vacation days slip away-unused—yet again, researchers are insisting these extreme jobs have a dark side. All work and no play really can make Jack a dull boy: Apart from health risks that come with overwork, people who don't get out of the office tend to be less creative, less productive, and, ultimately, less effective. If there is one thing small-business owners can do to improve their companies' performance, experts say, it is take some time off.
I have been working through the open door process regarding the non payment of sales commissions for three months now. IBM HR has gone dark and refuses to close the open door.
Like me, many IBM'ers have been ripped off by management over the years with regard to non payment of sales commissions. Recent issues with the FMS system and delay after delay in payment and the inability of IBM management to clearly and concisely show how commissions are calculated are the basis for this lawsuit. Because IBM refuses to deal fairly and openly I have hired an attorney to represent us.
If you believe IBM has not paid you commissions for your sales results in the past four years, I invite you to join me in a possible class action lawsuit. Please reply to me and I can forward contact information to you for mutual legal representation. Please be prepared to detail your exact claim and the basis for such.
Kind Regards, Ritchie Schlette Ph. 214-454-7108
This charge prompted me, an economist, to see the documentary. My conclusion? Moore is far less guilty of flawed economics and disregard of relevant facts than is Goodman. Moore is also straightforward about his values and ideology, whereas Goodman masks his as scientific economics. This impels me to defend my profession by exposing the falsity of his claims, and some of the salient facts that he ignores.
Every top tier presidential candidate continues to cling to health care reform proposals that would reward and reinforce the very insurance companies and pharmaceutical industry that have caused our present health care disaster and put so many Americans at financial and health risk. [...]
No wonder Americans are worried, and why they are increasingly angry at the corporations that profit off pain and suffering. Insurance industry profits jumped from $20.8 billion in 2002 to $57.5 billion in 2006, according to a June report by the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, the research arm of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. In the same period, drug company profits went from $64.4 billion to $94.8 billion.
The questions were asked even in 1935, not exactly a time to instill confidence in the resilient power of private markets. Senator Thomas Pryor Gore, Democrat of Oklahoma, put it bluntly when Frances Perkins, the secretary of labor, testified on Capitol Hill that year about President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plan for a new program called Social Security.
The Democratic candidates for president believe in a government-mandated model that looks for inspiration to the socialized medical systems of Europe, Canada, and Cuba.
Most Republicans believe in expanding individual choice and decision-making. I believe we can reduce costs and improve the quality of care by increasing competition. We can do it through tax cuts, not tax hikes. We can do it by empowering patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats. Instead of being more like Europe, we need to be more like America
That sanctuary has been breached. Today, drug manufacturers do everything in their considerable power to ensure that their brand-name prescription medications are on the lips of patients and in the minds of physicians every time the two meet across an exam table. A growing chorus of critics says their efforts have begun to rewrite the dialogue between patient and doctor, influence physicians' judgments and open the act of prescribing to forces more profit-minded than sacred.
In a memorandum to Swedish managers and employees, the Seattle-based health care system said it is terminating its contract with United because its reimbursement rate is not only below commercial average, but is "the lowest of all commercial payers." While not specifying how much less than market rates United is paying, Veilleux characterized the gap as being "millions of dollars below." "United consistently refuses to increase its reimbursement to competitive levels to keep pace with the cost of providing services," the memo said. But Minneapolis- [...]
Swedish said it also takes into consideration in negotiating reimbursement rates such value-based factors as payment timeliness and accuracy, payer size, ease of operations, contract simplicity and physician compensation. "United has the lowest value-assessment score of our payers," the memorandum from Swedish management said.
So to all you corporate exec's in Armonk get up out of your cushy chairs and take a trip to any of your plants and listen to the hate that your fellow employees have for you and this company. You can forget about making any type of schedule anymore because your once greatest asset "your employees" could really care less anymore. You have created a monster by allowing profits to out weigh the value of a human being and there loyalty towards this once great company. So to Sam Palmisano and the other corporate exec's who make it a daily ritual of lying and ruining people's lives, I hope you can sleep at night knowing that one of these days you will not have a job to wake up to at IBM either. Remember "What comes around, goes around". -Anonymous-
Vault's IBM Business Consulting Services message board is a popular hangout for IBM BCS employees, including many employees acquired from PwC.
This reminds of a discussion I had with a SUN unix systems administrator. He said when there is a need to apply a patch, a SUN employee turns up within about 2 hours. IBM merely sends out a diskette/CD? and expects you to handle it yourself. He cited that as one reason for SUN's continued success.
In any case, I thought of the possibility that we might all be caught unaware and that IBM's implosion might turn out to be a whimper rather than a visible boom. Westinghouse's end was like that, as well as RJR/Nabisco after the cookie man raped and pillaged it.
There are more troubling troubling signs. Here's the next CRN article on IBM and SMB: http://www.crn.com/it-channel/201203007 "Top Ten Solution Provider Complaints About IBM" By Craig Zarley, Scott Campbell, Steven Burke, CMP Channel. From the August 06, 2007 issue of CRN. Not a good article for Sam's report card on the SMB side of the business.
On a much lighter note, there's a fabulously funny article by an obvious graduate "NoMoreBig Blue" of Global Blue Slaves on an interesting web site. http://www.gettingdrunkinfirstclass.com/2007/07/28/consultant-rite-of-passage/#comments I guess if you can't get rest or sell anything, a slave has got to do what a slave must do....
There are a few forces at play on this board. First, the sponsored trolls were pulled almost a year ago. They have popped up sporadically since then, but IBM finally figured out that they can't fight the truth in this kind of medium. All the usual tactics failed miserably - discrediting the messenger through personal attacks and claims of bias, pointing to ancient history and reputation as evidence of its greatness, censorship, and misrepresentation of their own identities. They finally realized (after I mentioned it a half dozen times), that the traffic on this board was directly correlated to the level of their effort to defend themselves.
Second, it's all been said, and there is a legacy of information on this board that only a dense or brainwashed idiot could ignore. There is absolutely no excuse for someone to misunderstand what it means to work here. I looked back through my post copies, and I have somewhere in excess of 2,000, not counting the ones that were just typed in directly. It's like that old commercial - "Hey, I did it, I reached the end of the internet"
Finally, the word is definitely out on the street about what IBM is like. All we are able to recruit now is retreads, and mediocre college new hires. Sure we do reel in a few with talent, but by and large those that we recruit are right-sized for IBM. Only the clients are suffering now, or at least only they realize that they were duped.
Heck, even the ________ have abandoned this site (you know - oli prefix) - beaten back with incontrovertible logic that all the unfounded jingoism in the world can't defend against.
So I stand ever ready at the keyboard with my trusty satellite link, waiting for the fish to swim by and take the bait. It's a little slow out here at the canyon, so if there are any bottom feeders out there that would like to engage in some healthy, yet rehashed debate, feel free to jump right in! The chum slick has been laid, and the bait is just laying there motionless in the slack tide!
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