Human Capital

About: google searches for staffing answers - wsj.com

Apparently Google thinks of it's employees as human capital, thus contradicting their "Don't be Evil" motto. This is the ultimate direction not to go in. Or in the words of Kelly Clarkson: "Don't Do That"

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Life on this basis is impossible so long as the economic cycle is governed by the consideration of capital and wages alone. As a result of this orientation, land, means of production and commodities for human use " things for which there is in reality no common standard of comparison" are exchanged for one another. Even human labor power and the use of our spiritual and intellectual faculties are made dependent on the abstract standard of capital and wages " a standard that eliminates, both in human judgment and in our practical activity, our natural, sensible relationship to our work. -R.S.
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Obviously to me, the ones that are leaving are those that are being treated like human capital & are no longer being used for innovation nor valued for their human potential.

Tags

  1. capital
  2. human capital
  3. labor
  4. google
  5. dont do that

Comments


Seth says
I don't see the evil here.  All Google is doing is using data to find those who are no longer  excited about their jobs.  Knowing that, they can be challenged.  I can remember several career positions where my creative juices were not sufficiently challenged and subsequently i left the company for greener pastures.  I would have loved for those companies to have identified my malaise and to have given me something more interesting to do.

Me thinks the evil you see is more semantic than real.

Mark de LA says
seth 2009-05-19 09:06:20 11973
I don't see the evil here.  All Google is doing is using data to find those who are no longer  excited about their jobs.  Knowing that, they can be challenged.  I can remember several career positions where my creative juices were not sufficiently challenged and subsequently i left the company for greener pastures.  I would have loved for those companies to have identified my malaise and to have given me something more interesting to do.

Me thinks the evil you see is more semantic than real.
Well, I don't particularly like the term evil in their motto, but the mere distinction that humans are capital does fall in that category. If they were using their statistics to find out how better to use the human potential of their employees in order to keep a more "sensible relationship" to work of those brilliant employees who have the freedom to realize that somewhere else then I couldn't call it evil!

Mark de LA says
Now here's one for you conspiracy theorists that could make your mind spin!

Google joins Bilderberg cabal

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