Ironically, the money is going to those whose “productivity” could be argued as inherently counter-productive to the overall well-being of the company: the quarterly-earnings report and stock-price-obsessed “investors” who are only interested in a company long enough to flip the shares to someone else who is equally uninterested in the overall business of the firm, and only interested in the out-going price of their share of it.

When investors quit treating stocks as speculative baseball card collections, and actually take an active interest in the overall health, well-being, and productivity of the companies they’ve “invested” in, we’ll see the correlation between wages and productivity normalized, and workers concerned with their company’s performance, instead of the purely mercenary mindset we’re forced into by today’s business realities.

Until then, we’ll continue to see wages suppressed because it is to the benefit of the company’s balance sheet (and therefore their quarterly earnings reports that drive stock prices) to squeeze every drop of productivity out of a worker while paying them as little as they can get away with, in order to return the highest possible dollar figure to the “owners” who have no real vested stake in the firm beyond the next best offer they’ll get for their shares.

why yes… I am a cynic :) What gave it away?

Dad, husband, game commando, veteran, Army brat, writer, teacher

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