International Business Machines Corp. and American Airlines have put their unvaccinated employees on alert, with IBM threatening that workers who aren’t fully vaccinated by Dec. 8 will be placed on unpaid suspension and American warning that those who don’t have their COVID-19 jabs by Nov. 24 will face the ax.
Well, that’s one way to downsize. That will really help those employment numbers won’t they?
IBM has really gone downhill since I retired. Of course, it was headed that way a long time ago due to bad CEOs like John Akers. How well I remember the quality program called Market Driven Quality made up of six sigma, the Five Ups (Fuck Up, Throw up, Give up, and two others.)
We all had to attend a class called Transformational Leadership where we were taught that we needed to react to changing markets. Those were two wasted days I’ll never get back. Here’s a clue. If you walk into a classroom and the chairs and tables are arranged in a horseshoe and there are two Ken and Barbie “facilitators”, you are in for a long two days.
I wrote about this back when I still worked for IBM. Back then, I called it TCIDNN (The Company I Dare Not Name). Also back then when I would go to a blogmeet a lot of people thought I worked for their company because this bullshit was nationwide. Only two people guessed I worked for IBM. One, because her father worked there, and the other because he worked there and looked me up in our employee directory.
But I digress.
This class consisted of lectures, videos (the ubiquitous Paradigm video which I must have seen five times), and exercises. I could only participate in two of the exercises. The rest were beyond me because I was a cripple.
At this time I was an IBM instructor. I knew how to write classes and this one was an abomination. It was trying to teach change and flexibility but was very structured. It was a waste of my time because I couldn’t participate in the exercises.
After the class I tried to explain to Barbie how bad the class was. It wanted to teach us how to react to a changing market. I asked her what she and Ken would have done if they had walked and found everyone was in a wheelchair. “Your market has changed Barbie. React to it.”
All I got was a deer in the headlight look.
Another fad IBM bought into during the Aker years was breaking up the company into a bunch of little competing companies. Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, called this Battling Business Units. This was when IBM Education became sumpin’ called Skill Dynamics. Besides selling our products and services to customers, we sold them to each other. When Lew Gerstner took over IBM he put an end to this bullshit. He said, “We can’t make money selling stuff to each other.”
Gerstner did a pretty good job but he did buy into Diversity (All Hail Diversity!). This was when Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity were rebranded as Diversity (All Hail Diversity!). We had two Town Hall meetings on Diversity (All Hail Diversity!) I showed up for coffee and donuts at the second one, allowed my manager to see me, and ducked out and went to work. I’m sure it was a rerun of the first. I also had to attend a one day Diversity (All Hail Diversity!) Awareness Workshop. Another wasted day. This time Ken was queer and Barbie was a New York Jewish bull dyke.
Gerstner created IBM’s first VP in charge of Diversity (All Hail Diversity!). Of course he was an African.
IBM started having people work from home long before the Kung Flu. Office space is expensive. Had I taken up on my CDSM©’s offer to come back to work as a contractor, I would have worked from home. Most of my coworkers are now working work from home. Two of them moved up to the North Georgia mountains. Why live in the Atlanta metro area if you don’t have to?
So, are all of those people who work from home gonna have to get the jab? Why? This is total bullshit but that is what has happened to IBM.
I would like to see a bunch of IBM’ers file a lawsuit. The same with American Airlines employees.
Didja see what happed with Southwest Airlines over the weekend? A massive sickout which caused 2000 flight cancellations.
Maybe if this spread we would see an end to this bullshit.