Re: "HCM" lingo has to go
"Do you think this whole dehumanizing of people began when mass layoffs came into vogue and cutting employees was viewed as one of the easiest ways to improve results for shareholders?"
I think that's some of it, which raises the question of how much social pressure shareholders deserve for this kind of practice. Once upon a time, a decent number of employees at these companies actually were shareholders, but statistics tell us that today, this is far, far from the case. Some shareholders have experienced this sort of disrespect themselves, I imagine, but one also wonders at many companies how many people executing or benefiting from dehumanizing policy are even aware of - let alone troubled by - their actions. If we're talking about someone who gets a higher dividend or some executive who gets a bonus due to these sorts of policies, I think they have an ethical obligation to think about where their good fortune came from.