This article ties in to last week’s blog; so if you haven’t read that one yet, you might want to start there.
Some people have remarked to me that I quite brazenly display my anti-establishment views, and that doing so might hurt my future career prospects. Well, let me give you the benefit of both my personal experience and a whole lot of research.
I’ve been hired by companies, lauded with praise, given formal recognition in some cases and then let go when they wanted to save a few bucks. Sometimes for shady reasons. I find it an odd coincidence that I lost my software testing job the day after I discovered an error that would over-estimate customer service fees. But I’m sure those two events are unrelated.
This is a system run by psychopaths. If you want proof of that, here you go. Even the managers who don’t score within the psychopathic range are quite happy to go along to get along. That’s how you become a manager; you learn to follow and enforce the rules no matter what you personally believe. And when you have a crowd of people who are willing to keep their heads down and their mouths shut, it tends to be the loudest voices that set policy. The loudest voices are usually the psychopaths.
They don’t care about me! I’m just a tool to achieve their ends. My health and well-being mean nothing to them.
I could make myself into the perfect cog in their machine, and it wouldn’t be enough. I could dress in the sharpest suits, speak all the buzzwords, stay late and go in on weekends. I could suppress my geeky side so that no one will think I’m weird and hide my political beliefs to avoid anything controversial. It wouldn’t mean a damn thing. They’re going to pay me subsistence wages, bully me to gain a better position in the pecking order and then terminate my employment the instant they find the flimsiest justification to do so. Because it’s not even about me; it’s about the just-over-poverty annual salary that I represent, and they’ll take any excuse they can to get that back.
They’re going to screw me over no matter what I say here; so I may as well say whatever I want. Let me put this in terms of cost-benefit. I know that some of my readers like to see things that way. Writing about these issues provides a profound benefit to me. It provides a sense of purpose, a way of coping with the feelings of helplessness that come from living in a stagnating society. I find more meaning in writing these blogs than in any of the jobs I’ve held in the last fifteen years. I am doing good here, and that matters to me.
So now, in light of the fact that hiring managers Google new applicants – and any one of them might find these articles and take issue with my anti-establishment views – I have to compare the benefit I get from writing these blogs to whatever benefit I might receive from appeasing said hiring managers.
Job security is an absolute joke in a system where the psychopaths are considered great leaders. They will terminate you just to save a few bucks. On top of that, workplace bullying is a threat to job security because one of the most common forms of bullying is to falsely accuse coworkers of mistakes. People tell me all the time that I have to learn to play the game if I want to hold on to a job. Guess what: I can’t play the game. I will never be able to play the game.
I’m geeky, awkward and completely oblivious to the political maneuvering of my coworkers. I have very little ability to anticipate how people will react to what I say or do. So I’ve learned to just do whatever I think is most beneficial and to hell with whether or not it makes me popular. The alternative is social paralysis. Second-guessing my every move until I’m too afraid to do anything. People like me – introverts who just want to be left alone – cannot survive in a system that requires constant social vigilance. And even if I could somehow adapt, automation is increasing at such an exponential rate that most white-collar and professional jobs are in danger of becoming obsolete.
Any job I take will, at best, be a temporary, unstable form of income. On top of that, it will almost certainly be a caustic environment that will chip away at my mental health. Put all these things together, and no… in my assessment, it is not worth silencing myself. That doesn’t mean I won’t apply for new jobs; it just means that if some hiring manager happens to see this and puts a black mark against my name, my honest answer is “Oh well.” Because I honestly believe that the only way someone like me is going to have any kind of long-term stability is to effect real, positive change. The best chance I’ve got for a happy life is to find like-minded individuals and work toward a common goal, hopefully making a decent income along the way. I can’t do that if I’m not honest about what I believe.
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