Here's the latest installment of the SmallBiz Mailbag, a collection of some of the most recent and thought-provoking letters from our readers. We want to hear from you about which stories made you think and what issues affect your small business.
A Warm Reception for Female Execs
Women often tend to spend more time thinking whether they are really doing something that adds more meaning to their life. This feeling makes them do more for the community and enhance the value of their life. They get more involved with community welfare efforts and then very easily make connections with other leading women. This motivates them, and hence they think in a broader sense for independent work.
I was quite amazed to see that women are leading a company that has revenue of about $300 million. That's really inspirational. But at the same time, I also noticed that there were very few companies among the Massachusetts Top 100 listed under technology. Most of the companies were in consulting, marketing, and financing. This shows that women really do well when it comes to maintaining public relations, and I strongly believe they should feel proud about that. This kind of a public acceptance and appreciation is motivating them to start their own business.
No Savings in Unethical Cost-Cutting
Great column, David, especially considering my experience in IT in such cutthroat industries as textiles and transport. Here in Quebec, the most unionized state/province of North America, the adage for blue-collar and even white-collar workers is "if you're not unionized, you will be victimized" by cost-cutting management.
I'm not really pro-union, but I have seen so much rampant employer-on-employee abuse in many companies that it almost seems as if such practice is written into the labor code. I myself have often worked extra hours for the benefit of the company and never received any compensation beyond "but you will get an extra thank-you or a bonus come yearend."
Fortunately, this isn't the case where I work now, where abuse seems nonexistent, but the deep and scathingly hateful mentality of employer vs. employee is well entrenched here in Quebec, having endured for so many years since the original days of trapping and lumber exporting.
Mr. Gumpert's column started out fine, but why did he find it necessary to drop in the snide anti-business, anti-employer comment about bragging at golf courses? Could he simply not resist his own shoot at class warfare? I play golf fairly often, and I have never heard any of the type of bragging he [claims] is widespread. Besides, the things he mentions that are being discussed sound like very good and totally ethical ways of cutting costs.
This column mixes what I would consider good business practices, such as finding bargains on computers and getting good deals on office rent, with telling lies to employees and cheating them out of money that is owed to them. Am I missing some point? Do employees benefit from our paying too high a price for computers or office space?
Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Pass the Throne, Wisely
Being in a third-generation family business, this column really hits the nail on the head. Very much appreciated!
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