What kind of world do we live in?

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I quote from Gaining Competitive Advantage through Human Resource Management Schuler and MacMillan, journal of Human Resource Management, 1984. Emphasis added.

"Socialization represents
 the process used by companies to expose new employees to their culture
 and ways of doing things. When done successfully, it results in intensely
loyal employees
who are dedicated to the company. Companies that
have perfected the socialization process include IBM, Procter & Gamble,
and Morgan Guaranty Trust. Often the socialization process begins before
the employee is hired. At Procter & Gamble for example, an elite cadre
of line managers trained in interviewing skills probes applicants for entry
level positions in brand management for such qualities as the "ability
to turn out high volumes of excellent work." Only after successfully
completing at least two interviews and a test of general knowledge is
the applicant flown to P&G headquarters in Cincinnati, where (s)he
confronts a day-long series of interviews. If an applicant passes this
extensive screening process, (s)he is confronted with a series of rigorous
job experiences calculated to induce humility and openness to new
ways of doing things. Typically this phase of socialization involves long
hours of work at a pressure cooker pace
. Throughout this phase and
others of the socialization process, the new employee is constantly made
aware of transcendentt company values and organizational folklore. Such
values and folklore include the emphasis on product quality and the
dedication and commitment of employees long since past."

The lucky few that survive the recruitment are then carefully screened for any trace of personality. The successfully faceless recruits can expect a short, low-paid spell of employment at the mill before they will either be sucked into a loom and eviscerated, or die of malnutrition by failing to secure their sales-linked bonus pay. We've come a long way since the 1800s. 


Submitted by jeff on Sun, 04/22/2007 - 23:13.

I don't think this makes

I don't think this makes much sense: why is the new employee loyal to the company after this ordeal? Surely it merely reenforces the them/us mentality? Perhaps I'm missing the point because I don't want to accept it...