A good sign that your boss is full of shit is when you promise to "change the world".
In general, this sales point is based on the relatively new American ideology that you – yes, you! – be the only and special being, and therefore you deserve a work that is significant and brings value to the world. But coming from the technology sector – where such thinking enters the very root of the parody – is treated according to the legitimate reality that the new technology no bring changes, though not always for the better. But, in general, it seems to only serve as a defense mechanism that those using technology use to justify their high pay and lifestyle styles.
Which brings us to the recent announcement by Elon Mas about what he is looking for in the worker:
The muscle will go on later tweet that "if you want what you do, it (most often) does not feel like a job" specifying that while the ideal working time varies per person, what he requires is "about 80 sustainable, top over 100 at times."
To begin with, the idea that these working hours are useful is objectively suspicious in the best case: The Stanford economist John Penchanwell's analysis, from 2014, reviewed data from the factory during the First World War and recent literature to conclude that over 50 hours in a week leading to shrinkage returns, and can actually reduce production. Other studies – not to mention the federal government's warnings about health and well-being – in a similar way suggest that working all the time is bad for you and bad for your work. In fact, a review of relevant data from 2017 CUNY approved a 2005 study citing a 60-hour work week that resulted in an increase in job hazard rate of 23 percent.
But the muscle is smart. He does not speak that kind of efficiency. He talks about maximizing what he, the man with $ 24 billion, spends on his own workforce.
Here's what I think it actually said: I want to consolidate my heritage, and therefore my wealth and value for society, by changing the world through technology. To do this, you will need your help, and for this, I am willing to pay you a predetermined salary or salary. But while you are here, I will try to draw additional work from you by selling you the idea that you are also changing the world. And if you do not fall for this, I will find someone else to do it.
This is like every boss, really. The boss wants to make money by doing something, and will pay to help him get there. But in this system, he will always try to pay you as little as possible, as it will allow him to keep more money. (Perhaps he will reinvest the company, maybe just buy a boat – if it's a type of private capital, it's probably the second one.) When that avenue becomes blocked by contract, it will try to get more blow to its cargo by constantly blurring the line between "work" and "home" life. He will make you stay a few hours, get you on your smartphone or just give you tasks that were not at all what you were applying for.
The ultimate dream for every boss is to get one of their workers to believe that they are part of something bigger, that the project is worth the sacrifice, and does not have to give them any share in the company's ownership. Utopia is for the world, but the profit is for it.
It's a fair question to ask what "changing the world" even means, by the way. Richer car transport via Tesla vehicles (and charging equipment) can help keep people who inhabit the world for a long time without completely destroying the planet, which is nice and good. But it also represents a kind of lame escape valve from the efforts of capitalism to the consumption of global resources. Obviously green technologies like this often look more than anything else to make you feel less guilty, as, for example, driving daily to and from work. While SpaceX is "cool" in a nervous space for research, it seems likely to be tourism for the ultra-rich until it (perhaps) grows into a series of drones from a dying planet. (Moshs insisted that this was not the case.)
Now imagine what the "change" of your own personal world could mean. Can work less than a few hours positively affect its quality? Could you give more time to your limited existence of other activities such as reading, writing, playing with your children, exploring the world, or perhaps just your neighborhood, to improving the quality of life? Probably! And yet, this is not what Mashk tries to sell his potential workforce, because it is not the world he is trying to use his technological power to build. (Imagine returning to the year 1930 and telling someone about all the technological inventions we made, and then seeing their face when you tell how many hours people however must work. If you happen to say the legendary British economist John Maynard Keynes, he will walk through your face.)
Really, no matter what Musk accomplishes during his lifetime, with instructions for his engaged help to make different technological items, will be less than a change in the world from what fought and died for the eight-hour day and 40 – hourly working week, achieved. You know, those people in the trade unions or who want to join, the people Muscle has long insulted and is constantly blamed for targeting repressions-a.k.a. merger. People like these have legitimately changed the material conditions of life around the world, in a way that will never musk, or any boss.
The most dangerous of all supposedly visionary minds, such as Mask, could never dream of such a change.
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