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Why do companies always feel obliged to change ?

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1/10/2018 1:26:34 AM

Why do companies always feel obliged to change ?
I think they employ people who can only justify their jobs by making changes to their operating system. Stop it, some of us can't handle new stuff when we've got used to our old autopilots. I'm not explaining more because I'm sick of wasting my time trying to sort out the chaos caused by companies who won't leave well alone.

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Desperado Revue

1/10/2018 8:55:51 AM

Well Verity, that's the price we pay for getting older.

It is a generational thing.

Here in Canada, one institution that I will not name has implemented a new pay system a few years back that just doesn't work.

Employees are not being paid, are being underpaid, or are being overpaid because of the many glitches in the system.

The computer age has replaced the old school pay clerks.

The unfortunate thing, is that after months and up to a year of working without pay and being told that everything will be fixed, these employees have had to find work elsewhere. This whole mess has already caused stress related sickness, house foreclosures and divorce because no money is coming in.

These are jobs that were once considered secure.

All of this for the benefit of a younger generation who think that the computer age is the only way to go.

What I've put forward here is an extreme example of what the younger generation is doing. And this is all to score points.

Thanks for bringing this up Verity. Although my example doesn't affect me, I do read about it on a regular basis and know people who are affected.

Obviously, I did need to vent a tiny bit.


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1/10/2018 9:44:37 AM

Thanks Norm. I feel there is too much choice in the World today and that's not such a good thing.

Shopping takes so long now we have to read all the dates and ingredients and compare price per kilo or fl oz etc. And don't ever go through the 'self serve' aisle where you need help for almost every item you scan.

Children used to walk to the local school now they go to the best rated ones or special interest ones and that means a bus/car journey. Colleges/Unis are offering the weirdest arty-farty classes that never lead to jobs.

Doctors and dentist have a two tier system for rich and poor and hospitals can't cope with referrals and operations.

The roads are overcrowded, parking is a pain - there isn't just one rail company now so you have to be a skilled mathematician and strategist to find how to get from A to B

They're removing all the post offices and banks and centralizing them or asking us to do all our business online.

There used to be one power supplier company, now you have to go to 'compare' sites to get the best deals.

We're also expected to recycle everything (in a certain way) and drive our household rubbish to special places for disposal.

Don't get me talking about media suppliers and advertisers and security and insurance, phone deals, apps, websites, online music even..... it's just so very very complicated and time consuming to find what you want.

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Desperado Revue

1/10/2018 10:11:36 AM

Just of the cuff, except for the recycling, I would say that I am Old School for most items that you have listed. It works for me because it has always worked for me.

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Shoe City Sound

1/10/2018 3:55:10 PM

Nothing to do with this thread, but that's a great new profile pic, Verity!

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1/11/2018 12:55:47 AM

Haha, well thank you Delores, I got those clothes at a charity shop and liked the look enough to wear at my Son's wedding (about 8 years ago) I put on quite a few pounds since sadly :)

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WWMM Michael

1/11/2018 5:57:58 PM

Have I ever determined that you are also a Baby Boomer? (1946 to 1964 birth years.) You don't need to answer that. I never ask a a lady her age.

I will NEVER own a "Smart" phone or send a text; yada yada yada.

As for corporate greed, companies "sunset" perfectly good software every 3 years so they can rake in more profits making us buy the "latest and greatest" versions. Half the time these don't work as well or demand taking a college level class to figure them out.

I love some aspects of the PC world such as watching YouTube videos from my 60's bands and also ones I've discovered in the last year or two, many here at IMP. But if we went back to the technology of the 50's when I was a child, i would adjust and likely be healthier and happier.

I could go on and on and on, but excuse me before I have to double my blood pressure meds. I need to get off this PC and use my time more wisely anyway, such as taking a nap before bedtime.

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1/11/2018 6:44:41 PM

Hmmmm, that is a good question Verity. You look awesome by the way, Now, I cannot speak on companies that are non-tech companies but after working in the Silicon Valley for 33 years (retired in 2003) I worked for a number of companies during that time (Xerox, Shugart Corp. Intel, Maxtor, Maxoptix, Optimem, Invision Technologies and Seagate. I started as a security guard in the mid 70's and was a warehouse manager when I retired. I have seen a number of companies come along as I worked for several startups that eventually became world renowned companies. Quite often I worked for 2 or three companies at a time as a start-up consultant. I have seen many companies change for a variety of reasons. As technology developed, methods of production were changed in order to streamline the quality control aspects and bring operating costs down. One of the methods of change I am familiar with is internal posturing for inventory control and quality assurance. It became important because once a company's product got a bad name, sales waned and lay-offs loomed. Quite often they bring in new executive management thinking that someone with more innovative ideas will springboard the company to a profitable state. Most companies are driven by revenue statements. Or, much of what they make are they selling verses how much it costs to manufacture the product. This is why high tech internet companies are perceived to be so valuable. They are selling software th=at performs specific tasks. Most of their financial out put is towards research and development. Favorably known in the industry as R&D. The actual manufacturing of the product is simply providing copies of the software to the end user and the OEM's (original equipment manufacturers). These folks integrate the software into their widgets in order to add value and ease of use. For the software provider the expense of duplication/replication of their stuff for sale is a nominal cost compared to what they sell it for. Huge profit margins drive companies to the moon. Most companies are constantly trying to figure out more efficient ways of doing things. For instance, when I started working at Invision Technologies they had just had an annual inventory count and it showed that they had less than 50% accuracy. I came in and implemented several inventory control procedures for my crews, trained them and monitored them to ensure that they followed the procedures correctly. The following year we had 98% percent accuracy. What this basically means is that the changes I implemented saved the company over 10 million dollars in recovered inventory that had once been lost. One thing that should be noted is that there was a lot of change that went into this and my crew of over 150 people had to make the changes a part of their daily lives even though they were previously use to doing things a lot differently. Generally, people naturally resist change because of their fears of failure. As their manager, it was my job to make sure that they saw the whole picture and not just the warehouse world that they worked in. So, I consistently created several excel pie charts that showed how much money we were saving the company and how many man hours we had put into that effort. Then, I would explain to them how their efforts were helping to create a stable job situation for them. Many of them are still working at the same company. One thing I learned a long time ago was that there is no such thing as job security. It is a flawed concept because at any time someone can come along and make the worst decision possible that ends the company. In 1985 Shugart Associates had 80% of the world market in Winchester Drives. 1 year later they were closing the doors and sending everyone home. So, what do you think happened? Well, the first thing that happened was that the CEO (at the time) left to start his own disc drive manufacturing company in Santa Cruz. Then, what followed was a brain drain of engineers who all left to go to the new company that Mr. Shugart was starting (Seagate) and that left Shugart corporation without any of the original designers for the product in order to help maintain quality control. What followed was a mass return of new products by customers who were disgusted with the fact that the product was no longer performing according to their expectations. I had 10 warehouses that were full of unsold or returned products.

Another reason a company may change is due to a merger or acquisition. There is usually a duplication of expertise and production facilities that must be addressed. This usually means that lay-offs are looming for somebody. It also may mean a change in culture. My wife was a computer programmer for Pac Bell for over 30 years. When the company was broken up in order to create a more competitive footing for other phone companies, they went through a huge change in culture and methods of operation. Like I said before, when there is a change in executive managment there is usually a myriad of changes in the company. Every CEO, CFO, etc. has his/her own perception of how things should be done in order to be successful. They tend to implement those changes through written directives. 1st, second and 3rd tier level managers are the implementer's of those changes. The ground level workers are the hands on implementers. Now, if you are working at an ISO9000 company, every thing that a worker does has to be written or documented in a place that is easilly accessible to all relevant workers. The object being to make it possible for any work to be performed any worker (meaning a fully cross trained environment). Changes are made and documented according to the ISO9000 standards. ISO sends in their own inspectors to check to see that all employees are operating according to documentation. It is a rather harrowing experience but it works.

The short answer to your question is this. Most companies change their ways and methods in order to achieve profitability. The long answer is all the shit I wrote above and so much more. In most cases where there is extreme change, there is an extreme change of executive leadership. The best of them actually come forth to the workforce to explain why they are changing and give the employees a view of the big picture. The worst of them just change everything without any explanation. Either way, the logic behind the changes may not be evident for you but is being weighed and championed by someone behind doors in a conference room. Having attended and often chaired many meeting like this, I have seen many presentations that go far and beyond the view of the workforce. But, they usually have an overall appeal because of the numbers being represented. Revenue saved due to a change of procedure is revenue made due to the amount of money saved. Bottom line, it nearly always comes down to money. It is the most defining character for change in companies these days.

Happy New Year Verity,

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