I’m not going to keep you waiting. This isn’t some blogging blue balls deal here.
He cites the seminal research by economist William Lazonick, who studied S&P 500 companies from 2003 to 2012 and discovered that they routinely spend 54% of their earnings buying back their own stock (reducing the number of outstanding shares and driving up share prices) and 37% of their earnings on dividends — both of which benefit shareholders. That leaves just 9% of earnings for investment in their business and their people.
Sooooooo…. an enterprise company spends about 6x on shareholder benefit as their own people.
Sounds about right.
Every stat you hear about engagement, about how no one understands strategy, about how most companies are a tire fire? All those stats? (They’re all here.)
There’s a straight line from those stats back to this paragraph.
Why in ever-loving shit would I try to determine the strategy of where I work (hint: it’s actually an operational plan and not a strategy) if some already-rich white guys I’ve never met are getting six dollars every time I’m getting one?
Because work is virtue?
The global employee engagement rate is 15%, which is both pathetic and abysmal.
There’s definitely a tie to the above in there. Hard to deny that.
Oh, and if you want some other reasons your salary is a joke, here we go:
- Firm-size wage effect
- No salary transparency at most places
- Because of information asymmetry, the company holds all the cards in the early stages of negotiating
- Most people have no idea what their salary even represents
- Many hiring processes are designed to get the cheapest possible person who won’t flame out immediately
- Incentive programs are largely a farce
We good here?
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