Take This Job And Sh ... Learn From It
There are people in France who are pro-reform, who want to study, who want to work, and who are sick of being stopped from doing so by those who don't---and who understand that labor law reform is essential to job creation.The thought of not being able to fire someone really frightens me. Not just because I'm an employer and I would still be putting up with the employee who fell asleep at her desk every afternoon because of her intense party schedule (one of several examples of ill-prepared or unmotivated former employees), but also because I think most of the people I fired learned from the experience and eventually became better, more productive and more successful employees.
So as we watch Socialistic foolishness on parade, ask yourself, "Did I ever deserve to be fired from a job?"
I sure did. I've never been fired, but I should have been from my first job out of college. I was a reporter green out of J'school who, to my mind, should have been working at the NYTimes or perhaps an even better paper, but because of a recession was working at a suburban, almost rural, twice-weekly.
For a while, I poured myself into it, but that got boring after a few months, so my fellow reporter and I took to goofing off. We became particuarly adept at bottle soccer, kicking an old Coke bottle across our tiny office, which was removed from the newspaper's more important offices -- where they sold ads and talked to customers. On day I nailed a particularly good kick, destined to hit the goal (the doorframe) high and just in -- and as it sailed through the still office air, the publisher opened the door only to see a Coke bottle on a missile-like trajectory for his right ear.
I missed, thank God, and the bottle slammed into the door jamb and fell to the ground. I don't even remember what he said. Perhaps it was, "Eet ees a good thing you are working in France because Ah cannot fire you," because for some reason I still had my job. I quit a couple weeks later and had matured considerably before I walked in the doors of my next employer, where I stayed five years, advancing all the while.
Have you got a similar story you'd like to share with the anti-firing French students, if you could? Of course, they know so much more than we do; they'd never listen.
Talkin' Technorati: France, Paris, Strikes, Socialism, Labor