I felt the need to say a little bit more after yesterday
. I considered flocking
this entry, but that would imply I have something to hide, which I really don't.
Management organised 3 (or maybe more) simultaneous big meetings, one for store managers, one for partners who were staying, one for partners who were going, to explain what was happening. They allowed an hour and a half, but to be honest, most of the stuff could be covered in 5 minutes. They also gave us in information pack with a question on how to explain things to people. "10. There is alot of change going on at Starbucks. If I'm asked by someone outside Starbucks - including family, friends or customers - about what is happening, what should I say?
Let them know that Starbucks continues to be focused on being one of the most respected and recognised brands in the world. While transformational change entails challenging decisions at times, we are confident in commitment to ensure that everything we do supports and enhances the Starbucks Experience
." (emphasis original) Which is a masterpiece of doublespeak
, generalities and saying nothing.
But I wont be saying anything else.
Now, as some of you may be aware, I dislike capitalism
(the trickle down effect
is a lie), don't see why democracy
is that much better than any other system of rulership (the tyranny of the majority
) and feel that most corporations
down their best to prop up a bad system (with a fair number of them being no better than robber barons
. So why should I remain loyal to the corporation that employs me?
The answer is twofold. From a political standpoint, until I can present a viable alternative to the current system and make it work, at least in miniature, I can hardly make claims to be exterior to that system. From a personal standpoint, I see myself as an honorable gentleman, and in ageeing to a contract in good faith with this group of people (remembering that a corporation is a mythical
construct, a primarily legal
shorthand for a changing group of people) I bind myself to certain conducts, I agree not to disclose their secrets and so on (with the obvious caveat, that I do not bind myself to committing immoral acts, such as fraud, "following orders" is not an acceptable defence).
Starbucks actually does their best to encourage similar (although less formal) attitudes to the "personal standpoint" I have described above, which I respect them for. Extensive training, a code of conduct, calling their employees 'partners' and so on.LJ: Ω KA: Α B : Ω M : Α T : Α E : Α