By now, you've heard that the CEO's of the big three automakers (Ford, GM and Chrysler) each took their own PRIVATE jet to DC to plead for a $25 billion dollar bailout from the federal government.
3 Execs. 3 Jets… One big bailout…
See the issue? So does Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) who blasted the big three with the following missive:
"There's a delicious irony in seeing private luxury jets flying into Washington, D.C., and people coming off of them with tin cups in their hands," Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D-N.Y.) advised the pampered executives at a hearing yesterday. "It's almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high-hat and tuxedo. . . . I mean, couldn't you all have downgraded to first class or jet-pooled or something to get here?"
Hey Detroit – isn't that still an expense that hits your bottom line? That might help you forego a $25-50 billion dollar bailout? A yes/no answer will be fine; spare me the additional rationalizations. Sadly, I haven't even heard any spin from the automakers.
So, the Capitalist likes capitalism but dislikes bad PR in the wake of a bailout. Big deal. But the private jet drama got me thinking – what are the perks and signals in your workplace that tell your rank and file employees that everyone's not created equal? I started my own list below and ran a similar article over at the Capitalist, but that was about the AIG spa trips; I couldn't resist using the same theme here. Hit me in the comments with your additions and check out the comments at the capitalist about AIG here:
-Reserved Parking Spaces
-Separate Medical Benefits for Executives
-Security for executive level offices, but none for the rest of the company
-Different email storage capacities based on your position
-Top managers always get the new stuff, never allow their direct report to skip them in technology
-Different business cards for senior executives
What am I missing? I know there are more, and you're just the person to enlighten me. Hit me in the comments with your Big Three-like examples of bloated corporate excess you'd love to blow up, as a HR pro responsible for the flock….
Kris Dunn is a Partner and CHRO at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies headquartered in Atlanta. He’s also the founder Fistful of Talent (founded in 2008) and The HR Capitalist (2007) – and has written over 70 feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. Prior to his investment at Kinetix, Kris served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter and Cingular. In his spare time, KD hits the road as a speaker and gives the world what it needs – pop culture references linked to Human Capital street smarts.