Your flexible fiend
So I know that sometimes I have the tendency to be a little provocative. Sometimes it takes an extreme position to tease out a proper exchange of views. Sometimes you need to agitate, to provoke. But sometimes, sometimes I actually write what I believe. Today is one of those moments.
Two experiences of recent weeks have set my mind running and I know that what I am going to say may not be popular or PC. But hell when has that ever stopped me.
This flexible working madness has to stop. This political correctness gone mad is starting to damage our economy and someone needs to stand up and say this. Now I’m not against it in the Daily Mail “little woman back into the kitchen” way, I’m against it in the, “this is an insidious disease that is eating away at the competitiveness of British business” way.
Take a look at the rising economic super powers. Look to India, Russia, China…..look to Brazil. Are these economies riddled with working practices that are so employee centric that they damage the effective operation of the organisations?
And these are the economies that we will increasingly need to compete against. Whether we like it or not. And in order to do that we need to radically rebalance the power from employee to employer.
Work is just that. It is work. We need to stop this mindless drive to have everything, to be everything to everyone and understand that there are trade offs that need to be made. I’m not misogynist by any standard. I’m not anti family or anti women. I’m pro work life balance and I am pro family. But flexible working isn’t the answer.
What is? I just don’t know. But I do know that ploughing down this path isn’t. Have we come to far to go back? Probably. But then when you’re in a hole the sensible thing is to stop digging. Isn’t it?