How jobs get reconfigured in a downturn
Consider IBM. According to Information Week, the company is offering its laid-off workers a fab deal: It will give them jobs . . . in emerging markets like India, China, or Brazil, where work is being offshored.
One company spokesperson, apparently speaking with a straight face, said the initiative is “a vehicle for people who want to expand their life experience by working somewhere else. A lot of people want to work in India.”
Meanwhile, NPR reports that the state of Utah has shifted its employees to a four-day work week. Most government offices are closed on Fridays, which Governor Jon Huntsman hopes will encourage citizens to access services online.
The bottom line: In a downturn, everything’s up for grabs. More generally, place and time lose a lot of their meaning in an outsourced, automated age.