DANGEROUS LEVEL OF WORKAHOLISM STILL THE MOST ATTRACTIVE TRAIT IN POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES
ANEW STUDY by the Consortium of British Industry has revealed that the trait companies are most looking for in potential employees is a health-threatening level of workaholism. Of the 1000 employers interviewed, 953 put the willingness to sacrifice family and health in favour of meaningless activity on behalf of the company as the number one characteristic they look for when recruiting.
“It’s simple matter of business economics,” said Jeremy Phatbeats, a businessman who employs 70 people in his party balloon company.
“Like most companies, I don’t want to spend more money than I have to on employees. So, when it comes to the crunch, I just want someone making and packing balloons for eleven, twelve hours a day.”
Frank Hatman who owns a managerial business consultancy was in agreement, and made it clear that he expected all his employees to sacrifice health.
“A worker’s health shouldn’t be something that they’re passionate about,” he said. “In fact, as I speak, I can see someone having a heart-attack at his desk and he’s still putting the finishing touches to a spreadsheet. That’s the kind of dedication I expect from my staff.”
After dangerous levels of workaholism, the study found ‘unquestioning obedience’ and ‘reverence for management’ as the second and third most important characteristics an employer looks for.
‘Qualifications’ and ‘job-competance’ came thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth, just below ‘being prepared to pay for the cakes out of their own money.’
TIRED: Employers value commitment over employees’ health.