Intrusive Job Screening Pretty Much Snuffs Enthusiasm Out Of Local Man
on 7/11/2006 (1)
NY - Swanson and Fink Catering Corporation job applicant Terry Mulally decries "a soul-crushing, intrusive, optimism-sucking pre-employment screening process" in an abortive employment attempt early Monday.
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"G-God. What has this world come to? I applied for a job as a damn greeter at Swanson and Fink, and as things unfolded, I found out I had to take a drug test, a psychological test, a background check and a credit check even to be considered for employment, as well as signing an "employment at will" waiver which gives Swanson and Fink the right to fire me at any time for any reason. I just want to stand and open doors for people and say hello. What happened to the days when you went in and got hired, and if it worked out, it worked out, and if it didn't it didn't?"
Indeed, Terry Mulally is merely one of millions across America.
In a seemingly societal crushing witch hunt to protect company profits, American corporations, both large and small, have adopted meticulous, highly intrusive pre-employment practices designed to minimize profit loss by weeding out potentially "undesirable" applicants through intensive mental and physical exams and tests. This current trend in placing blame for poor profit performance square on the employee only promises to tighten even further, as some companies are forbidding employees to even smoke cigarettes in order to trim rising, profit-eroding health care costs, along with the ease of obtaining previously private, or difficult to obtain background information online.
While such measures clearly benefit the company, the negative effects on the individual are two-fold: Firstly, those with less than perfect credit, those in poor health, smokers, recreational drug users or those with minor criminal offenses in their background are not likely to be hired by any quality employer, thus further widening the gap between the rich and poor, and secondly, those who pass the screenings must live and work under a constant umbrella of paranoia and stunted self-esteem, as any sense of pride or self-worth is crushed underfoot by constant corporate monitoring and scrutiny to determine if even long-time, productive employees are becoming dead-weight, and should be summarily terminated.
When one is being controlled, it is wise to question the motives and moral constitution of the controllers.
"I-I made it through the first phase of the hiring process, but I don't think I want to go any further." Bemoaned Mulally "I have bad credit because of a divorce, and had to declare bankruptcy, so let's just say that's that. To hell with it, I'm not going back there."
Irked and fuming Swanson and Fink Human resources director Belinda Krale snorted and snarled "He didn't even have the common courtesy to come back to hear me tell him he isn't employable! Now do you see what kind of trash we have to deal with over here?!"0"<
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