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Rousing the Rabble

January 26th, 2012 at 08:37 pm

Yesterday's Outrage

I have two hours a week when I "have" to be online for instant access for my online students. It's a rare week when one of them actually contacts me during those times, so of course I blog, do Swagbucks, and read e-mail. Yesterday--crazy bored--I actually read our horrible HR newsletter. I even clicked on a link from a new HR subcommittee that had ideas to help folks through our state budget cuts--with millions and millions more hanging over our heads.

I was hoping for a small small tidbit of helpful advice on avoiding pension fund fees, maximizing benefits etc. This newsletter goes out to all our employees--most of whom have advanced degrees.

Here's a sample of their advice:

Try a frozen pizza for dinner

Bring leftovers home from your restaurant dinner to eat the next day for lunch.

Instead of that steak dinner, try pizza.

Get a second job. (No awareness that virtually all my colleagues have second and third jobs?)

I swear the whole darn thing was written by second graders. It was awful, horrible, snarky, stupid, and condescending. So, loving to rouse the rabble, I forwarded it to my colleagues' discussion list. Let's just say I set things off. In under three hours, 100 people e-mailed me--equally outraged.

It's not that it was bad advice, but their awareness of the struggles their audience faces was non-existent. The darn thing ended with a listing of FOOD PANTRIES! Thank you, my employer, that you acknowledge some of us are paid so badly we need a food pantry. I cannot even quite figure out my reaction--just that this enraged every single person that read it.

Again, let me say that many people may need to be told things like this--but man--as my boss said--it was a weapon of mass condescension. Someone suggested that our department fridge should have a sign on the front saying "I am bringing my lunch instead of ordering a steak dinner." When I got to work today--it did. And all the various leftovers made into lunches--many had post-its reading, "I'm eating this instead of a steak dinner."

So--I've caused one large uproar so far--and have another in the works.

12 Responses to “Rousing the Rabble”

  1. baselle Says:

    We want pictures!Smile

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, my aching back! They didn't!

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    That's the Wisconsin spirit, English Castle! Good for you. I hope the outrage spreads.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    I'm kind of floored by their stupidity. And what's their fascination with pizza?

  5. CB in the City Says:

    Sounds like it was written by a young staffer who was told to do it, not someone who has any experience with frugal living.

  6. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    "Our state won't be paying you enough to put meals on the table. Here's a list of food pantries."

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Wow!




  8. My English Castle Says:

    I'll try to send the link. It's incredibly daft.
    And why didn't I take a picture?!

    Everyone especially enjoyed "Live on last year's income and save one year's raise." Given that everyone in my department took at least a $500/month cut in take-home pay beginning in September--and no one has had a raise in years, it seemed particularly stupid.

    They must've copied it from somewhere else.


  9. dmontngrey Says:

    Oh my - you troublemaker! Wink

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    I'd love to see it too.

  11. baselle Says:

    That's HR for ya - inHuman and unResourceful. Feel free to write that up and post it on the fridge also. Big Grin

  12. PNW Mom Says:

    Wow....that's just about all I can even think of to say!

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