I recently read an article on NY1.com entitled “Sweating Out the Job Search.” It discusses the benefits of exercising and physical fitness during the job hunting process. After getting the boot from jobs, people begin to experience the blues: “a lot of depression, a lot of rejection” that forces them into a slump (“Sweating out the Job Search”). They begin pig out on unhealthy, cheap foods, and just lay back and wait. This slump can result into a spiraling downfall to the point where a person’s physical shape affects their mood which affects their ability to get a new job. For this reason, New York Sports Club and the recruitment firm, Forest Solutions, has teamed up to create a program that offers career advice and physical fitness. According to Stefano Tromba from Forest Solutions, the class “‘elevates your mindset. I think it energizes your body. It gets you, the confidence gets built up. It reduces your stress. And it also helps you when you go out on interviews’” (“Sweating out the Job Search”). The course claims that by reintroducing people to an exercise routine, they will develop a positive mindset that will help people on the job search.
I think this program is a good solution to helping people manage their stress during this economic crisis. Though it seems interesting that only now, when companies are laying people off, people are going to the gym, and taking the time to get in shape. It makes me wonder if organizations are changing their employees’ priorities. Are organizations (in someway) commercializing employees priorities so that the organization comes first, and the employee comes second? Ironically, in order to get a job, people once again must put themselves first.
After reading Nickel and Dimed, I see that employees are revolving their lives around their organizations. Wal-Mart seemed to control every detail of their employees’ lives, so that employees did not have the ability to make their own decisions. Wal-Mart told employees how long of a lunch break they may take; what is stolen time/their time; what they can afford to buy; what health insurance to purchase; what is a living wage. Wal-Mart controls so many aspects of employees’ lives, that soon employees only have the option to prioritize Wal-Mart above themselves.
The effects of rationalized organizations may be that they cut people out of their own lives. However, when people are out of jobs, they once again need to gain control again, and have the ability to do so. Exercise is a great way to gain control—a person can control their physical health and shape. This control makes people happy again, so they are confident enough to get jobs. I believe that this shows how people having control of their decisions is important to happiness which is important to job success. After learning about the formal and informal structures, the formal structure really does seem to hurt peoples’ ability and functioning.