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I don't see what the company did wrong here. I don't get the obsession with jobs: if you get fired, just find another one. I like to think of employees as service providers (think restaurants) and employers as their clients. Client has no obligation to buy services from only one provider. You wouldn't consider a person choosing to go to a cheaper restaurant "evil", would you?



>I don't get the obsession with jobs: if you get fired, just find another one.

What don't you understand about it? The part where people need money to buy food and shelter or the part where not everyone is a tech worker that can have multiple, better job offers in a week or so.

Some parts of the country have very few jobs for anyone in any field, and the jobs that exist pay so shitty that its very difficult to move to a place with better prospect (which in most cases will have the added drawback of removing you from any kind of support system you might have had with family+friends).

You can adopt the modern, warped version of libertarian philosophy that says "its not my problem", but most people don't like living in a world where people lose their houses so a rich guy can make a few million dollars extra.

There are times where its necessary to lay people off. Hell, this might have been one of them. But even if it was, the guy didn't have to be such a douchebag about it.


It depends on your worldview.

If you value community, society and loyalty, then what they did is bad.

If you value profits?/money?/greed?, then perhaps you are right.

Many would feel that reducing the world to no more than the efficacy of fiscal transactions and it all becomes worth pretty much nothing. There is so much more to life.


I do value profit and you should too. That's what motivates entrepreneurs to create new products and make economies thrive.

Speaking of profits/money/greed, would you also despise a person who cancels their Spotify subscription? Because it's the same situation in reverse – someone stops paying for somebody else's services. Would you blame such person for being greedy? Would you moralise them that there is much more to life than the money they'll save?


> I don't get the obsession with jobs: if you get fired, just find another one.

I felt the same way until I became very ill and rely on my job for healthcare and remaining alive. Millions of Americans are in similar situations where being out of work for any amount of time is financially ruinous.


That's why many countries have welfare programs and labour laws helping disadvantaged (for instance, disabled) members of society find employment. Shouldn't you instead blame government for not passing even stricter laws?


On an hourly basis, a full time job pays 2-4 times less than a contract job.

What full time jobs give is a sense of security, a community, a sense of belonging. It's not simply a trade of time for money, it's where people build friendships and identity.

It's also quite disrespectful to treat people as disposable. They built up the company, not the boss. To fire 95% of a company, the ones who got them there, that's... cruel.


I agree that full time jobs provide more security than contracts, but only to the extent the law requires. For instance, depending on the country you must be given a few weeks notice before being fired and a severance package. You agree to these terms upon being hired and shouldn't feel entitled to anything more.

I believe it would be more cruel to the rest of us if an employer was required to keep unnecessary employees just so that they can benefit from sense of security and community. It would be terribly inefficient and hurt the economy.

And it's unfair to discredit the success of employer only because employees did the majority of the jobs. The key here is that managers do the most important jobs and take more risks.


I did joke once that a full time job is, in essence, a really warped insurance package. You still get paid if the business does poorly, and some cash if it fails entirely. But the insurance premium is that you get paid much less than the value you contribute.


Depends on the details. Restaurant is cheaper because…? The need to take the cheapest is because…?

My dad was really tight with money, to the extent that after he died my mum couldn’t remember him taking her out for even a birthday meal. He was not poor.

If the social norms for a business environment make most labour casual service provision, I’m OK with attitudes like yours. On the other hand, if social norms say “jobs are for life” and blame those who lose their jobs for that loss, then I find it… selfish.

(I wouldn’t say “evil”, but that’s because of too long in philosophy lessons; it is where I imagine a neural net classifier would be bouncing around a lot).




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