Demographics and control



by Yuri Smirnov

I was recently discussing a dissertation on demographic change with Whittlesey here. Specifically, the decline in population that is expected for developed nations. We're going to have to do a lot of work very efficiently to prevent a drop in our standard of living. If the forecasts are correct. I don't know. I'm not an expert in this field. Haven't done the research. But according to the author, the formula is 0.5 x 2 x 3. That is 0.5 people receive twice as much pay for three times as much work. The second part of the formula sounds good. The third part sound stressful.

The author, Bettina Sabbath, studies the impact of a human resources policy for the different stages in an employee's life. Different times - different strokes. A top priority is health and efficiency, however. We must not get sick and we better keep up with the latest technological developments. Ultimately, this boils down to the corporation taking control of the employee's life: "It is a question of the corporate culture and the corporate philosophy assuming co-responsibility for all areas of employees' life" (85). So as children we have school controlling us; as working adults the corporations team up with the pharmaceutical industry and technology trainers to ensure health and success (as non-working adults some combination of government, health care steps in); and finally as senior citizens, the pharamaceutical industry takes over in full. These are not her conclusions, obviously. But they are a consequence of having corporations adapt themselves to the needs of employees. As well as the consequence of employees anxious about their future.

Reference:

Sabbath, Bettina. Evaluation der Lebensphasenorientierten Personalpolitik am Beispiel des Modellprojektes "Strategie für die Zukunft - Lebensphasenorientierte Personalpolitik" in Rheinland-Pfalz
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