Letter: People dehumanized by technology
With the events that plague our culture and our way of life ever increasing, it is difficult to focus on one topic or narrative. Granted, few people actually pay attention to matters beyond sports, their mobile phones, celebrity culture and the constant nauseating platitudes that spew from the mouths of our public servants.
However, here is something to ruminate over.
Over the years we, as human beings, have been stigmatized as being less human. One cannot simply walk into a place of business, dressed up, shoes shined, resume in hand and ask to speak to the hiring director. It appears that those days are gone. We have been reduced to numbers, a statistic, and a persona that is formed by a computer, not human interaction.
What is disturbing is that many companies insist you complete a sly psychiatric questionnaire, which purportedly indicates how well you will perform the job without having an interview (these are not voluntary either). This is merely a shadow of how working men and women have been relegated. The human element has been taken out. And for what? A low paying job that requires one to be exploited?
Does one need to complete a psychological assessment simply to stock groceries, wait tables, or use a broom in a repetitive back and forth motion?
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
I often wonder two things regarding this matter. One, how is this legal? Second, why do we, as human beings, have to tolerate these shenanigans?
So, I say this. Shame on companies that choose to put folks through this. Shame on companies that are unwilling to train new employees who are, allegedly, the greatest asset.
Then again, folks do need to survive — and the essence of corporate apathy is not unaware of this fact.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User