I was watching the news and saw the Verizon employees on strike complaining about not getting "big enough" raises and getting their "fair share". This infuriated me. Why do employees have this sense of entitlement? Especially when so many people are out of work!
I have told my employees that if they want raises they need to perform beyond expectations and the company has to make money. I love giving raises when both of those things happen. But if you are average or the company isn’t making money, you are not entitled to anything. I went through so much just to keep from laying off anyone in 2009. Message to employees: when it comes to raises or benefits, you are not "entitled" to shit. Don't like it? That is your prerogative. Go work elsewhere.
If I was running Verizon, I would pull "a Reagan" and just fire the whole lot. The phone system seems to be working without them.