MoneyPet Peeves

"Calcutta, We Have a Problem!"

I saw a news report the other night about several of the American companies who have outsourced jobs to India. Apparently, they are now having problems. It seems that the job market there is so hot, most employees stay for an average of only six months. They’re also discovering (get ready for this!) that there are often communication problems.

Cry me a river.

I’m reminded of a line from the movie, “My Fair Lady:”

If you can’t appreciate what you’ve got, you’d better get what you can appreciate.

We have American workers who have a vested interest in seeing their companies succeed because they’re part of their communities. And we have these Indian workers who must be trained to speak English so that they can “fool” the rest of us. (During my recent experience with PC problems, I spoke to a few such workers. I wasn’t fooled, despite the “American” names.)

The companies don’t want to pay American workers because minimum wage is too high. So they go to India where the labor is cheap…only to discover that there is so much demand for workers from more moronic companies trying to save a few dollars an hour, they can’t keep their new cheap employees.

That reminds me of another famous line:

You get what you pay for.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I think companies who outsource their jobs overseas to save a few bucks should be hit with a few federal penalties:

First, they should face additional taxes equal to the amount of money they’re saving by hiring workers we can’t understand when we call. That money would go into a fund used to create new jobs here at home.

Second, they should be required to increase the salaries of their remaining American workers by the same percentage they’re “saving” by going overseas.

Third, they should be required to increase the pensions of American employees they replace with overseas workers. Again, the amount of the increase should be equal to percentage of “savings” they’re getting from the overseas workers.

Of course, if I was running things, these companies could easily avoid all of this…by simply keeping their jobs here…in the same country where their executives wave their flags each Fourth of July whenever a camera is anywhere in sight.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.