You’re here to feed the machine

I work in a corporate environment. I often hear the same, tired feedback about the horrors of working in such a place.

“The company doesn’t care about me.”

This is a common misunderstandings. Make no mistake, corporations are not your friends. A corporation is, in the eyes of the law in most countries, a person. This is critical to understanding its interests.

Now imagine, if you will, that this person exists to make money. They may have other goals, they may have other aspirations, but all of things that you as a person require (food, shelter, water, sleep, air) are replaced with money. This is the basis for a corporation’s view of the world and how it makes decisions.

Imagine if you will a person who needs money to live like you need air to breathe. A person that can only rely on decisions being made for it by people who are contractually obliged to help them, whose interest in helping them is based around their hope that the corporation will compensate them for their time with the money it gathers. They don’t understand your need to eat. They don’t understand your need to breathe. They cannot empathise with you, because they don’t share those needs or feelings.

So no, the corporation doesn’t care about you. If you’re fortunate, a person who is employed by the corporation and has been given suitable authority to act on its behalf will care about you. Unless the corporation has a policy or procedure through which it is required to care about you in some way, don’t expect anything to come to you unless another human is looking out for you. And since those people are employed to look after the corporation’s best interests first, don’t be surprised when their ability to be generous hits a wall — after all, if they’re acting against the corporation’s interests to help you, what do you think is going to happen to them?

You’re not working for the corporation because it likes you. This is reality. The corporation will never decide independently that you deserve something that isn’t written into its operational parameters and it needs money like you need to eat.

The hard truth is simple, so remember it well when you walk into the world of corporations:

You’re here to feed the machine.