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Monday, May 23, 2011

Chickens Coming Home to Roost

I feel reality impacting here!

--Tune in Tomorrow

Ask not what America can do for you,

but what together we can do

for the freedom of man

--John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address


In Wild, Wild Midwest (5.25.11), RAW opined on the imminent slide of the U.S. towards Third World status. That piece looked at how German production giant BMW is using Americans as cheaper workers in their factories.

Today, Indian companies are outsourcing their call center help stations to the U.S. for the same reason:
cheap labor (As Indian companies grow in the U.S., outsourcing comes home). It is the perfect Möbius strip in a world marching towards a leveling beat. It will be a rude wake-up for a profligate U.S.

The WaPo article featured Mumbai-based company Aegis Communications' practice of “near-sourcing,” sometimes called “diverse shoring” or the politically dodgy, “cross-shoring”. Aegis offers some workers the opportunity to train in Goa or Bangalore, India, for a stint:

"Essar and Aegis, however, want to step up the cross-sharing this year, shuffling dozens of U.S. Aegis employees to Goa and Bangalore in India to help handle large U.S. government contracts. Aegis executives say the cross-continent exchange will help India’s call centers keep up during peak Medicare enrollment season and aid the company’s cross-cultural efforts."

"One Indian-born manager said he thinks that the U.S. standard of living has spoiled Americans and that they take less pride in their work. In other words, he says, they are lazy."

Cultural exchange from the perspective of a 2 x 4' cubicle . . . how will the Indians react to our "dress-down" days? Will they begin schlepping to KFC in Hello Kitty pyjama pants? Will a new Dilbert series emerge?

Only the Shadow knows.

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Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Hi Lisa,

"Hello Kitty pyjama pants"

I'd say the targeting system on your full-auto snark gun is working just fine. :-)

Comments weren't working this morning. Seem to be OK now.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 5:32:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

i wrote a good comment but it was eaten...damned immigrants

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 7:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


I am amazed @ the folks walking about in their jammies, really.


Sorry I missed it, but a good Pogues tune.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 8:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, they did build a kfc about a block from where we work. And Goa, or even Bangalor would be a dream compared to this place...*sigh*

and your right we are cheaper workers. i only get paid 4500 rupees (less than $100 usd) a month as a stipend for being here.

i hate my life, here. and have been trying to figure out how to get back to America since last July.

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 9:06:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Thank you for writing; I'm sorry to hear of your plight.

If you feel you'd like to write a blog-size entry describing your conditions, we would consider it for publication.

Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 10:39:00 PM GMT-5  

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