The Roguish Monsters aka Shareholders

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The abominable ogre looked rather cute from distance, and he was friendly unlike his grotesque appearance and notoriety.


Most of us would have experienced the ultimate corporate allegiance shown by the senior management to a mostly invisible group of investors who impact our lives more than anything else on this planet. That mysterious group of people is known as shareholders.

For their growth and welfare the top management sacks employees in the name of restructuring and other such buzz words and acquire prospering businesses with cash generated from their existing ventures so as to fire more people from the newly acquired companies, all in name of the health of the business and to maximize returns to shareholders.

Now one really wonders about the chemical and emotional makeup of those mostly unseen colossal monsters, imagining some blood-thirsty and dreadful creatues who are always on a lookout for human flesh and are perpetually eager to swallow not only human beings but also the concrete and steel structures.

Seeing your ever growing interest to learn about those monstrous and diabolical creatures, we have decided to present to you the activities of a randomly selected group commonly known as the investors or shareholders.

Investor Number 1: Mr. X1

This gentleman heads a company and invests in shares of other businesses as well. He buys and sells shares based on his instinct and of course on the advice of his stock broker. He is married, has two children and contributes well on all fronts, i.e. business, social and personal. He feels sad when companies fire employees on the pretext of lower sales and reduced profits though he doesn't know who they are yet he feels sorry for people who lose their jobs. He is compassionate and does not believe that in order to cut costs and increase profits, the heads should be chopped, to him that should literally be the very last option and that too in a humane manner, a Win-Win deal for all.

Investor Number 2: Ms. X2

This lady works for an international company and is pretty senior in the corporate echelons. She is married, blessed with three children and she also has a husband who is not as senior as she is. She buys and sells shares and has made a lot of money in the stock market during the past twenty years or so. She is a regular donor to various charities and believes that all men are born equal and have equal rights to survive and prosper in any civilized society.

On being asked about the termination of employees on the ground of falling sales and profits, she felt offended and said that if somebody has to be fired, it has got to be the top management and not the junior staff because the top guys are responsible for profits and sales. She also said that the big boys fire lower staff just because that is easy and gives them some more time to hide their incompetencies.

Investor Number 3: Mr. X3

This gentleman established a successful company and star brands from scratch and sold his entire business to a multinational giant, of course for a mouth-watering amount of money. He had no plans to fire any of his team members because his business was in a massive growth phase. When asked about the acquisition and how he felt when the new management sacked many of his former employees post-acquisition, he said that his company actually grew due to the efforts of his entire team and he really felt sad for those who had lost their jobs. He added that during the negotiation process he was informally assured that none of the team members will be fired.

There are other similar examples where those who invest in the share market and hold majority shares in commercial enterprises are not in favor of a head-cut for the sake of increasing returns to investors. They in fact had never realized that the top management resorts to such brutal measures in order to increase the bottom line. They however opined that voluntary separation schemes are fine as long as they are mutually beneficial to both parties.

According to most of the investors who were interviewed, we have drawn the conclusion in light of their genuine feelings and earnest feedback, and here it is for your review and reference;

'A business should be placed somewhere between a monstrous, flesh-eating entity which only recognizes numbers on one extreme and that of a loving family on the other end where youngsters are loved, elders are respected and all family members pull along together for the safety and prosperity of their unit.'


Submitted: April 07, 2017

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