RE: SLAVE labor? Just a darn minute... (a few replies)

Subject: RE: SLAVE labor? Just a darn minute... (a few replies)
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- jci -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 07:28:30 -0500

>Really? Then let me be the first. If the least expensive resources means
>that highly skilled people who have invested in the company (time,
>money, hope, whatever) are displaced by less skilled people just because
>they are cheaper and the company wants to pad their bottom line, then
>that is not only *wrong* but *evil.*

Two points:

1) It has yet to be determined that the techwriters in question are less
skilled. Cheaper for equivalent skill is smart business, not greed.

2) Even were it true, there's a long-standing economic principle called
"satisficing." It's been heard of most recently in web usability studies,
but it stems from the principle that customers do *not* want the absolute
highest quality, but rather they want the cheapest product above a certain
minimum quality. This means that even if person A's skills are lesser than
person B's, person A might still be the best choice, because he is cheaper
and still possesses enough skills to pass the minimum standard.

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
In God we trust; all others must provide data.
Opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
If JCI had an opinion on this, they'd hire someone else to deliver it.

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