Sunday, December 1, 2019

Merry Christmas...

It seems that it's that time of year again in watch land.  And while I would truly like to start being wrong about this stuff, I didn't even need the over/under on this year's Tempus Fugit office pool.  
Shamelessly Borrowed from the world-wide infoweb
Albert Einstein is attributed with the following:
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results".

Now in fairness, I never met the man, and there are a lot of conflicting memes out there with variations of the above quote.  But the sentiment is the same no matter how you slice it.  

So as is often the case in watch land, it seems that Santa is bringing a package of poop for more than a few dedicated employees working for one of the big groups. Suffice it to say, this is a group, and a brand that has gone through exactly the same thing in the not-so-distant past.  And it is a brand that you would like to think might have learned something from the recent past.  No need to mention names here, the news will ooze out soon enough and put paid to a fairly large number of folks employment conditions - as in they won't have any for the immediate future.

So the question remains, is brand X ready to maybe consider that they can do things a little differently?  Let's be honest, layoffs suck.  Layoffs happen not because the people who are being laid off did anything wrong. They suck for the shareholders, they suck for the brand and they absolutely suck for the people who get laid off.

Curious to relate?  The people who should have had their eyes on the prize?  If this latest round of layoffs go anything like they have in the past, they will all be fine, home and dry and opening presents with big bows on them, planning ski trips. and winter getaways.  The people who actually make the watches and take care of practical matters?  Well, let's just say that they have the joy of explaining their kids why Santa stiffed them this year.

Here's hoping I'm wrong next year.  And that Krampus has a little something special for the people who keep dropping the ball.

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