Originally Posted by REWahoo
It's a shame you blame the United Way for the Nazi tactics of some individual businesses to get 100% participation. Those pressures/requirements don't come from UW, they come from the zealous folks managing companies who want to look good in the community by forcing all to participate.
Of course, there's no way you could know how things were presented to us at the MegaCorp I toiled at, nor I at yours, but.........
Each year United Way organizers came in to speak to management and the unfortunate "department representatives" about the importance of having 100% or near 100% participation. I agree that company management could have simply kept UW out. But once in, their literature, their motivational presentations (we had Mike Singletary preach to us) and their suggested procedures for canvasing and soliciting participation were very high pressure.
It was definitely NOT a case where a low key charity was trumped up by business management so business management could "look good in the community."
It could have been completely different way out there on the edge of the wilderness......