Are you worried that the offshore outsourcing wave will wash away your job?
Do you like Frogger?
There's a place in cyberspace where you can mix your jitters with your jumping prowess.
Sounds a lot like Frogger, doesn't it? Only this game has a message. If one of the big rigs gigs your "frog," or in this case, your IT guy, one of several messages will pop up, adding insults to what is surely grievous injury:
- You've been laid off without notice!
- Your job has been shipped overseas!
- Are you a U.S. citizen? You're fired!
- Old and washed up at 40!
- What benefits? You're a temp worker!
- Pay back those unemployment benefits!
- You've been sued over a non-compete!
- You've been blacklisted!
Get the idea? Funny how you get hit by a truck, then you get the bad news from work. As if eating a speeding Kenworth's grill isn't bad enough!
The median is an illusory safe harbor. Trap doors can open up randomly and swallow the poor IT guy. An evil turtle tries to take out the IT guy while he tries to catch his breath. If your man falls victim to the door or the reptile, more messages pop up, like "60 hour weeks -- no overtime!" and "Your pension is being robbed!" But if you can get him across those last two lanes in one piece, you'll see this message:
"Congratulations! You have helped this worker to gain a voice at work, a say in state and federal policies affecting IT workers, and the freedom to choose union representation. Unfortunately, thousands of IT workers don't have this collective power. Here's how you can help."
You then can click on links to send the game to a friend, keep playing, or go to the TechsUnite.org Web site and read more about the issue.
See -- it's like Frogger with a message. Instead of a pleasant amphibian trying to cross a perilous river and highway, a fretting IT guy tries to survive the unyielding, unstoppable traffic flow of corporate IT trends.
At least you don't have to insert any quarters. And it's fun to play chicken with the HP truck. But you have to wonder what's next -- a version of Pac-Man where foreign companies eat up little job dots?