The work week should be increased to more than 40 hours, or eliminated
The work week should remain at 40 hours
The work week should be reduced to 36-39 hours
The work week should be reduced to 32-35 hours
The work week should be reduced to less than 32 hours
Corporations can do just as well by treating workers well, and that includes vacation time. Google is one of the biggest grossing companies in the U.S. right now, and its vacation time is based on tenure. The longer you are there, the more paid time off you get. Workers that aren't stressed perform better and it creates more innovation. Forcing workers into boxes, clocking very second and minute detail of their days, and giving them no time off leads to poor performance. This has been proven time and time again. I've read (please don't ask me for a source because I don't remember the site I read it, you'll just have to trust me) that many Google workers don't even take their vacation time because working there is such a joy. Their treatment of employees is so famous that workers are flocking to them in droves. They have their pick of the top minds of the nation and even the world, even over Microsoft or Apple.
Employment isn't just employment, it's your lifestyle. There is no REAL separation between life and work, or the welfare of the nation and the economy of the nation. How people relate to their work matters to the happiness quotient of our society. You spend a big chunk of the week there and you want your quality of life to be good. The corporate culture of the U.S. is largely focused on those negative incentives, but it doesn't have to be. The whole employment model of the U.S. could be geared toward actually ensuring the population at large is healthy and happy with their jobs and it wouldn't take that much effort to accomplish it. But instead it is geared more toward extreme maximization of profits for the top echelon, to absurd degrees... like, monitoring people's internet use, and tracking how long they are in the washroom by monitoring their FOB use. It's insane.
If your employer is a fascist then you won't want to work for them - or, if you are stuck with them, you won't want to go out of your way to help them. You'll cut corners and it will be about your survival only, instead of survival of the community.
Last edited by Temporal; 03-08-11 at 03:11 AM.
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But keep in mind that the work week is capped at 40 to mark when overtime is being calculated. Meaning that employers avoid permitting or requesting people work that long - and if they do work longer - they get paid more.
I think '40 being the magic number to qualify as full time' is too steep. . . .I think there should be a window - 36-40 hours being classified and treated as full time would be ideal. This would give some people who are paid hourly - but classified as full-time - a little bit of earned flex in their work hours.
Anything over 40 would be good for overtime pay, as it is now.
But anything between 36-40 would net those full-time benefits.
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I work for a company that won't give you 40 even after working there for 4 years with stellar praise and reports of acheivement. I feel I am entitled to some benefits considering the money I've made this company.
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