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Workin' For a Living

Updated on October 23, 2013

Mike's Common Sense

Is it me, or is it just getting harder and harder each day to get up and go to work. Does anybody else feel this way?

Maybe I’m just getting old, but I am finding it a real drag to have to get up and go to work. I know, I know, unemployment is near an all time high, and I should thank the Lord to have ANY job.

I am thankful, and I do thank God for my job on a nearly daily basis, but there’s one thing that keeps bothering me; the job site is getting more and more stressful to work at. Every day it seems that someone keeps changing the rules of the work force game.

I have always been the proponent of management’s right to dictate the rules and policies of their companies. I always tell my co-workers “It’s their game; they get to make the rules.” The problem though, is they keep changing the rules, and it is making life more stressful.

My theory is that the bad economy has something to do with this trend. Every business is searching for ways to cut their costs, and their payroll. The first people they look to ax are the ones not protected by a union. Middle management employees (and some senior management) are under intense pressure to justify their paychecks. They actually have to act like they are valuable to the company.

What is the answer to their dilemma? Is it to brain storm the true problems that exist in the company, and figure out how to rectify them? No. Instead they sit around thinking up new rules for the employees to follow. They always give the same old reasons for these “important” changes; “we want you to be safer at work”, “we want you to be more productive”, but they are just trying to justify their existence.

Actually, it’s become a little more than that; and I think it is approaching harassment.

Like I said before, all companies are looking to cut payroll costs. Perhaps all these rule changes are nothing more than a brow-beating to get all older, more vested, higher paid employees to retire. It makes sense. If the company can convince older people to retire, they can hire new employees at one third the cost.

The funny thing is that older employees would LOVE to retire. However, most of them can’t afford to retire, or won’t if they have to get a job as a greeter at Wal-Mart to do so.

I have a suggestion, can all the dead wood in middle-management (what a bonfire that would make!), and use that money to raise the retirement funds of the people that actually do the work. Then they could afford to retire and make jobs for the younger unemployed folks. This makes sense to me also.

So, how are things at your work place?


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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi James! I bet you can walk on water. You must not be high management though or you would have got a FAT bonus.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Hey! I walk on water and didn't get a raise! :D

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      SJM 8 years ago

      I find it truely amazing that with this many disgrunted workers, under this much stress, there aren't more executions of high ranking managers.

      Especially in the banking industry!

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Oh, absolutely! I can guarantee that the people who walk on water there are still getting fat bonuses and raises. And the saddest part of all, why do I stay? Because as you said, to just be thankful I have a job. Yes, I do realize there are folks out there who have much more dire circumstances than my own, my son being one of them. So, yes, I have to admit I'm grateful for what I do have. The chances of my finding anything better at my age in this economy are slim to none.

      BTW, did you get my email?

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      Michael A Muehleisen 8 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Trish, Wow! you said a mouthful! It is indeed strange that management can cut costs on things like accrued vacations, picnics, 401k, health benefits, etc, but they never cut the amount of their bonuses do they? Their greed is so obvious they are pathetic.

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      trish1048 8 years ago

      Where do I begin?  Several years ago, I got the first inkling that the winds were changing.  I was told I would be getting no raise that year.  The reason?  If I accepted no raise, then they would keep my job, otherwise, they wanted to eliminate it.  Hogwash I say, as I'm still there.  Then, a couple of years later, they again announced that the folks who had a '3' rating, which meant they did their job, would get no raises.  I was so angry I wrote to the then CEO to voice my complaint,  Among other things, I said I will be investing in a tent so that I could camp in the park around the corner from the job to save on commuting costs.  I also said, 'you talk in monthly emails about how we are the backbone of the company'.  I said 'how many years of no raises do you think we will tolerate before our back breaks?'   Needless to say, he did reply, but with nothing but platitudes.

      Now, in today's economy, we are not getting a raise this year, they stopped matching the 401K, they deferred vacation time (in the hopes by the time the extra week came around, people would be retired), they raised the cost of our medical coverage, the pension fund is in jeopardy, and they have now cut the company picnic and the company Christmas party.  Oh, excuse me, I mean the 'holiday gala'.  Have to be politically correct, you know.  The next thing I see coming down the pike is taking away the coffee, the only remaining freebie, and installing a coffee machine.  Overtime?  I am salary, so there is no overtime pay.

      It's more than pathetic.  As I look back, I could afford more things on less pay.  I sit in amazement at how I was able to do that.  Now, I'm making the equivalent of what I made when I first started in terms of buying power.  Oh, and let's see, I had my own home that I had to give up for a much smaller one.  I finally paid off my leased truck that is now 10 yrs old.  Other than that, life is grand!

      Do I hate getting up for work? You bet your sweet butt I do! Like I mentioned before, I need to win a lottery or find that elusive sugar daddy.

      By the time Monday rolls around, my stomach is already in knots and the stress is setting in, to face the reality of having to work day in, day out year after year.