The The Freedom of the American Workforce
American workforce isn't as great for us as it is for them.
I can see whereas you read this, most people, mainly old-timers will look at it and say "well that is just how life works, get over it", and that is, unfortunately, the truth. Most of us work at a job we have no desire to be at just to pay bills, taxes and in the end, all we have left hopefully a small chunk of what we worked for to live on after we get too damn old to work anymore. Why is it, that in the greatest country in the world, do we have fewer benefits and more turnover than other developed countries?
First, we start with what I feel is the biggest atrocity as far as the workplace goes and that is paternity leave. Now America like the other 41 developed countries have paternity leave, but the difference is, the United States is the only country without paid maternity leave. I get it, other countries have higher taxes and other nonsense they have to pay, but paternity leave is one that all countries would benefit from having. For example, the country of Estonia, has a mandated 86 paid weeks of leave for paternity, while the U.S has zero mandated weeks of paid paternity leave. Now I know some companies in the country have different paternity programs, but for the most part, the average paid leave someone working in the U.S can get is 11 weeks. That is it, a little over 2 months is all new parents have to have a baby and take care of the baby and get paid. Anything afterward, you have to hope you have enough vacation time left, or you don't get paid or even worse, you get let go because you are not at work for the amount of time you are gone nurturing a newborn, trying to finish up adoption and so forth. Meanwhile, the country of Estonia has a year and 2 months of paid parental leave.
Having a baby is stressful enough as it is, but to add in that you have to worry about getting your bills paid, keeping your job and worrying about who will take care of your child when you have to go back to work shortly after you have a baby, adds unnecessary stresses to a new and growing family. All because these workplaces think you should live through and for your job, as opposed to taking care of your family. Hell even Mexico, a third world country that is dying a slow death, has more government-mandated parental leave than the United States.
Now comes the vacation time, and honestly what is sad, is that we should be thankful for the vacation time we do get because technically in the United States, the companies we work for don't have to provide paid time off at all. The only guaranteed days the government allows us to get off are 10 major holidays a year. That's right, technically we could all only get the 10 holidays off and not have any other paid time off. Meanwhile, if you look at the United Kingdom, they get 28 days of annual paid leave plus 9 holidays. Now thankfully, most companies if not all in the country allow for paid time off, after probation periods, and depending on how long you have worked for the company, you get hours added yearly, but eventually, you will max out, and for the most part, the paid leave is 2 weeks. So an average of 14 days, 2 weeks of paid leave in the United States, compared to 28 days (4 weeks) in the United Kingdom. So basically we in the greatest country in the world are supposed to work nonstop and get little to no time off. In simpler terms, we are supposed to work and live for our companies and not for ourselves.
Then we move on to the medical insurance, which in itself is a scheme created to rob you of more hard-earned money. From my personal experience, the insurance provided through my workplace is completely useless and nothing more than a money grab. For most of us, health insurance through work is expensive and offers little to no useful coverage. You spend a lot of money to have insurance, and then have to spend even more money when you have to use the insurance, and god forbid you to have to go to the hospital because of an emergency and need an ambulance. Your insurance won't take over until you have paid the extremely high deductible, for which if you are out of work for a long time, again unless you have a vacation, you won't get paid. Therefore you will have medical bills piling up while your job is only guaranteed for so long the through FMLA act. So basically your choice ends up being, if you're dying, try to live or be in extreme debt. Now the mafia act that is Health Insurance is something I could rant on for hours, but I will save that for another time.
So there is a lot more to go on, but I don't want this to be too long and just wanted to cover the most ridiculous parts of being in the workforce. Why is it we are required to work, and in most people's cases be overworked for nothing. All the prices in the country on everything are so damn high that someone who makes $25 an hour can barely survive after paying bills. We all have to provide for our families, but at what cost. We are stuck with the ultimatum of work and provide for our families and have no life, and take time with your family and be broke and damn near homeless. We are stuck with being happy and having a life or being miserable at a bullshit job just to be broke. We are stuck having taxes pulled out of our checks, all the while being taxed for other things constantly. You would think that the government would cut us a break and allow us to start a family comfortably, and be there, but no, your choice is have a baby, go on leave and don't get paid, or have a baby, and get back as soon as possible to make sure you can provide. We are stuck between living life and taking time to enjoy life, but doing so when the company says you can for as long as you can. Yes, this is the greatest country with great jobs, as long as you live through them and do everything on your schedule.
The moral of the story is, don't live your life through a bullshit company. Sure some companies are great to work for while most aren't. Yes, we have to make living and provide for our families, but the truth is whether you're in construction, accounting, plumbing, hairstylist, janitor, welder, nurse, teacher, or in customer service, that if you can die tomorrow and your position will be filled by next week. So while you should do your job to the best of your abilities, don't live your life through your job. Live life, and do what you want. Life is a short, fragile thing that you only get one shot at. Don't waste it being a company man or woman and letting them tell you when you can and can't enjoy life. Don't let them dictate when you can and can't have a child.
It is time for a change, companies continuously bite the hands that feed them (the workers), and it is time that the hand starts hitting back. God willing, at some point, the workers who keep the country turning, will be given the benefits and pay they deserve.
Until, next time,
WE the people
Time to Change
For a country all about freedom, they sure as hell have a lot of rules of shit you can only do on when they say so