Anyone else over worked and under paid by comparison to the way things were in the before time?
I’ve been lucky in that I have been able to keep my job through the worst of times. I was even able to switch to a new job when I felt the need to move on with my career. Despite this I am still somewhat hesitant to dip my feet too heavily into that job pool. I think that employers know this too as they are keeping some of the habits they developed over the recession. I am finding that many of my peers were doing more work for less pay during the hard times. This seems to be only exasperated by the fact that people are scared to leave poor working conditions. Research conducted in Europe found that “Some 62% said they are willing to put a great deal of effort beyond what is normally expected to help their organization be successful and only 12% are actively looking for another job. However, only 39% believe their senior leaders are trustworthy and 30% believe their organizations did not treat their employees fairly in the last 12 months.”
How can we fix the whole problem? The simple answer comes from the employers. Start your hiring. The economy has really picked up and the time has come to deliver more employee confidence. Let me give you an example of what not to do. Recently at my facility one of the senior management left for a job at a different firm. Normally this would cause a trickle down effect causing people to move up in their careers. However, my firm decided not to replace him. Instead they though it best to move his responsibilities down to his subordinates who would then move some of their responsibilities down etc. Now we all have more work to do at the same wage AND NO HOPE TO MOVE UP! This shows that they don’t want to encourage career growth instead want to encourage more stress on an already over stressed population.