I am trying to find out if I am overreacting to the job I have in wonderful corporate America, because while on the one hand, I understand the concept of capitalism, on the other hand, all I see is greed and misuse of employees, which to me is morally bankrupt and exploitive, and makes me so aggravated that every week I end up hating my job and wish I could do anything else including working on a beet farm.
We used to be able to leave for lunch, generally an hour. Now it is “frowned upon” to leave at all.
10 years ago the expectation was 8 hours a day. Then it became 9 hours a day. Now it is at least 10 hours expected a day, with many working 11-13 a day. In the past year we experienced a culture shift where you basically get heaps of work with no extra pay, and it is very near to impossible to get it done. I would like to actually have time for other things in my life, besides work. That would be good.
The wonderful CEO gets millions of dollars in bonus each year, while they took away any health care coverage after retirement.
We are micro managed to the point of insanity about costs. All we ever hear, our 50-60 hours per work week, of every week, is cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, cut costs, cut your labor, cut your labor, cut your labor. Did I mention cut costs and cut your labor?
Our department is deliberately understaffed, so the wonderful company can cut costs, and the remaining employees have to work 11-13 hours a day. (see number two). However, the CEO still gets his 4 million dollar bonus each year (see number three).
If you have ever worked in corporate America, you know that a lot of management lies, points fingers to make themselves look great, and the hard workers get rewarded with more work, while the ones who do very little but kiss tushie are the ones that move up.
Why do I stay? The money.
However, I feel the culture is morally bankrupt and so generally annoying that I have a struggle within me going on all the time. Do I take a less stress job with much less pay? I would love to work within the diocese if I can, although if that happened I’m sure I would make a third of what I do now. And I know what Jesus said about the rich man. I am not a rich woman based on American standards, but I sure am compared to the rest of the world.
Anyone else suffer with this conundrum? At the same time, I do have a good chance of preparing for my future, and consider myself lucky to have a job that I can at least save a 401K for in this tough economy, even though I will of course get no medical insurance after I retire because we must cut costs and fund the CEO’s bonus. And I do give quite a bit to charity.
I understand this is a capitalist society, but America does not treat it’s employees well anymore. They don’t share the dollar success. To me this is bordering on exploitation and is fostered by greed and immorality.
Advice, please, please. These kinds of things seem to bother no one else at all and maybe they should not bother me.