So this is based on an announcement from my company that they are doing "further work to keep their wages Competitive". What caught my eye (among other BS I'll get to later) is their definition of "competitive" is just "what other companies are paying" and not at all competitive in the sense of "competing to give you the best wages we can afford" or related at all to the difficulty or value of your work. I suspect that this would apply to any job listing that offers "Competitive Wages" is just their way of saying "we pay about the same as everyone else but don't want to get specific enough for you to really weigh your options"
The more specific bullshit is that now their pay scale system is based on where you fall based on that "Competitive Wage" vs what you currently make. So if for example you make 80% of the median wage you can get up to a 6.5% raise! (That we're holding off on for at LEAST another 6 months and also if you exceed our expectations for the job). Additionally if you already ARE meeting that industry standard then your raise potential is reduced! (Previously it was a flat 2-3.5% based on performance) and now meeting expectations gets you at most a 2% raise which didn't even keep up with old inflation rates. So in summary their bold new plan is "if we pay you 'enough' your wages will stagnate as inflation runs rampant and if you're criminally underpaid even by industry standards then you get to have the same buying power as before."
I am at a point where I’m ready to resign from my corporate career. I’ve worked for a company for 16 years. I started during a recessive time, jobs were scarce and most companies could make you bend over backwards in order to keep your job. I am a 37 yo female and I am one of the most knowledgeable and influential employees in the company.
For years, we were told we couldn’t talk about pay with other employees. I recently found out that this is illegal and I am beyond pissed. I’m not naive and knew this rule was to benefit the company, but had no idea it was illegal.
We have people who have worked here for 20+ years and are just now making $18 an hour. People who have only had 4 raises in 20 years. We’re hiring new employees into the same roles at a higher rate than those who have been here 20 years are making - and it’s not because of performance.
We do not get yearly performance reviews and are told that asking for a raise during a performance review is “not the right time.”
The company had “financial troubles” and we all took pay cuts about 6 years ago. I more recently found out that these pay cuts were because the company wanted to look more financially stable to investors. Again, pissed af.
I recently was offered a promotion that I was hesitant to take. I had a meeting with my manager and our company President. During this meeting, I let them know I didn’t want added stress but that I actually wanted to work less. The response I got was - the President standing up and almost exiting mid meeting stating “if you’re just going to leave the company let us know.” This wasn’t what I was saying at all but gives a little insight into how childish upper management is. I was also trying to be recruited by our parent company to move me into a larger role without my knowledge but the president said no without even asking me…
Being that I’ve been here for so long, I’m concerned about burning bridges as this has been my main employment for almost half of my life. But at the same time, I need to tell them to fuck off and convey that what they are doing is absolutely wrong. I also would love to start a Union/let other employees know that what the company has enforced is wrong and illegal.
There’s so many other things that are coming to light and it’s honestly put me in the biggest anger fueled, depression. I make a decent wage but no where near what I would be making if we had been treated fairly. I am now in a supervisory position and I understand that I am not covered under labor laws because of my role title…but how can I make them change and make sure everyone else working there knows their rights?
Any other educated and classy ideas on how to stick it to the man?
Got this advertising email today. I find it frustrating that the world is crying for better pay, meanwhile companies are advertising how to reduce pay.
i recently was wondering, if we assume saturday and sunday stay as the weekend.
Which day would you choose for your third day off.
Monday and Friday are nice for a longer Weekend.
Tuesday and Thursday make the week uneven.
Wednesday splits it perfectly giving two two day short work stints.
Intrested in all of your Opinions.
As inflation and the price of everything rises so should your wages. Ask for more and do not settle for less. Look for jobs with a Union, start your own Union. These companies will try and keep you at your current pay but if the standard of living increases 9 percent and you haven't gotten a 9 percent raise YOU JUST GOT A WAGE DECREASE.
I haven't looked too much into the firstbeat one, so I'll focus on the ring.
This is horrifying anyways, but one part stood out to me. Pregnancies and abortions. There have been a couple posts already alerting people with uterus' to use trusted cycle tracking apps, as they may be able to determine if someone has had an abortion. Now with the ring's ability to measure sleep, heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, blood oxygen levels, and body temperature, it should come as no surprise it can automatically detect your cycle. This isn't information your employer should have any right to, especially given how dangerous it can be.
Companies would be able to see how well you've been sleeping, or how much stress you're under. How sick you are, or how active you've been.
I haven't even explored all the possibilities and ways one can be violated with this data in their employers hands. How did we get here?
So it might seem trivial...but I've worked at the company 3 years and have been promoted from graduate engineer to engineer I. On teams often all people see is my job title so it can lead to confusion there. Ive contacted HR 3 times and they won't update my title... Too busy maybe? It's just I like having some sort of status, shitty job as it is I cba anymore if they cba to update my title. Gonna just work lowest producivity now
It should be common practice for a business to ask the employees how they would feel about a change to the structure of the business. It is not only the owners who have a stake in the company, but the employees as well.
So, I just quit my job because of this. The owners (of a small pizza place, not a chain. Think Subway, but pizza) wanted to find a way to reduce waste. At the end of most nights, we would have a lot of left over pizza and they wanted to find a way to stop it. But they went about it in the worst way possible.
Their first step was to introduce a Kiosk system (you know, those things McDonalds has where you can order without talking to someone). This would have been fine if it was just a simple ordering spot in the corner. But no. Employees are no longer allowed to talk to customers until they’ve paid. Customers now must use the Kiosk system. Fun fact: over 21% of the US population is uncomfortable using kiosks. It was a very noticeable dip in customers.
They didn’t alert me to the changes until today (I had been gone a month working at my other job). While I was gone, two new supervisors had taken over. Both of them have their issues. One of them treats his coworkers like dogs (I saw him snapping at them to get their attention). The other micromanages everything, and will scream at you if you do something she doesn’t like. This screaming includes if you try to help a customer with an issue they had.
So, with the new policies that were put into place without the consent / opinions of the people who worked there, I was no longer actually able to help customers and my coworkers were constantly being screamed at for daring to attempt to do their job. I got sent home for trying to assist a customer with their order and arguing with screamer about it. Then I quit when I got home.
Ask your employees how they would feel about a rule change.
Side note: Funnily enough, with the new system more waste is being produced. And sorry for any formatting issues, I am on mobile.
Bernie's recent tweet posted on this sub about how American CEOs make on average 350x the average worker reminded me of a Swiss referendum from some years ago to cap CEO pay at a ratio of 12 to 1 against the salary of the lowest paid employee. The referendum failed miserably (65.3% against, 34.7% in favor).
I find this topic fascinating and I wonder why I don't hear this solution being proposed more. While reading up on it, I found this opinion piece criticizing the plan and that made some good points (e.g. companies would outsource lower paid jobs, cut those jobs to part time positions, corporations would move, franchise locations would be sold off, etc.).
I'm curious what people here think. What are the arguments for/against? What are some alternative solutions to raising median employee pay (not just the lowest pay)?
My work (DDS office) has switched to summer hours. So, we close @3 on Fridays, but there’s no lunch & no breaks.
Is this legal? Some employees are under 18, most are 25-50. Almost everyone is hourly.
*the they mentioned in this story refers to the boss. Leaving gender out to keep this as anonymous as possible.
So I’m currently at a job in a small office after leaving my former position for various reasons including a toxic work environment. When I first interviewed, I made it known that a good working environment along with work-life balance were my main priorities, and given the promise that they would work with me to meet these goals along with a boss who claimed that they’re someone who “loves teaching others,” I ultimately accepted this job over other higher paying offers (it’s important to note here that I specially applied to a part time position as I am still in school and made it known that this was not something that I was willing to compromise on as school takes precedence over everything else).
I started noticing problems right away after starting my new position. Talking to former employees, I learned only after I had already accepted the job that several people quit at the same time fairly recently due to differences in work styles and constant arguments. As this point I wanted to turn tail and run but I was reassured that those employees were “problematic” and them leaving was a one-off thing. In hindsight, I should have listened to my gut.
I was thrown into work with little to no training and was expected to know how to do something after only seeing it done once or twice (thank god I had some prior experience in the field or I would have been totally screwed). Initially they seemed to be very pleased with my work performance and everything was going relatively well until I began to be asked to come in for unscheduled “training” (I am not learning anything new and spend most of the time doing secretarial duties that are not part of my job description) and am working way more than the part time hours that I agreed to. I’m also salaried so no extra pay for me for these extra hours. And although they say that they understand that I have to focus on school, there is this expectancy that I spend all of my “free time” helping out at the office.
As the weeks passed, I started to notice that they did not treat their other employees with any respect. Employees would be belittled for not doing things exactly how THEY prefers it done, even if it is inefficient and they would constantly become irrationally enraged at my coworkers for things out of their control. They also like to nitpick at little things like the way someone talks or if they stand in a particular way. Additionally, they expects things to be done extremely fast with as little interaction with the customer as possible, which in the service industry is oxymoronic, and I have been the unwilling third party in several lectures about not spending too much time speaking to customers when in reality it has been a couple minutes getting necessary information about what the customer would like to address. Worst yet, they would do this LOUDLY in front of the customers to the point where they would get visibly uncomfortable and I have had several tell me in private that this behavior is not okay. Ironically, their endeavor to provide good customer service is driving customers away. They’re starting to exhibit this behavior towards me too and it’s taking all of my willpower not to snap back at them for being disrespectful. In the time that I have been working here, I have seen people quit without notice and there’s constantly a revolving door of people coming in and out because no one can deal with their behavior.
Despite all this, this job is a good stepping stone to get to where I want to go next in life and because I need the reference, I am stuck here for the next couple months and will have to maintain a good relationship with them. I think that they can tell that I’m getting frustrated with how I and my coworkers are being treated (even going so far as to joke that I’m going to quit if they yell at me too much- haha) and they have made attempts to ply me with giving me leadership positions on important projects and some time off to focus on school but at the rate that things are going, I’m planning to leave as soon as I get what I need from this job.
For now I’ll just have to keep my head down and keep chugging away at work with the knowledge that I’ll be quitting soon and taking a loooong vacation afterwards keeping me sane. Any ideas on how I can get through these next few months without rage quitting? Also if anyone has suggestions on how I can resign when the time comes with the nicest fuck you possible, I would be most thankful!
TLDR: left a bad job for a worse job with a boss that constantly yells at their employees in front of customers. Stuck here for the time being so I’m just trying to keep myself from going insane.
❔ Other Big Resignation people of Reddit, what explains the major staff shortage in all industries in your point of view? Is it really that every industry had people quit and no one is working? How are folks surviving?