In Japan, rōnin (the term for a masterless samurai) also nowadays refers to someone who is unemployed.
Wal-Mart used to routinely lock overnight workers in the store, often without a key-holding manager present and sometimes even chaining the fire escape shut.
Japan requires citizens between the ages of 45 and 74 to have their waistlines measured once a year and are expected to fall within an established range. Companies and local governments may face fines if their employees are overweight and do not meet these guidelines.
A study by the London School of Economics found that the place human beings feel most miserable is work.
70% of Americans polled either hate their job or are “disengaged” from their work, and even perks don’t work if they’re unhappy with management.
The highest paid CEO in the U.S. was John Hammergren of McKesson Corp in 2011, in excess of $700 million. At a company annual meeting in 2013, an employee asked for wages increases and was fired 4 months later. In June 2014, he returned to the company’s annual meeting to ask that Hammergren’s $292 million severance package be redistributed to low-paid employees. The proposal was defeated by the shareholders.
WalMart and McDonalds are the 3rd and 4th largest employers in the world; only the armies of the United States and China employ more people.
An estimated 80% of available jobs in the U.S. never get posted or advertised.
In 2013, a US IT worker outsourced his own job to a man in China. He paid the man 1/5 of his salary and then he sat at his desk browsing the internet. He was found out after a security audit discovered some suspicious VPN activity.
Chocolate magnate Milton Hershey launched a ‘Great Building Campaign’ during the Great Depression with the aim of employing more people. When he was told that a steam shovel being used on a project did the work of 40 men, he instructed his foreman: “Take them off. Hire 40 men.”