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.”
Julia Stewart, who worked as a waitress at an IHOP at 16 years old, worked her way up through various jobs to become a President at Applebees. After being passed over for CEO, she returned to IHOP, became CEO, and later acquired Applebees.
New Jersey lifeguards can retire when they’re 45 years old with a lifelong pension of up to $61,000.00/year. And when they die, the payments continue on to their dependents.
Instead of handouts, panhandlers in Albuquerque, NM are offered a job making $9/hr cash paid at end of workday for doing work for the city’s Solid Waste Dept. A 16-seat van run by a homeless shelter cruises the streets to offer jobs to panhandlers. Homeless can also call 311 to receive help.