The End of Work–The current work crunch at hospitals is the tip of a much larger iceberg
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Donald Sull, Charles Sull, and Ben Zweig recently conducted a massive study of workplace data for the MIT Sloan Management Review, including more than a million Glassdoor reviews. What are employees complaining about at companies losing the most workers in this tsunami of resignations? Interestingly, not mainly pay. Complaints about pay ranked 16th of the issues that predict quits. The biggest predictor is a toxic culture – workplaces that fail to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion; that don’t make workers feel respected and valued; and make them to feel insecure. No one likes to be underpaid. But it turns out people like disrespect and insecurity even less.
When Australian researchers recently reviewed data on more than 1,000 workers, they discovered that working for a companies that “fail to reward or acknowledge their employees for hard work, impose unreasonable demands on workers, and do not give them autonomy” triples the odds that workers will suffer major depression.
I’m no soothsayer, but as I look ahead I’m fairly certain we’re going to see companies and nonprofits moving toward more flexible work, autonomous work, and mandatory limits on work hours. They have no choice if they want to recruit and retain reliable employees.
We’re also going to see far more self-employment, more people moving to locales around the country where housing is cheaper, and, in general, more of us seeking to simplify our lives.
Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction
January 24, 2022 at 3:09 PM #467524Average GazooParticipant
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Remote, numbers-driven decisions increasingly drive unreasonable expectations for the workers who make real things, work face-to-face with customers, and perform physical (in any sense of the word) labor.
Oddly, Reich claims that the answer is “far more self-employment, more people moving to locales around the country where housing is cheaper.” It seems to be more of the Clintonite market-solution thinking that ignores class divisions and K-shaped “recoveries.”
I’m beginning to think that when politicians say “self-employment” or “entrepreneur” or “creative economy” it means they have no idea what people will do to make a living.
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January 24, 2022 at 4:05 PM #467530Utopian LeftistParticipant
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I normally respect Reich; he raises a lot of important issues. But in that sentence you quoted, he is being hopelessly naive and out of touch with the reality of working people.
There is no place in the country now “where housing is cheaper.” In fact, for ALL of the top twenty largest US cities, the average Social Security check is less than the average one-bedroom apartment, monthly rent. Ergo, the only affordable places left in the country are the small towns with no jobs.
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January 24, 2022 at 7:03 PM #467550doh1304Participant
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housing costs would rise the next day. And look at the language: ” diversity, equity, and inclusion” – words corporatists hide their contempt behind.
January 25, 2022 at 12:48 AM #467627VoltairineParticipant
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We don’t need jobs, we don’t want class society.
Bankster and politicians are not jobs, they are careers of thieving, being parasite vermin. We don’t need banksters and politicians, they are not necessary.
We do need mutual care, respect and dignity. We need honesty and trust.
January 25, 2022 at 12:41 AM #467623VoltairineParticipant
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It was already known from Graebers study on Bullshit jobs, and first hand experience of lockdowns etc fully exposed what really is “essential job”, necessary work, and what is not.
I grew up in extended family clan de facto matriarchy. Natural matriarchy has nothing to do with any formal/institutional power hierarchy, it’s the simple self-evident principle that who does what needs to be done (to procreate, cook to feed the kids etc essential), decides how she does. Graeber also spoke of “caring classes” instead of “working class, to remind that you make a cup once, you wash it thousans fo times. Most necessary work is nurture and maintenance, not fetish of productivism (and making stuff to break up, so you can sell more stuff for absurd profit making).
Capitalism aka ‘Protestant work ethic’ is a donkey religion of carrot up to Unholy Absurd. The caring classes are now really waking up to their real power and responsibility, as we saw already with Yellow vests etc., while the paper pushing “ruling” classes in their bullshit jobs focus on making life suck more with their “woke” extreme authoritarianism. Caring classes waking up mentally and spiritually means the end of capitalism-as-we-knew-it. And also much bigger and more radical civilization scale revolution.
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