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Friday, June 3, 2016

Microstory 335: Job Security

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Economic Participation

Ah, job security. Does it exist? Nope. One thing you have to know is that working is an exchange, much like paying for things is. I give you money, you give me product or service. With a job, I do work for you, you give me money. The complexities will come into play later, but in the end, that’s what it boils down to. And you have to know this in order to understand one simple fact; no one in the job market owes you anything, and you don’t owe them anything either. A company is getting just as much out of you working for them as you are getting by being gainfully employed. And I do mean that it’s just as much, because the market has determined how much that job is worth, and you have agreed to work for that amount of money. If you want more money, you’ll have to ask for a raise, or find a new job. Likewise, if they want to pay less, they’re either going to have to give you a pay cut, or hire someone else. All this makes it sound like the system is perfect, and that I have no problem with it. It actually is a problem, and steps should be taken to rectify it. Women tend to be paid less than men for the same job. Age seems to be a double-edged sword, because employers want experience, but they also want cheap, young labor. So these companies are constantly turning employees over and shifting structure, essentially desperate to find a loophole to this whole thing about slavery being illegal. They hire interns and contractors, and they keep people under 40 hours a week so they don’t have to provide benefits, and they’ll always be that much closer to letting you go. No, job security does not exist, but some positions are closer than others. Once you’re comfortable where you are, your next step is further up the ladder towards the securiest job security available.

Capacity to Provide

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