This was in the Chicago Tribune this morning:
Which is the lesser corporate evil: to lay off more workers or save those jobs by cutting everyone's salary?
It's a question that's starting to pop up in management meetings as executives struggle to protect the bottom line during bad times. With companies slashing tens of thousands of jobs, a growing number now are trimming the paychecks of those left in place, with the cuts sometimes totaling 5 percent to 10 percent.
Few, though, have gone as far as Acco Brands Corp. of Lincolnshire to employ what it sees as a job-saving, morale-salvaging strategy.
The company, which supplies office products to such retailers as Office Depot Inc., told its U.S. employees Monday that it would impose a 47 percent pay cut for six weeks, beginning Feb. 23. After that time they would go to 80% of their pay.
As many websites do they had a poll and asked would you rather take a cut or be laid off? To my astonishment 62% said they'd take a layoff.
The story went on to explain the pros and cons which made sense either way. What I see in these unscientific results is an attitude of laziness by the American workforce. Time off for 6-8 months with pay, albeit at half pay, to just sit around and sleep, eat, play and bitch at the government because they have no job.
I offered the company I was doing work for to work for half my pay. I figured half is better than nothing.
Do people have any work ethics, pride, or integrity anymore? 7.7 million people have no jobs, no income of any kind and 62% are saying they're insulted by pay cuts and they'd rather be let go. Maybe I'm dumb, hold your comments, but the idea of having a job, being productive, contributing to society, and having self worth sure seems a lot better than being lazy for 6-8 months.
Maybe it's time to put a stipulation on unemployment benefits. If one is collecting benefits they must do at least 10 hours of community service a week.. There are so many things that could be for done kids, seniors, hospitals, parks and the environment. The government helps you and you help your fellow American.
Who am I kidding, people are probably too lazy to read this blog.