After all, it means you still have a job. Many people have been looking for work for month and even years, so knowing you still have a desk to sit at for your company is just about worth the price you might pay. My brother spent almost 5 months unemployed for the second time in 2 years, and I am sure he would have preferred a little more work for the same pay in this economy. However, CNN/Money is phrasing it as “Layoff survivors are now stuck with more responsibilities and additional stress – for the same old salary“, turning what might be seen as a positive into a negative.
They are writing about the extra workload, the negative attitude it may cause on the job, and the stagnant pay…while completely ignoring the fact that in the worst economy in 70 years, these people still have a job at all. If it really is that bad, I suggest they quit and try to find another gig; it’s not that easy out there to find good jobs, but more power to you if you think you can make the jump. While the article briefly mentions one positive of this trend, that you can learn new skills because you are taking on more work while at work, there really are a few while we all struggle through these times:
1. You still have a job at all.
2. You get to keep your health care if your company offers it.
3. You can learn more skills, as they mentioned.
4. Your resume stays current and will not have long lapses of unemployment.
5. Your entire life doesn’t get disrupted by a lack of income.
Yes, companies need to do their best to take care of their employees in both good and bad times, as otherwise you will have miserable (or no) employees to do the work necessary. But I do think that in these times, taking on a little extra work for the same pay you made before is a much better alternative to losing your job altogether – and I think this article misses that point entirely.
What do you guys think? What are your thoughts on this? Agree? Disagree? Let’s discuss!