RE: employment law, overtime

Subject: RE: employment law, overtime
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:26:52 -0500

> <snip> it ended up being close to two years between when I was
actually able to take vacation. <

At a company I worked for many years ago, it seemed no one took
vacation. The staff was so small that the strain on everyone in the
office was already quite high.

When someone was out, for any reason, the stress levels rose to
dramatically. This was often followed by "resignations." Some
resignations were preceded by shouting matches. Management was
undisturbed by this trend.

I once asked our manager about this. I was much younger and ignorant of
office politics. He responded, and this is a direct quote, "I pay you to
work, not to take vacations." He himself never took a day off. Ever.

When I asked about the unhappy people leaving, he said that enabled him
to hire newer people at lower wages, thereby claiming greater
profitability for that quarter.

When I asked about losing the experience people took with them when they
walked out the door, he shrugged, saying he couldn't claim that loss on
a balance sheet. It simply wasn't a big deal to him.


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