Comments for: Sharing jobs would ease the pain of slumps

Posted May 02, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.

No one likes to fire people, and no one likes to be fired. So it’s odd and unfortunate that U.S. employers do it much more than they need to. Even when business is slack, there’s an alternative to cutting jobs: Companies could reduce hours, spreading the pain across all their …

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  • Anonymous

    Are these people serious? Rather than fire people, they want to share the jobs; that way instead of someone fully employed and someone eligible for “workers’ comp”, you’ll have two people working part-time.  That should help a lot when the mortgage payments and bills are due. Heaven forbid someone should have a medical problem. Their main concerns seem to be making sure that workers aren’t able to collect workers’ comp and to hold down the unemployment rate.  They apparently figure as long as someone has a job, even though it’s part-time and doesn’t pay enough to survive on, they’re not “unemployed”.  What constitutes a job in their minds;  would 8 hours a week be a job?  They may not be able to make the mortgage payment or pay the bills, but, hey!!, they’re not unemployed.

    This, to me, just shows how far removed from reality our academics are.

    • Anonymous

      People will just tell them to get another part time job an if they don’t than people will call them  lazy bums plus could they draw benefits from the state  ?  People in here say any job is a good job even if it is part time .

  • Guest

    First, try to get unions to agree with this.

    I worked for a major retailer one year after being laid off my “good” job.   The way their comphensation package was set up unless you worked at a major mall store with high traffic you ended up making minimum wage most of the time.  The store I worked in had 3 “associates” and 1 manager.  I was schedualed for 40 hours every week.   For the Xmas season they hired 2 more “part time” employees, both women, and with no experience.   After the Xmas season the corporation did not let the new employees go as they had in previous years.  You see, this particular retail corporation had a problem.  It had a high percentage of men as employees.  Most women did not know the business and were not attracted to it.  (I cannot say more without identifying both the business and location and that probably would violate SEVERAL BDN rules.)  The Federal Government was unhappy with their apparent discrimination against women.  Sort of hard to hire women for a job where male applicants for job openings usually out numbered women by 10 to 1.  But the government doesn’t care about things like that. 

    Since after Xmas business went down substantially, as it did every year, the store could not support 5 full time employees and a manager.  My hours were cut to 24 hours, some employees were cut more.  I could not live on 24 hours a week at minimum wage and I simply got a new job. 

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