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The Wolf at Your Door – Is It Your Own Employer?

A look at today’s job market from the inside:

You’ve worked for one company for more than ten years and even in hard times it seems to continue growing. The pay is good; extremely good, until one day your email stops working. You call in to troubleshoot and find your account has been turned off and the owner of the company sells to an investor that has its own department that does exactly what you have done for him for nearly 10 years. More than half your family’s monthly income is gone in a single day and your world comes crashing down around your ears.

Many of you have known the seemingly endless struggle of looking for that one job that will allow you to keep your family  ادرس جدید ولف بت off food stamps; that one job that will put your budget over the top and allow you to keep your home. You know very intimately that painful in-your-gut fear that you will not be able to provide for your children. That gnawing pain in your gut and your chest which has been your constant companion for far too long…

After knowing that life, you move on and find yourself finally taking a job. It’s not the best job, and it barely allows to squeak by, but it’s the only glimmer of light in a dank and deserted job market, so you take it to keep the lights on and food on the table.

The pain fades, the stress seems to melt away…

The new job seems to be going well, they all seem to like you, but then you find that 90 days review for a pay increase you were promised once you have proven yourself just never happens. Your boss continues to threaten pay cuts and declares the economy is killing him. You move on, telling yourself that the bills are still paid, the food is still on the table and life is still better than it was.

The gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach is back…

Your workload continues to grow beyond what can ever get done within 40 hours each week and instead of getting overtime, you are put on salary and are told you must complete the work anyway. You sacrifice to get things done on time even when that means working evenings too, but nobody seems to care and it doesn’t seem to get you anywhere. When you have a doctor’s appointment, they dock your pay for the hours you are gone and refuse to take into account any of the extra hours you already put in so far that week. You know it’s not right, but where can you go? You bring it up and you could lose your job, you fight for what is right and again you lose your job. People tell you to sue, but that also means losing your job for the hope of a payday, but in the meantime your bills go unpaid and there is no food on the table.

The stress level starts to rise…

One of your coworkers is let go and you now have two jobs to do with no extra pay. You think that perhaps that if you take on this extra load without complaint that your boss will raise your pay just a little to compensate you for your extra effort, but it never happens. Your boss just seems to take whatever you give as his due, and never looks back.