If you’re fortunate enough to still have a job, you want to do everything in your power to hold onto it. I understand that.
But what are you willing to give up?
How about any hope of a raise? What about the chance to work from home one or more days a week? What about extra pay for taking on extra jobs or duties?
Turns out, a growing number of workers are willing to give up all of these perks to hold onto their jobs.
It’s unfortunate that people are willing to give up so much. But it’s certainly understandable. The nation’s unemployment rate has soared to 8.5 percent. And in many states, the jobless rate is even higher.
Still … I wonder about the long-term impact this willingness of workers to simply give up on their work-life benefits and perks. Once the recession ends — and it will, despite the steady stream of gloomy news and economic reports, end some day — I worry that employers, grown used to employees willing to do more for less, will forget that they once paid their workers to take on extra jobs, or rewarded them for working longer hours.
Have we workers created a new norm at our offices, a norm where we’re expected to work long hours and commit ourselves wholly to our jobs without expecting any perks from our employers?