All true. I have nothing against businesses and business owners making money but for years I’ve seen the employees getting a smaller and smaller piece of the pie — in wages and benefits. In fact, benefits are decreasing drastically if any are offered at all.

I ran figures a few years ago on one of my clients. In the 80’s the owners/officers were making double, triple, or quadruple the highest employee’s income. Now, they are making 7 to 12 times what the highest employee makes. Plus, benefits are less than half what they once were, and employees are expected to receive work emails on their cell phones and several must have the ability to log into their work computers from home. Employees work many weekends and holidays, take work home, and answer emails while out sick or on vacation. Many find it difficult, if not impossible, to take more than 2 or 3 days off at a time because the work load is so heavy. Vacations of 5 or more days rarely happen. These people are working harder, experience greater levels of stress, and have less personal time than ever but have less to show for it. Most of the employees have been there for 25+ years so it’s easy to track wages, vacations, etc. These are dedicated, hardworking, knowledgeable, and competent professionals who are well respected in their fields. Yet, their working and income situations have deteriorated over the years while their bosses’ have improved greatly.

The disturbing twist is that the bosses/owners are not horrible people. They have good relationships with the employees. They are decent people. It’s not as though the employers have become evil over the years. I believe the trickle down economy practice of the Republicans has erroneously fooled these employers into believing what is good for them is good for everyone else and that somehow they deserve so much more than their employees because they give back more to the economy. They’ve lost their sense of fairness and compassion. It’s a true lack of humanity and that is very, very disturbing.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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