What benefits employees should have? 22 replies

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Relander

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#1 11 years ago

Corporate executives generally have not just hefty pay checks but also good benefits. But what kind of benefits Oliver Ordinary working at a butter factory or Nancy Normal working as a secretary should have and why? How the value of work should be measured in a society? Thoughts?




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#2 11 years ago

They all need proper medical insurance if it is not provided already, particularly labor workers as they are the most prone to injury versus a corporate exec who has a better chance getting hurt on vacation than on the job itself. The reality however is precisely the opposite, because covering the workers that are likely to need coverage means that the insurance company is likely to actually have to pay money to doctors. The goal of the insurance agency is to minimize costs and maximize profits, like any company, but their buisness directly affects the quality of life for many people by defining if they can or cannot live a healthy life.




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#3 11 years ago

they worked the overtime they should get payed for it (the time and a half not just time). the paid sick days should come as a bonus for those who have had actually been there and not missed any days, the work and health care should always be given to employees since it would help them stay healthy which would mean more work getting done. and productions bonus would be good for the over all morale of the employees cause they would know their work wasn't going unnoticed.




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#4 11 years ago

Overtime compensation, paid vacation, health care.

Overtime, because a person who is worked so hard should receive some kind of bonus for his extra effort.

Paid vacation because the average working-class person can't afford to take several days off without pay. It doesn't seem fair that a person with a high-paying job, who could afford to do that, gets paid vacation, and the blue-collar workers who work twice as hard for half the benefits don't get the same treatment.

Health care is obvious. If you want to keep your workers, you have to keep them healthy, especially in a country where health care isn't free. The fact that I'm without health insurance, myself, kind of makes me partial to the idea, I guess.

However, I don't believe in pay for being sick. It's easy to feign illness. Without paid sick leave, a person wouldn't be tempted to call in unless absolutely necessary. I know the feeling of going in while you're ill; it's unpleasant, but you get over it.

Summer and Christmas vacations belong in schools. A company can't afford to shut down for summer and Christmas breaks. Vacation days are necessary, of course, but not specified times.

Production/returns bonus' have always seemed silly to me, I don't really have any reasoning to back it up. The concept just seems a little bit unfair.

As for no benefits... :uhm: I don't know of anyone who would go for that.




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#5 11 years ago

production/returns bonuses basically give the employees a small percentage of what the company earned over the (ah crap can't rememeber what they are called) quarter (right word maybe?) so it does help a bit.




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#6 11 years ago

fiscal quarter




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#7 11 years ago
RyetteIt doesn't seem fair that a person with a high-paying job, who could afford to do that, gets paid vacation, and the blue-collar workers who work twice as hard for half the benefits don't get the same treatment.

Work twice as hard in what sense? Even a trained monkey can dig a ditch or pack cardboard boxes but not every person can work as CEO or doctor who have most likely studied & worked hard while sacrificing a lot to get to where they are now. I see that wages are rightfully determined according to how much training & personal competence the work requires, not to mention the availability of such persons in the labour market & productivity of the work.

Summer and Christmas vacations belong in schools. A company can't afford to shut down for summer and Christmas breaks.

Summer vacations are more than possible by hiring summer workers which helps students and other youngsters a great deal, and all employees not spend their summer vacation in the same time. Christmas is an important period for spending time with the loved ones and take vacation from all that, companies must and can afford it.

Production/returns bonus' have always seemed silly to me, I don't really have any reasoning to back it up. The concept just seems a little bit unfair.

Production/returns bonus rewards employees for their work & motivate them to work hard, not to mention giving part of company's profits back to employees. I see production/returns bonus as important motivating aspect in the business world: most succesful enterprises also have highly motivated & well-being employees. Motivated & well-being employees are far more productive than unmotivated ones.

In addition to production/returns bonus & vacations, I see that employees must also have over-time compensation for rewarding their extra work & motivating them to do it. Though not necessity, providing proper work health care is in the interests of employers. What I actually meant with "paid vacation day" is that employees get such days in addition to normal weekend leaves and Summer & Christmas vacation. Nevertheless some sort of vacation bonus is needed so that employees can survive the summer & Christmas vacations adequately.

However I don't support paid sick-leave days unless it's a serious illness/pain as it motivates some people to skip the work for no reason from time to time.




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#8 11 years ago

yay someone knew the word lol, wow me and relande agree about something for once in a sense lol never thought that would happen :P




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#9 11 years ago

Depends somewhat on the job i guess. Although I believe they should always have health care, paid sick leave and vacation, and overtime compensation. Obviously no one can know if and when they'll be sick or injured and these events should not be a hindrance in their career.

Vacation days everybody needs a certain amount of, since you can't work continuously. I think it makes more sense to have vacation days that the employees can distribute accordingly than fixed winter/summer holidays although finding a substitute is obviously more difficult in some jobs than others. Overtime compensation should be a given, although only of course when working overtime makes sense.




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#10 11 years ago

the paid sick leave should have been the 2 different types (life threatening and non life threatening) cause some people would say the health insurance would help but without the paid sick leave (for life threatening things) it really wouldn't matter because they might end up fired for missing so many days anyway.