The good news is that I have ideas that I can share with you. Jobs provide high or low incomes. Jobs are status symbols (high, low or average). Jobs can be secure and long lasting or insecure with high turnovers or not. Full-time permanent jobs give workers the following choices: “love it or leave it.” But if they cannot afford to “leave it”, they just “hate it.” This situation defines many lives.
In all societies (capitalist, communist or socialist) where full-time jobs exist, you will find people who are stuck in jobs that they cannot leave without risking personal financial collapse.
The only solution is for society to be organized in such a way that workers can change jobs with fewer risk and fewer loss of seniority related benefits.
Imagine a world in which all jobs were half-time jobs. By “half-time” I mean the following.
If I get a job from one employer, I will need to report to work every other week (week one and then week three). If I want to work full-time, I will still be looking for another half-time job that requires me to report to work on the even numbered weeks (week two and week four). But, if instead of working full-time, I want to go to school half the time, there will be schools that offer classes to accommodate the alternating week schedules. In short, nearly all full-time workers will have two employers. Workers will no longer be at the mercy of one employer.
Society should stop “doing a job” on jobs. There is always work to be done. In the age of computers, it is very easy to setup a modern employment system without loopholes. The biggest loophole is the denial of benefits to part-time workers. Some companies make the workweek shorter than 40 hours and avoid paying benefits. Benefits should be paid to workers based on the numbers of hours worked as compared to 40. Those who work 20 hours should get half the benefits. Those who have two part-time jobs adding to 40 hours or more should have two “half benefit packages” from two employers which could add up to full benefits. Once you close this loophole, the workers’ lives will no longer be controlled by one employer. As things stand now, when you leave the job, the job does not leave you. A former employer can diminish your chances of getting a job when a potential new employer contacts them for a reference.
Society is losing too much when people who spent years in training end up taking jobs that are not related to their training. This is the way to achieve a workforce that can adapt faster as technology changes. Workers will no longer be afraid to lose it all because one employer holds their only mean of financial support. Fewer people will hate their jobs and more people will have jobs. Some will accumulate sixty hours of work and benefits working like doctors do in different hospitals.
Two bosses are better than one because working people will be free at last. --PRPaul1