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Most People Like to Work

by Paula Apynys | March 23rd, 2014

I spent about ten years (from my mid-twenties to mid-thirties) in the employment industry, working with recent college graduates, laid-off “blue-collar” workers (and other hourly folks) and graduating MBA’s.  There are a number of insights I carried with me from those jobs, insights that color my views about employment, jobs, the economy, and so on.

Today’s insight: Most People Like to Work.

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Income Stagnation and Being Green

by Paula Apynys | March 17th, 2014

Per the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey Briefs 2012 Report (based on figures from January 2011 through November 2012) the median household income in the U.S. in 2011 was $51,324 and in 2012 was $51,371.

The word “median” is important here, it means that

  • 50% of American households earned less than $51,000+ and
  • 50% of American households earned more than $51,000+. (The report defined households as the combined income of everyone living in the house over the age of 15, whether or not they were related.)
  • Which means the individuals in the household each made less than $51,000+.

Per this article: How Much Do Americans Earn “when we dig into Social Security records…the average per capita wage is $26,000.”

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On Work

by Paula Apynys | March 16th, 2014

America has a schizophrenic relationship with “work”. On one hand, we absorb messages that boil down to “work is valuable, important, even required to justify existence.” On the other hand, we are told (in a variety of ways) that the worker has no intrinsic value — that he/she is valuable only to the extent that he/she generates profit for others. Work is important but workers are expendable.

Americans have a strong work ethic. Americans, in fact, work more hours than people in other developed nations; they have fewer paid vacation hours offered and must wait longer to be eligible for any vacation benefits at all.

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