The Wit and Tenets of Brad P. Scobey
As I watch the news, I see the CEO of the
largest corporation in the world is enjoying a 34 day "break" at his Texas
ranch. Albeit a "working" vacation, he sure seems to be there a lot.
That has caused me to pause and wonder why the average American citizen finds it
acceptable to have one, two or, for those rare few whose employer hasn't laid them off
before they get it, 3 weeks a year away from our job.
Now I don't begrudge anyone from their time
off, especially in a highly stressful job, but in corporate America, where the bottom line
is money, don't most of us have a stressful job? That stress may come from the tasks
at hand or the fear of being replaced by automation or jobs that can be done for 1/10th of
our income in a foreign country.
In most of the civilized world, the average
vacation is a total of four weeks. Even as I type this in August, you would find
very few Canadians at work. Why is it that Germany, France, Canada, Belguim, Sweden
(you get the idea) can allow their citizens the time to repair their nervous systems and
we can't? No reason I have been able to come up with, except for the demands of the
shareholders and their bottom line.
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