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How does the U.S. workplace measure up?

Ever wonder how the US workplace compares with other industrialized nations in regard to vacation days, maternity leave, time it takes to get a job after being laid off, etc.?

Here's a fun, but depressing, infographic from Andrew Sullivan for The Daily Beast that illustrates some facts about the American workplace: http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/09/land-of-the-free-home-of-the-workaholics.html.

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19 comments
COACH1944
COACH1944

How Does The US WORKFORCE MEASURES UP? Well, how about working with a company for 20 years and they decides to sell the jobs of 73 employees who have done everything to make this company very profitable. Now this company is worth Billions they sold us for a measly 25 million. Did not offer any of the 73 jobs, within their corporation, did not give us a severance package, just told us, we were no longer needed.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Why does the picture of the female intern look so familiar? And why is there something like a big magnifying glass poised to examine something on her skirt? What are they insinuating?

sissy sue
sissy sue

that they will work you like a dog here if you let them. BTW, "OnlineMastersDegree.com" did provide their sources in the small print.

santeewelding
santeewelding

I'd call it Braille. It is exclusionary and blind to the world I know.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

of numbers from an outfit called "OnlineMastersDegree.com", especially since the only viable career option it lists requires ... a masters degree. Lies, damn lies, statistics.

seanferd
seanferd

Whaddaya mean, "starting"? None of the facts are new, despite the probably worked-over presentation method.

sissy sue
sissy sue

Easy. See all comments below. I guess it's a matter of perception and experience.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Like, 0 maternal leave? Over here maternal leave is one of the cornerstones of keeping the economy healthy. Illegal to fire a woman on maternal leave, too. Employers get busted for unlawful termination on that count every damn year.

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

Reagan's selling out the country to large corporations circa 1982. Perhaps you and I operate on different time scales... :)

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

it is odd that personal experience can be translated to wholesale cultural bias. I stand behind Mr. Twain's quote as paraphrased by Palmetto, but let us not confuse facts with statistical methods. The fact of wage disparity and unemployment is accurate based on BLS and Census numbers. Thus with completely non sarcastic puzzlement I ask again, why is there so little public outcry?

Charles Bundy
Charles Bundy

family members are allowed up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in the good ole U.S.A. (http://www.dol.gov/whd/fmla/) This assumes you are not a small business with fewer than 7 employees (I think). I assume the 0 maternity days would have to be paid leave of which there would be none. Or a small business, again you get none. Are they paid where you live?

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Seems they were serious about the "Our Hemisphere" line. And people still say that Milton Friedman was a great economist... of course, they say the same thing about that failed painter from Austria, because they're idiots.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

Four potential combinations: We're like Santee... well... that's poetic, but not a likely intent. Santee is scared of the rich and powerful ... also unlikely Santee is the rich and powerful... while wealth and power can be defined as other things which Santeewelding doubtlessly possesses in abundance, the conventional meanings are likely not the case. Just one taget of identification left ;)