Your Employment Benefits are Going, Going, Gone!

Employees are expensive.

In the majority of organizations pay and employment benefits are the single largest expense.

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Employee Benefits

I believe major changes are on the way.

Prior to WWII employment benefits in general did not exist. A person went to work, was paid, and that was that.

It was up to the individual to make their own arrangements regarding matters such as savings/retirement, insurance, buying a home, getting the kids through school and whatever else life might throw at them.

The nuclear family at that time was a much stronger unit and would take upon itself the care of their elders as well as the support and raising of kids, etc.

Immediately following the war, North America saw one of the greatest economic expansions of all time. Levittown, happened.

Every family wanted a house, a washing machine, a refrigerator and a car in the garage. Click To Tweet

All of this was directly responsible for the creation of what many workers expect and demand today as a significant component of their pay: benefits.


Due to the casualties of war there weren’t enough men available to manufacture things–especially automobiles–so the auto manufacturers were among the first to raid each other’s employees and entice able bodies to make the move with a new invention known as benefits.

And the competition to offer more and better took off. And we all saw ‘that it was good.’ Right?

The pendulum is swinging back. More and more I see exceptionally talented individuals being brought in on a contract who just a few years ago would have been a full-time hire.

And since there are so many workers willing to accept this status, more and more companies are making the decision to utilize individuals for a single project, pay them well (or not) and, upon completion of project, said worker is back on the bench.

In other words, unemployed.

The cost of providing employee benefits is averted.

If you will study your history a little bit and follow the origination of benefits you will find that these actions directly correlate to the history of labor unions.

I’m not stating an opinion here on unions or the way organizations operate.

What I AM saying is that you, as an individual need to be prepared to take care of you and yours.

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Rick Gillis

Rick Gillis is a nationally recognized careers expert who specializes in personal promotion on the job. A onetime workplace radio and TV host, Rick is a speaker and the author of five books including PROMOTE! Your work does not speak for itself. You do.

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