Alexander Eichler of Huffington Post Business reports on a study from the University of Heidelberg that offers this thesis: Bosses exploit workers who don’t understand what they produce. The university set up a study in which boss set workers’ pay based on what employees knew about their contribution and value to the company. When an employee demonstrated that she knew her value, her pay was less likely to be cut (Note: “less likely”). Clueless employees were easily exploited and worked for less.
Eichler connects this study to conditions in the U.S. over the past few decades. Productivity has steadily increased while workers have realized few of the benefits. He says that the situation won’t change because so many people in the U.S. are out of work. That’s true. But, as the Heidelberg study shows, people who know their value are more likely to get paid – or they’re more likely to find an employer who will pay them. Take control of your career. If your boss and company are exploiting you, find a new job and lay off your employer!