Career Calling

July 10, 2012

Beware of the Boss Who Asks for More.

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!


  1. With the recession still with us, we have to be very careful about how we react to our boss’ request. Gone are the days when finding someone to take your place was hard. Now there are literally hundreds of qualified people out there ready and willing to step in if you refuse to do the duties you are being asked for. It is sad, but not many of us can afford to lose our jobs right now. I would caution anyone with a job to guard it like a precious jewel. And yes, there may be times when you need to quit and seek legal action. But be very sure that this is the route to take before taking it. Now is not the time to be homeless – the shelters are full! Career Counseling

    Comment by Angela J Shirley — July 11, 2012 @ 2:18 am | Reply

    • Angela,

      Thanks for your comment, which I appreciate. However, I am not advising people to quit job their until they have found a new one. I don’t agree with you that a bad job should be guarded “like a precious jewel.” Instead, we should treat employers the same way they treat us. When they don’t need a worker, we get laid off. My advice is to find a new job and lay off any company that treats you badly. We need to treat ourselves and our lives as the real precious jewel.

      Live with courage,


      Comment by claycerny — July 11, 2012 @ 3:00 am | Reply

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