Workplace survivors: How have you coped?

In a job market plagued by layoffs, buyouts and downsizing, plenty of warranted attention is paid to workers who leave their old jobs. But what about those who are left behind?

Some workers feel guilty. Others miss their longtime co-workers. Many are left with increased workloads and growing lists of unfamiliar job duties.

Have you survived layoffs? How have you dealt with being left to hold down the fort in the aftermath of downsizing? Has your job changed as a result? Do you feel survivor’s guilt or are you relieved?

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May 9th, 2010
1:35 pm

Much is made these days about the state of our economy and unemployment – many of us make a deal with the devil to gain employment.

In January I took a part-time job with a company to make $1,100 a month for 80 hours per month of work.

What I did not realize at the time was that when you are 1099′d at the end of the year you basically pay both sides of the tax liability – the employer – you are self-employed and the employee because that’s you.

After the break down the pay totals approximately $6.88 per hour less than minimum wage for administrative duties. No benefits.

In my case, part of my job was to cook this individuals books. She bought a beautiful brand new home, fully furnished it in excellent taste, bought fabulous clothes and held lavish parties.

All of which she expected me to “hide” in the business to lower her tax liability. $73,000 down payment and all the expenses of the home including the monthly paymnet. Not to mention the thousands per month the other “expenses” totaled.

What I had to do aside, it is my belief based on many of the ads I’ve seen and interviews I’ve been on, this is a practice running deep into our economy.

I saw a job ad this morning 55 hours per week for $450.00 per week – no taxes no benefits.

The worst part about it is – someone will actually take that job. And, many many others are already working this way.

On top of that is the tax liability at the end of the year will add tax fraud to otherwise honest individuals list of economic maladys.

What is going to happen when the unemployment extensions run out.

Employers will take more advantage of people who want to keep a roof over their head.

Since none of this is “reported” we have several other issues including:

Individuals on unemployment who might be working fully under the table.
Individuals who go to file for unemployment if/when the job ends, when paid under the table.
Individuals taking advantage of food stamps, health care and other government provided programs because perhaps they will not be 1099′d at the end of the year.

I like to believe that most people who have experienced a lay off and are having a hard time finding a job are trying to keep a roof over their heads.

Employers have realized this and know the extremes some of us might go to in our endeavor to do so.

Employers need to take responsibilty for this practice and stop ruining our already bad economic structure – this will ultimately lead to increased problems to get over and around as times move struggle to move forward.