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Stealing public holidays!

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Monday, April 02, 2007 10:34:15 AM
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    Of the many things that are considered the simple pleasures of life for the average and below average Jordanian are the public holidays. When you take into consideration that most private sector employees are abused and offered the worst deal possible, with no insurance, no health-care, no proper benefits, employment-at-will, and nothing tangible or worthwhile apart from the under-water salaries a tad better than our "neighbors" and by neighbours I mean Egypt and Syria which shower and drown the employees there with more holidays than Jordan does despite being worse on the economic front, or at least so we think in Jordan.

    b

    What is so wrong with employees getting some time off? I always believe that "A happy employee is a productive employee" That can't be proven any more than looking at Europe and USA, The French, and German have shorter work hours, and more holidays than the US, while their production levels are way higher. Japanese have power naps at work and same goes for Spanish employees. And on corporate America front, just look at how Google completely Pampers it's employees, making it the best company to work for in the USA, and arguably the world.

    Why is it such a Taboo that Jordanian workers have some -extra- public holidays?
    We all know that this only helps the business owners/Aka Capitalists and NOT the employees. Governmental jobs already have better holidays and more vacation time, and lets not even start talking about "hidden unemployment" there. The private sector suffer from this apparently more, where employees work longer hours, and have less -down- time. Leading to more and more resentment!

    You know, everyday, I have to deal with our subsidiary in India, and for some reasons. India seems to have a ton of public holidays that are observed by our subsidiary and you know what? People come back to work energized and make it up. They even work better (yes better) than people who have been burned out by the over slavery of long hours and the money hungry corporate business tyrants.

    A few months back, some stupid report circulated that employees getting 130 or so as vacation time. What a bunch of junk I can't stop doubting the validity and accuracy of the collected data and the conclusions.

    As if the weekend is a gift, a grant, a privilege that someone is granting and that people should be grateful for it. The truth is, Weekend is a PAID WORK DAY. Yes, People should be paid for weekend. As long as someone is on the Job, relaxing and taking some time off is NOT a privilege, it's a RIGHT.

    And don't let me start on PAID vacation time, that's also a RIGHT, and not a privilege

    The insane part is that people somehow looked at that report and thought, yeah, all our problems are because of public holidays and people taking vacations. Instead of looking at corruption, misuse of influence, underemployment, hidden unemployment, employment based on relationships and loyalties instead of competence. Anyway, those are issues we can discuss later.

    The report failed to mention the number of employees in Jordan who have not had a single vacation for YEARS, why? Because they simply can't afford it. Or worse, they fear for their position if they did take the vacation. Leaving their families to suffer, in silence.

    So what's the solution to all of this? Unions! Yes, Unions. Or at least better unions, better organised and better managed and action taking unions stepping in to even the playground

    In a democratic society, every segment should have it's own union. Students, Engineers, Laborers, Doctors. Not only have these by name but they need to have the authority to make swift change and make sure that Human needs are catered for. They are the Amiable part of the collective mind and conscious of the society. There must be employee unions that will stand up to this and demand more rights for the employees.

    An unfocused and burned-out employee is a danger to himself, his peers, the job, the corporation and at the end of the day to the whole national economy. Making more preventable mistakes is probably more costly to our economy than all the public holidays, combined.

    The sad part is that, some company citing this report and following in the footsteps of the government have went ahead and considered this their green light to abuse the employees even more. What's worse is that some have even went ahead and removed the 2 day holiday weekends even without providing their employees with alternatives or a pay increase. Which is unfair not only for the employees but also to their families, and work/life balance

    Happy vacations/holidays... may you continue to have them

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    Well Q I agree that employee happiness is key for productivity. at the same time our people unfortunately are prone to laziness ! they don't come back energized, and I felt that in the past we took way too many holidays.

    The answer is not more public holidays but more justice
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    • Bilal
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    • On: 4/2/2007 12:43:02 PM
    As always, our government makes solutions without thinking what is the real problem...Its not our fault that public employees are lazy and work only 1 hour everyday!. the solution is to fix the system, not to remove some days from the calendar..Just traditional public thinking, as always
    unions don't fly in the corporate world of today !
    have you heard of a propperly functioning union in the US, akin to lets say france.
    Have you seen any unions except in the archaic fields (transportation, manufacturing, and mining if it wasn't outsourced to where there is non)
    Even when there is a union we are too neurotic of a society to be devoted. I recall to something as basic as a school boycott due to increasing tuition, it last a day, most of the people there were happy just to be out of class and do nothing with no passion for achieving a cause and as soon as a stick loomed in sight they left their ranks.
    Then the organizer were ratted out, and the collective admired how they stood to the system, but didn't wanna recieve any of the suffering. plainly if it didn't work on a tightly (in a relative sense) knit group that had an achievable cause at hand, why do u believe it would work in an alienated society ?


    HEHE the pessimist attack
    ENJOY
    Bambam, You're not being a pessimist, I think  you're being a realist. And Your example is actually valid

    I think it's in the best interest of the government, society and nation to have opposing force to block the tide of the big capitalists. Because these huge corporations have the ability to destabilize the whole economic stand of the whole nation. The State has a personal interest in assisting in this effort to balance this force or the state itself will find it's self competing with it.

    As societies grow, there needs to be balances done by encouraging natural equilibrium between all players, the liberals, the conservatives, the capitalist, the socialists, the loose and the uptight. And so on and so forth.

    So instead of the state trying to make sure that parties all fall "in-line" they just need to make sure the the opposition is healthy. And THAT will take care of the issue
    here is a nice paradox for you, healthy in today's term is a free market. in a free market the highest bidder always wins ...... which is the corporations f the state intervenes its restricting our freedom , and being biased.

    Though a clever way to do that is the Plunge protection Team(PPT) style "it is for your own interest and only when things get *crappy*"
    No one has an issue if corporates are successful and are producing enough for them and benefiting the society. But this shouldn't be at the expense of people or the whole nation. That's why competition is healthy. Competing corporations generate better products. Competing entities (unions vs corporations) produce better work conditions for the people and keeps everyone in check. Finally competing forces in the society assists in keeping everyone honest and working towards mutual goals.

    It's difficult, I'm not saying it's easy. It will take a lot. A whole lot for things to work out right. That's why we should encourage it. It sure beats the government having to do everything for everyone. And forces the economic power to take some responsibility in the welfare of the whole society. All while keeping it's hands off, and it's pockets full
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    • Nas
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    • On: 4/9/2007 11:10:33 AM
    not only do we have more holidays than all the aforementioned countries but in general there is low production. you have no idea of the millions lost when production shuts down for a single day in a country as small as jordan, especially one that is now so reliant on the service sector, one that requires constant operation.

    not to mention that many in jordan prefer to go to work and get paid so they can feed their families instead of taking the day off.

    not to mention that thursdays are half days.

    in december/january we had the longest recorded holidays and it resulted in prices skyrocketing and a gas shortage due to excess consumption. and since most got paid after the holiday people couldn't afford to buy their kids presents, let alone gas to heat the house.
    Thanks Nas for your take on the matter. However, when I compare the per capita income of Jordan with Syria and Egypt, I find that Jordan has twice as much income per capita. If we freeze the rest of the factors (same corruption, same 5% enjoying 95% of the wealth) ..etc you will come to the same result. The average Jordanian makes more money either because we are more productive, or because we have more incoming. And I find the first to be more plausible. In addition, I would love to know how many holidays/year Syria or Egypt has.

    The second issue about vacation days, No one said the country should come to a stand still on those days. People working the "EXTRA" day should be properly compensated with overtime, since it's apparent that this is not standard time.

    Third, the shortages issue is a the result of poor planning on behalf of the government when it's a known fact that fuel consumption increases in the winter months. There should be a reserve and a strategic reserve to allow for such surges. And I think we can agree that anyone finishing Management 101 will probably know this by heart already.

    Finally, the issue of people getting paid on a monthly cycle has been resolved world wide by moving to weekly, bi-weekly, twice a month models. With computers running the payrolls these days, there is no excuse to not allowing people access to their hard earned money more frequently and without having to ask for an advance for it.

    I know the private sector will probably get hit by this, but the result is a happier, more productive, more focused employee. I project the productivity to be enhanced by these incentives and error and defects to be cut dramatically displacing the index from the negative "millions lost due to stoppage" to Millions gained due to higher yield
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