The Reality of Corporate America

Companies who give you two weeks of vacation (on average), health benefits think they’re doing something for you. Even if you get more than two weeks of vacation, be mindful there are 52 weeks in a year so even if you get five weeks of a vacation, the rest of the 90% of the year, you’re working. 


The reality of Corporate America is, they want you working and making them money. We’re in a capitalistic world and a lot of companies aren’t adjusting to the times where people need more time for themselves and their families. You would think companies would shift to a four day workweek but that hasn’t happened (well at least in America). 


I’ve heard of countries in Europe where people have four day work weeks and it works immensely. People are happier, people are fulfilled, and there’s less stress in their lives. But…the focus in Europe is family and spending time with those they love, that isn’t the case in America. 


Most people work 40 hours which means the majority of your week is taken through working. Remember, there’s only 168 hours a week and by the time you account for sleep, eating and other things, most of your time is wiped out. That becomes your monotonous, mundane routine day after day, week after week. Welcome to your life of being told what to do, how to do it and when to do it. 


I’m approaching 26 years of being in the work world, I’m going to be honest, it’s not for me. I’ve been working since I was 15 years old where I was being paid $5.15 an hour (that tells you how old I am and how minimum wage has come a long way). Granted I have a great job and I’m able to live comfortably, I would love to spend my days creating more, recording audio books and being influential to others.


It doesn’t look like Corporate America and their capitalist mindset isn’t changing anytime soon. We all know the realities of what’s in front of us so the question becomes, how do we change it? I think it’s more of making sure that we are happy within ourselves and that we’re living for ourselves and not to impress others.


That’s my blog for today, thank you for reading as always! Be good and go accomplish your goals!


Jamell Crouthers


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