America’s failure to guarantee paid sick leave for its workers could combine with the coronavirus to pose a serious danger to public health in the coming weeks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning people to be prepared for major disruptions in their daily lives. That could mean staying home for days if they get sick.
Why having no paid sick leave is a public health risk
There is no federal law guaranteeing paid time off for illness, and paid sick leave is comparatively rare for lower-wage workers. Just 63 percent of people working in service occupations have paid sick leave, versus more than 90 percent of people in management positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For people working part-time, just 43 percent can get sick leave from their employer.
And for people working those lower-wage jobs, it’s not easy for them to skip work if they’re not getting paid, even if they’re feeling flu-like symptoms that could be either the flu itself or the coronavirus.
All the public health warnings in the world can’t always stand up against the need to bring home a paycheck. Just 27 percent of people whose wages fall in the bottom 10 percent are able to earn paid sick leave from their job, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Any less pay eats into their basic needs: As EPI put it, the lost wages from missing three days of work can equal a month’s worth of groceries or their monthly utility bills.
People have a strong incentive to go to work, even if they’re not feeling well and authorities have urged them to stay home. And once they come in and start going about their jobs, they can spread illnesses unintentionally. Coronavirus is a pretty contagious disease, with a higher R0 (which measures how many times other people a sick person is likely to infect) than the seasonal flu.
America is alone among advanced economies in not having a national guarantee of paid sick leave for workers. As the Center for Economic and Policy Research reported in 2009, most developed economies give workers at least five days off to recover from flu-like symptoms.
The coronavirus pandemic hits the world's largest companies! Facebook employees will work from home for a long period
Good news for Facebook employees! The founder of the famous social network made an unusual announcement on Thursday, May 21. He said he would allow a considerable number of Facebook's 50,000 employees, as well as new recruits, to work from home all the time!
Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday, May 21, that in the next five to 10 years, about 50% of Facebook's workforce will work remotely. The founder of the social network added that this will involve, among other things, a radical change in the way the famous Silicon Valley-based company operates.
Mark Zuckerberg explained that the process is a long one and that it will take place in a series of steps that must be followed exactly in order to be successful. The first step is "an aggressive opening of distance recruitment," first in the United States, then abroad, beyond urban centers where Facebook has offices. "I don't think it's good to limit employment to people living around offices," said the Facebook CEO.
The Facebook founder is not the first to think of such a radical measure! Also on Thursday, the head of Twitter announced that his employees could work from home indefinitely. The Canadian e-commerce company Shopify announced a similar measure later that day, as the coronavirus pandemic paved the way for unexpected changes in the organization and operation of large companies around the world.
For the first time in Russia, a humanoid robot became an employee of the multifunctional center "My Documents". A robot girl performs the duties of a specialist in the reception of documents and the provision of public services. Artificial intelligence can work seven days a week for two shifts, does not get sick and does not go on vacation.
As explained in the press service of the administration of the Perm Territory, the robot is a completely anthropomorphic machine. It copies human emotions: it can move the eyes, eyebrows, lips and other muscles of the face, communicate and answer questions from visitors to the MFC.
Perm company Promobot created an electronic assistant. According to the developers, the design of their robot allows you to reproduce more than 600 variants of human micro-facial expressions. In addition, the resemblance to humans is achieved through a specially developed material that mimics human skin. The exterior of the MFC robot was created by a neural network. In particular, artificial intelligence analyzed photographs of several thousand Russian women and created a generalized image: a girl with brown hair and brown eyes.
The robot independently receives visitors to the center. An entire ecosystem has been created around the android: the machine is connected to other devices and services. So, the robot scans documents (passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, notarized power of attorney), then, based on the type of document, forms a statement. The visitor signs the application, the robot scans it and sends it to the MFC information system.
It is said that a leader can be a boss, but not every boss can be a leader. Even if at first sight there is no difference between the two terms, there are still some aspects that make the difference between a boss and a true leader. Among the most sensitive aspects is the attitude they display in the team. For this reason, no matter how high their position is, bosses are more likely to fail, while leaders can build successful careers and achieve extraordinary results.
The problem is that most of those who dream of occupying higher positions in their careers, think more about leadership than leadership. A possible explanation for this trend is that the second position requires more responsibility towards the team, while the attitude of the boss offers more authority.
Thus, if a boss is focused only on results, a leader feels responsible for how these results are achieved, but also for the team he works with to achieve them.
In fact, leaders are people who inspire, guide and lead a group of people, on a path, to a common goal. This kind of people, we admire them and try to learn as much as possible from them. We are motivated to work and make every effort for the prosperity of the team. When we feel that we are listened to and our opinions are taken into account, then there is the loneliness that we are appreciated. And that, believe me, matters a lot!
Instead, the boss is the one who is always above, always above, always in front and who has the power to command others in order to guide them to a certain goal. The boss is convinced that in any circumstance he is better than you and that regardless of the circumstances, he is always right. If by chance your opinion differs from his, it is always you who is wrong. The boss is the one who pretends to obey his authority, to obey his orders, whatever they may be.
He is a person who does not admit dialogue even when your actions prove to be superior to those ordered by him. And you, in front of him, just have to shut up and listen. And if the results do not live up to expectations, it is only your fault and never the boss's.
Comparing bosses to leaders, the latter gain the respect of the team they work with through the personal example they set, while bosses demand the respect of others through the authority they impose. While leaders are concerned about the level of satisfaction of employees at work and try to provide them with a comfortable environment in which to work and get the best results, bosses are concerned only with meeting goals and productivity, the rest, pure and it just doesn't matter.
Unfortunately, in today's world, characterized by speed, targets, competitiveness and money, those who run businesses have often ceased to be leaders and have become people concerned with earnings, giving orders and expecting submission from subordinates. At this time, employees become irritated and come to the office without an ounce of desire, being motivated only by the salary they receive at the end of the month. That at best! Others do not even have a good salary and are alone in their own trap and in fear of changing something. Quite a sad situation and quite common.
In conclusion, such an attitude on the part of the team leader can often lead to a total failure of the business, as the bosses focus more on the list of tasks and its fulfillment in any conditions.
If, instead, companies hire and raise leaders, who take the lead and pull the team after them by the power of example, the atmosphere at work will be much healthier, and the results will be commensurate.
Of course, a boss dizzy with money and fame, brings dissatisfaction to workers, Bemorepanda has collected some examples of bosses who discourage employees.
2.Fired of a flu
9.Had a bad boss
10.Fired from job
11.A true story
12.Lost the pay
14.Here for money
18.A boss I used to have
19.A movie theater
22.When you have a flu
25.In front of me
26.Fakeing up an excuse
Dismissal is a current and unpleasant subject, in the context in which one of the parties: either the employer or the employee, finds himself in an embarrassing situation or, at least, uncomfortable. It happens that the employee is "fired" without explaining the cause or without giving him time to find another job, which is not in accordance with the legislation in force, of course if the parties have concluded an individual employment contract. . Or, on the contrary, it can happen that the dismissal of an incompetent employee, who brings losses to the company, is a difficult mission for the employer, against the background of the bureaucracy related to the dismissal procedure.
Bemorepanda collected some funny cases.
1.Fire my own brother
4.Not a bright man
7.Asleep at work
8.Not to crazy
10.Training a new girl
13.Trips for no reason