Universal Basic Income. Myth 8. Employers will be affected



Today we’re going to talk about another myth about universal basic income – myth 8 – employers will be affected.

Proponents of this view believe that if people have all of their basic needs met in the form of the UBI, they will make higher demands on employers, because otherwise they might as well do without a job.  Ostensibly, then the demand for labor will exceed the supply many times over, and people will literally have to be lured to work by high wages, some kind of additional benefits and compensation.

This will then lead to additional business costs, and if the terms of the price increase are limited, profits will be reduced. Either way, the employer will have to put in more effort, which means he will be affected.

Let’s find out who might be hurt and how. In my opinion, if a person is concerned about creating favorable working conditions in his team, so that everyone could work comfortably, then he has people willing to work even for a small wage. Personally, I have worked in such a small company for many years, where the team has become a second family, and I do not want to change jobs, although I have a small salary, precisely because that care and goodwill are worth it. After all, salary is not the most important thing in life. Maybe it’s my luck, but everywhere I worked, the teams were great, and accountants usually have to work at 2-3 places because they have small salaries. But maybe it is because it is a small business – everywhere employers try to create a comfortable favorable environment for employees and they themselves work together with them in these same teams.

You know, for me the indicator is the absence of staff turnover. If a person is satisfied with everything, he is not looking for a better job.

So who can be affected? Maybe those employers who don’t really burden themselves with taking care of their employees? Or they, in principle, don’t bother themselves with this question. Why should they? The business works, the profits come in, what else is needed? In this case, the word “affected” does not really fit, because then we are already talking about the restoration of justice and fairness in the relationship between employer and employee.

According to sociological surveys, both employers and employees behave irresponsibly. Difficulties in personnel selection according to employers:

– the candidate does not respond to calls and emails – 42%,

– too much unqualified and undesirable information on the resume – 23%,

– other – 11%.

Difficulties after hiring according to employees: 61% of employees say job duties are different from those established during the interview process.

The Creative Society and the UBI will bring a healthy stream to the employee-employer relationship, increasing everyone’s accountability. After all, they are now two mutually needy parties who share the same goal of creating a socially useful product or service. The manager and the employee are no longer two opposing parties, each pulling the blanket over themselves, but partners-creators of a product or service. This means that they now work together to contribute to the development of the Creative Society. The relationship is now based on respect and understanding of everyone’s contribution to the common cause. The employee directly produces and the employer creates the conditions and organizes the whole process, but only together can they do something useful for humanity as a whole. When the employer shows concern for the employee, and in turn receives his respect. For what? Both for caring, and for additional income in the form of wages – additional in the sense in relation to the UBI – and for favorite work, because now having the UBI, it is simply impossible to choose a job you don’t love. And most importantly, for the formation of the public budget, because it is built from taxes, which the employer pays, that everything around is financed, including the UBI that each person receives.

As you may recall, in the Creative Society, there should be no tax on individual income at all, that is, the entire tax burden falls precisely on business. When you enjoy all the material benefits, when you enjoy quality free medical care, when you receive free public education, you can appreciate what you have and respect the person who takes the risks – who organizes and finances it all. In such a case, manipulation on the part of the employee is simply inappropriate.

I recall a TV show about “XP ENERGY” – what care the company took to create conditions for its employees. By the way, if anyone hasn’t seen this program, I highly recommend watching it – I’ll put a link here and at the end. The show itself is about artificial conscience, about its creation. And honestly, when I finished watching the first hour, I couldn’t understand at all why the crew was showing the interior – I’m not really interested in the interior – and why they weren’t getting to the point. But it wasn’t until some time later that I realized that it was useless to talk about the employer’s care, you just have to show the conditions that the employer has created for people. And you know, this is exactly the example and example of an employer in a Creative society, when he first of all cares not about making a profit, but about creating favorable conditions for the whole society. But also for the employees as part of that society. Then perhaps if all employers act according to this scheme and workers respect and value their contributions, things will change very quickly.

But most importantly, the introduction of the UBI will bring honesty into all areas of our lives, and then dangerous and harmful industries, including weapons, will disappear from it very quickly, because people do not like working in industries that are harmful or dangerous to society – I already gave statistics in one of the previous myths. If a person doesn’t like the job, he can easily refuse it, because he has the UBI.

90% of job seekers say that it is important to work in a company with transparent activities.

92% would prefer to leave their current job if they were offered another vacancy in a company with an excellent reputation.

50% of candidates say they would not work for a company with a bad reputation, even at a high salary.

When a person has the opportunity to say no, he has the freedom to act on his conscience first and foremost. Then the media will cease to engage in contract propaganda, because the journalist will have the opportunity to say no. He will no longer be so afraid of losing his job as to bargain with his conscience. There will be no point in asking him to tone it down or to suppress facts.

Can you imagine – what it is like to live in an honest and open information space?

Degree of trust in the media according to the materials of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion for 2015.

The leading position in the sociological survey is taken by television, both national and local, but even it is trusted by just over half of Russians – 52-54%.

Newspapers and radio stations are trusted slightly more than social networks – 37% versus 32%. According to the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion Research, the level of Russians’ trust in foreign media decreased significantly by 2015. In 2007, 35% of those surveyed answered “rather yes” to the question about trust, and in 2015, 50% confidently said “no,” another 19% said “rather no” and only 6% said a firm “yes.”

Then dishonest or obtrusive advertising will disappear from our lives very quickly. In fact, any advertising that is annoying to everyone will disappear. Doctors will stop prescribing treatment, following only instructions, if they do not agree with them. Maybe we will have silent public transportation and construction machinery. After all, no one likes to work in these conditions, and even cause inconvenience to others.

How do you think the introduction of the UBI will affect the employer-employee relationship? Have you encountered cases of employer pressure and how have you dealt with such situations?

You know, I remember several years ago a friend of mine had to quit her job because she refused to do what her employer asked her to do, considering it illegal or unfair, I don’t remember exactly, and she worked as a designer.

If you have been in such situations, tell me how you got out of them. I am very interested in your opinion, I will read all of your feedback with gratitude.

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