The United States are made up of an entire network of mini-economies. Every city, state, and town operates in accordance to its own functional, sustainable economy, including industry, business, and of course, the workforce. In many places all over America, the workforce is now dwindling, fading to be forgotten as a footnote in the United States’ economic crisis. Employees are paid far less than a fair wage to keep up with the cost of living. Work environments are strained and often made hostile. Power-tripping supervisors try to exploit already stressed and overworked employees. Some employers don’t even offer incentives or benefits like insurance!
Whether you work in fast-food or manage production quality, let’s look at a few of those places in America where the workforce is being most neglected.
Depressingly, the Southern United States is notorious for high unemployment rates. Down here companies cling to obsolete and dying industries, such as coal and the Southern workforce crumbles as a result. A job in the South, for most, is a job for life. In short, jobs are scarce, therefore, hired employees are completely at the mercy of their employers. Companies and large corporations set whatever standards they wish, while the average worker is left with no other option for employment.
The Southern American workforce has long been the victim of minuscule pay, extensive hours and no benefits, not to mention the actual conditions of work. From restaurants to factories, supervisors seem to be promoted on a basis of corruptibility, meaning, only the very greediest and most power-hungry hold any sort of forward mobility. These managers and overseers do not unify a team nor do they lead by example, but, instead, only further dismantle the common workforce. Employees are usually subjected to undertraining, scapegoating, unlawful or dangerous risks, and unfair treatment by “superiors”.
While the workforce in the Southern United States is, indeed, neglected, one redeeming factor for workers could be the extremely low cost of living in states such as Tennessee. While driving over any of Knoxville’s many pot-hole cratered roads or by one of Nashville’s abandoned warehouses, however, one can’t help but wonder if better work for the South may be found in state-wide infrastructure, all together.
Neglect for the workforce of larger cities is almost opposite to that of the Southern United States. While the South simply can’t provide reasonable work for all its population, employment is easily found in a city, there are simply too many people ready to be employed. It goes without saying that larger cities generally have larger populations. Moreover, there is certainly a deeper pool of potential employees within more densely populated regions. This makes workers highly expendable. No matter if an employee or even a majority are unhappy with their pay, work or benefits. An employer can always find someone willing to suffice.
The higher populations of big cities also increase business. In addition to poor and indifferent management, average employees in the city must also deal with higher volume, more stress, longer hours, and often, more strenuous physical exertion. Keep in mind, this all usually comes along with few to no health or insurance benefits.
While the cost of living in a city is typically higher than that of a Southern state, there is some financial security in cities with higher employment rates and definitely more to do with what little free time employees are allotted. For example, New York City is one of America’s largest centers for entertainment, featuring Broadway and the famous Madison Square Garden. For most employees, it does not matter as they will barely scrape by with enough pay to live on. Just like in the South, the workforce of larger cities is likewise raped by low-wages.
Popular Tourism Destinations
Places in the United States known for tourism like Virginia Beach or Panama City, receive as much business as some of America’s densest cities. This economic rush usually happens only annually, nonetheless, hot-spots for tourists sometimes neglect their workforces the most.
Employees are expected to operate as if in peak season, in order to preserve the area’s visit-ability. This means more stress and longer hours for workers. Tourism companies often outsource management from within the corporation and supervisors and overseers usually wield more power and responsibility. Jobs that travel are another piece of the puzzle as the world gets smaller and the internet provides more mobility for products. Pilots, stewards, truck drivers, and packaging distributors all take part in traveling career that are defined by long hours, time away from family, and low pay. Exploitation and mistreatment from management to the employee is inevitable here. Yes, from the South to the city, and to even the beach and our planes, bosses are turning the common workplace into something hostile, dangerous, and downright oppressive.
Don’t get the wrong impression, the beach, historic locations, and even national park areas are wonderful to live and work in, however, with all the added stress, shouldn’t employees receive a livable wage or at least an insurance benefit?
Does It Even Matter?
Although some places are worse than others, we can all agree the American workforce has been neglected for too long. All over the United States, employees are selling millions of hours for shamefully low pay and with very little, to no incentives or insurance benefits. Factory workers, fry-cooks and burger-flippers, teachers, and construction workers: there is always someone above, trying to turn a profit from your work. Assembly-line workers, pickers, packers, janitors and maintenance men: how much is your limited time on Earth truly worth?
Author: Eileen O’Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.