‘Nobody wants to work’ has been complained for decades, virus thread shows

Work. If we didn’t have to do it, how many of us would do it? How many of us dream of winning the lottery and never struggling with a work Christmas party again?

It seems that, for the vast majority of history, the poor have considered the rich to be lazy, and vice versa, as Robert T. Chinsack wrote in his book “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” “The World Networking with the richest people; everyone else is trained to find jobs”.

A researcher at the University of Calgary and Twitter, with 35,000 followers, Paul Fairie published a series of posts on Twitter showing newspaper clippings from decades past, titled “A Brief History of Nobody Wants to Work Anymore.”

The first article, taken from a 2022 digital article, is quoted as follows: “According to a new survey published by TinyPulse, one in five executive leaders agrees with the statement: ‘No one wants to work.'” On their website In a previous blog post, TinyPulse referred to the so-called “big resignation”, “15% of employees say they want to quit within the next three months, and HR managers also predict that 14.4% of their employees will Quit in three months.” COVID-19 has shown the world that not all jobs need to be 100% office-based, but with most companies’ continued resistance to flexible hours and working from home, Beyoncé cannot be blamed alone , no matter how influential. “

The second snippet is a 2014 newspaper article that reads: “What happened to the work ethic in America? No one wants to work anymore. Not always. When I first started working as a teenager And I see people working hard.”

This attitude, although from 2014, is not entirely relevant to the many studies on “burnout” that have been conducted around millennials and Gen Z. According to a 2021 survey by employment website Indeed, millennials and Gen Z workers have the highest burnout rates at 59% and 58%, respectively. Likewise, a 2021 survey by Asana found that in the US, more Gen Z workers reported burnout than any other age group, while a survey of UK workers the same year showed that 80% of Gen Z workers had Feeling more burnout at the start of the pandemic, compared with an average of 73% for other age groups.

In contrast, one of the posts showing a newspaper clipping from 2006 read: “I can’t believe I’ve had bad luck trying to get someone to do some necessary home improvement. It seems like almost no one wants to work anymore , when they do work, they are not proud of their work. How to find a reliable worker? Interestingly, data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2006 in the US, about every 20 workers had 1 person has more than one job.

An excerpt from 1999 said: “Nobody wants to work anymore…they all want to work in front of a computer and make a lot of money”. Putting aside the conflation of lack of physical labor and laziness in the 1990s, the late 1990s and early 2000s saw the exponential growth of digital work that had been brewing since the 1980s and was arguably inevitable. According to research firm Brooking, in 2002 in the US, “56% of research jobs required few digital skills. Nearly 40% of jobs required moderate digital skills, and only 5% required high digital skills.

“A lot has changed. By 2016, the share of jobs requiring high digital skills jumped to 23%. The share of jobs requiring medium digital skills rose to 48%. In a huge shift, the share of jobs requiring low digital skills jumped from 56 % to 30%.”

The 1937 post reads: “Faced with labor shortages amid widespread unemployment, peach gardeners in York and Adams counties complained, ‘Nobody wants to work any more.’ 15 Two counties were reported to have There are 25 peach pickers in each orchard in , but due to the lack of labor, only 2 to 5 pickers are working.

“‘Nobody, it seems, wants to work in peach or apple picking and packing,’ declares a fruit grower in Adams County.” , nearly one in four people in the country lost their jobs. However, this is comparable to the situation in the UK in 2020, where 1.3 million people lost their jobs due to COVID-19, and despite Brexit, the British newspaper The Guardian reported at the time that 150 Romanian workers had to be flown to the UK due to lack of Labour, from Bucharest to the country, as farms risk losing much-needed early summer fruit and vegetable crops during the pandemic. Is it because the vast majority of the people who were laid off were not “backbone”, mainly artistic, with relevant qualifications and experience, hoping for a re-emergence of British culture, and a vacation plan that tied people for a period of time?

The last fragment, taken from an 1894 newspaper, highlights a problem of attitudes toward labor that is still prevalent today, namely the indignation at the top over workers’ demands for fair pay for their services. It read: “What will the poor coal editor do next winter as strikers shut down all of the country’s coal mines? Clearly, no one wants to work in these trying times.”

Which begs the question, if the state depends on it, why doesn’t the virtuous editor jump down the mine himself? If this article refers to the bituminous coal miners’ strike in April 1894 that occurred within eight weeks. The strike, which consisted of 25,207 miners, was driven by persistent pay cuts and was ultimately unsuccessful as most owners refused as violence erupted across the country. The Great Depression (1929-1939) forced all miners to return to work by June without a pay rise.

Elsewhere in the U.S., in Cripple Creek, Colorado, gold miners won a five-month strike to protest wage cuts and increased hours in 1894.

One Twitter user put it bluntly: “The real culprit is low wages. For example, how is Amazon making record profits during the pandemic while their workers struggle to pay rent and food on the table? Why theirs? Have workers’ quality of life improved without this time?”

Ask your average joe, most don’t work if they don’t have to, but those who do continue to demand equal and fair pay, equal and fair rights, and reserve the right to protest when these don’t exist , in exchange for their work.

Man hiding under laptop. stock images. A survey of UK workers the same year showed that 80% of Gen Z workers felt more tired since the pandemic began.
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