Are you tiring of seeing American workers being blamed for corporate incompetence?
GENEVA — American
workers stay longer in the office, at the factory or on the farm than
their counterparts in Europe and most other rich nations, and they
produce more per person over the year.
They also get more done per hour than everyone but the Norwegians,
according to a U.N. report released Monday, which said the United States
“leads the world in labor productivity.”
The average U.S. worker produces $63,885 of wealth
per year, more than their counterparts in all other countries, the
International Labor Organization said in its report. Ireland comes in
second at $55,986, followed by Luxembourg at $55,641, Belgium at $55,235
and France at $54,609.
The productivity figure is found by dividing the country’s gross domestic product by the number of people employed. The U.N. report is based on 2006 figures for many countries, or the most recent available.
Only part of the U.S. productivity growth, which has outpaced that of
many other developed economies, can be explained by the longer hours
Americans are putting in, the ILO said.
The United States, according to the report, also beats all 27 nations
in the European Union, Japan and Switzerland in the amount of wealth
created per hour of work — a second key measure of productivity.
Norway, which is not an EU member, generates the most output per
working hour, $37.99, a figure inflated by the country’s billions of
dollars in oil exports and high prices for goods at home. The United
States is second at $35.63, about a half dollar ahead of third-place
That report is from 2007, but it points out beyond question that American workers are clearly not to blame for the shortfalls of American business. We continue to give our employers more for less every single day.
So why is it that we bear the price of our manager's incompetence? They receive more value for their labor dollar than anyone else on the planet, but they claim they can't compete.
Pepsi just announced they will shitcan 8,700 of their workers and their families, not because they are losing money, they made more than they expected, but to coddle the same executives that exhibit their incompetence in every facet of American business. Those executives cited the uncertainty of the market as their reason for destroying these families, but hasn't there always been uncertainty in the market? Isn't that a normal part of the risk/benefit analysis that is the justification for profit to begin with?
We know beyond doubt American workers are doing their part more competently than ever before, we also know that despite the whining and gnashing of teeth, our taxes are lower now than they've been for 7 decades. That leaves only management as the weak link in American industry. Will they ever be made to take responsibility for their incompetence?
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