1. Less employees in the office doing the same work
Many workers have been let go of but the work remains, many times less experienced workers with a lower pay are performing the work of former HR staff, and other critical functions. Some offices have no managers left and have seen their VP’s be the first to be laid off.
2. Pension plans and 41K’s
For many office workers it is now a thing of the past. First it was employer contributions, and then they have in many places disappeared all together.
3. Health insurance
Many offices do not offer health insurance anymore, if they do employee contributions have gone from 0- several hundred dollars for family coverage per month, and the co-pays have sky rocketed. It has also been harder to find doctors that accept the various insurances offered.
4. Dental insurance
For many office workers it is a luxury of the past.
Many official holidays are no longer recognized and the trend is to stay open. Older practices of letting staff go home early the day before a major holiday are also becoming a thing of the past.
6. Office parties and employee recognition
Birthday parties used to be for every birthday, and then some offices started doing them once a month, and some cut them altogether. Most common now is that employees collect money themselves for other office workers birthdays. Christmas parties used to be a huge celebration at fancy venues, and come with Christmas bonuses. Little remains, most common now seems to be a Christmas lunch in the office if even that. Employee recognition has become to mean you didn’t get fired: Be happy!
7. Office supplies
School teachers are known for having to spend their own money to supply their classrooms, now office staff is joining them. Often it is basic supplies such as pens, paper, and staplers. In more serious cases many now have to bring their own toilet paper, soap and coffee with them.
Miami is hot, and working without an A/C seems cruel in a city with high humidity and skyrocketing temperatures. However, don’t be surprised an increasing number of office workers have had their A/C’s put on higher temperatures, or turned off. In one office not only where the A/C’s turned of but the staff was also asked to work without light for at least four hours a day.