OK... This is not an attack on Americans as people...
This is about American corporate philosophies and the acceptance of these philosophies by the general population!!
My wife has a friend who moved to America a couple of years ago. She is working for a law firm and living with her mother (who has American
She phoned my wife recently to let her know that she has had a baby... all very nice... The firm that she is working for has given her 12 weeks
maternity leave and, apparently, this is standard...
That means that the baby will be left with a childminder at 3 months old!!!!!
To me this is shocking! In Britain a woman is entitled to 39 weeks paid leave!!
Then there is holidays... in America (I’ve been told) the average holiday entitlement is between 9 and 15 days!!!! Is this true???
Britain’s holiday entitlement is a minimum of 28 days for someone working normal 9-5 shift. In my last job i got 30 days plus Christmas and bank
What is even more shocking to me is the attitude of Americans to this. I have worked, and been friends with, many Americans over the years and most of
them have had an attitude of “you Brits are soft” and “we don’t need pampering we work hard and play hard”
Now i except that most of the time this is tongue in cheek bravado... But come on America... Shouldn’t you be screaming for rights like these???
Same with this issue over health care... I am not going to pretend that i understand it all... But one of the things i have seen from some Americans
is this finger pointing at British health care and the criticism of the “socialist style” NHS!!
OK... The NHS is not the best in the world... But people don’t get kicked out of hospital for not having health insurance... Kids Britain don’t
die of Toothache!!
I am not a socialist, nor i am a capitalist, there are certain qualities of both that i feel can be used and incorporated into any society to make it
fair and just. However, the average American seems to get agitated at the very word socialism!!
Is this a remnant of the 1950’s communism witch-hunts? Or is it due to corporate brain washing that makes people value material wealth over that of
time with your family’s... Seriously, think about this...
When you are dying who is going to be at your death Bed?
Do you think Bob from accounts, your Boss or your secretary will be there weeping? Do you think that the sales person, who sold you the sit on lawn
mower (that you hardly got to use due working so hard) will be there? Or the manager of Star Bucks, who help raise your blood pressure that
contributed to your death?
It will be your Wife/Husband... Kids/Grandkids... Brothers/Sisters!!
These are the people who really care for you... Family.
So... I ask... why does America seem to put such little value on TIME with these people? Time is THE most precious gift that any company can give an
employee... I don’t want crappy bonus schemes and share options... i want TIME with my family!!
It sometimes feels that America values money above all else... Glitz and Glamour... hype and BS!!
I would rather live in a tiny house with my wife and kids than a big cold marble mansion alone!!
I know that i will probably be flamed for this... but please try to remember, I am not attacking Americans. I do not write this not out of hatred for
America, but out of love for its people!!
And i don’t need responses telling me how crap Britain is... I know Britain’s faults and have already had posts covering that topic... i don’t
want this turning into a “My country is better than yours” argument... that’s not what this is about!
But this is now starting to affect us in Britain... with the gradual buying out of British business by American companies, and British companies
starting to adopt American business philosophies, we are starting to see the British workers rights and benefits being chipped away!!
Alas, Social Darwinism has hit the British shores!