reply to post by michael1983l
This is an interesting topic to me.
My current Supervisor used to work in France. He is a well traveled man. We talked one night about workers in France and Greek and in his words,
"They are lazy". I found it an odd thing to say and I asked him to explain,. I can not recall exactly what he said about Greece, it may have been
that the average person only works like 6 hours per day or something to that effect. I remember vividly how he said in August many places in France
are closed because everyone is on holiday (vacation).
As far as American workers and what type of time off we get, it depends where you work. As I have said before on this site, I worked as a DJ for 20
years. I got no time off. There was no vacation time, there was no paid time off. To give you an idea of what it was like for me, as a DJ, I actually
broke my back at work one night (my L2 and L3). I got one day off. On day 2 my boss called my phone to ask me how I felt. He then asked if I planned
to come to work that evening. I told him I needed a few more days, to which he replied, "I know you're hurting and injured and I don't want to rush
you back but if you do not come in tonight I will have to replace you".
Yes you read that right.... after breaking my back at my job, I was told to suck it up and get back to work or lose my job. We had no vacations, you
could take one if you wanted... but that did not mean you had a job when you got back. As a DJ, I did get 4 days off once.... after working 3 years
in the same place, and it was not paid.
Now my current job is different. They actually have a pretty good benefits package, especially compared to many other places I have worked. After 1
year of work I will get 12 days of paid time off. However the fact is, there are many workers who do not get vacation time, do not get paid time off.
They literally get nothing for their work. Here is the US it varies greatly, there really is not a norm that I am aware of.