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Posted Saturday, June 27, 2009 9:38 PM


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Brad M. McGehee
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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 1:06 AM
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This is possible in France, Austria, Germany, Netherlands - Western Europe. You should start going on strike and asking for workerman's rights. It's not a dream, it simply equality and fairness what you should ask for.
Good luck.
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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 1:37 AM
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No one in the UK would want to go back down to only 4 weeks paid holiday. That was the norm thirty years ago when I started in IT. 5 or 6 weeks is more normal now. I shall rise to 6 weeks this year plus up to two flexi time days a month from the flexible working hours system (like time in lieu).
All I want now from the list is the Work Environment, Salary and especially the Corporate Culture but there's little hope of that in the Civil Service
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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 1:37 AM


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I believe that you can ask the things on that wish list and you might get some of them if your future employer is desperate enough and cannot find anybody else. If you look at some job offers, there are unrealistic as well. So why not being unrealistic yourself. It might be possible that in France, Austria, Germany and Netherlands (all those socialist countries) this is possible but see where they are with their economy.
Flexible working hours, corporate culture, learning opportunities and last but not least the salary are the most important for me.

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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 2:24 AM
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There probably are a large number of people here in the UK still on 20 days paid leave.

The one item in Brad's list that jumped out at me was the "...enough to retire by the time you are 50". That would be nice....but to retire at 50 you'd probably have to put your entire net salary into your pension. At least in the UK. Unless you get a nice public sector final salary pension.



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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 5:34 AM


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That's not an unreasonable list, I have quite a few of those at a small US firm now... however enough salary to retire by 50 is not one of them!

I did the "work for yourself" route for a few years and even with plenty of clients I didn't find it to be very rewarding. I'd rather be a part of an organization with good co-workers.
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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 5:54 AM
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Things can always be better but to be honest having a job which even resembles secure is a great place to be at present. It is the motivating factors which I value, work environment, appreciation from others, new challenges, development opportunities.

We all have that little place where our minds wonder off too on Friday afternoon but for most people this will never be a reality. If it were a reality then our economies would be in melt down and our dreams would be shattered anyway, it's all a fine balance.

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Posted Monday, June 29, 2009 6:27 AM
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Another on my list would be that the higher ups listen all of the time!
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Another on my list would be that the higher ups listen all of the time!
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I have a simple list: Enough to do to keep me engaged, enough pay for my plans and goals, co-workers I can get along with. I'm easy to please.

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