Book Review of Bait and Switch

While the majority of the book is targeted at the companies that squeeze the life from their employees prior to firing them, the author also issues suggestion for action to the unemployed to rise up and arrange (Ehrenreich, 42). She says that no faction is better placed by writing that it is better to pilot the justification of the middle class or possibly better motivation than unemployment.

The author had obtained a lot of mail from people who are having major financial troubles and it just began to hit her that many of them had college degrees, master degrees, and good corporate jobs. But they lost their work at some point and never pretty pulled themselves out of it. She became very interested about what was going on in corporate America and what was happening to these people (Ehrenreich, 57). She began to ask herself about what happens whenever one is laid off? How do you go about finding one? And once she began to understand just how frequent these firings and layoffs are, she started wondering, why there was no additional protest.

However, she says that a couple of people that she conversed with seemed to have been doing quite well when they were fired. They had been praised; they had been promoted. She argues that it will be troubling if you were just given a sycophantic evaluation of your performance and then a week later you’re laid off (Ehrenreich, 98). It creates a lot of fury and emotional suffering. People may develop depression. The psychological ordeal of losing a job can be as vast as the pain of a divorce.

She states in the book that once you lose a job, in whatsoever subjective fashion, there is no a lot of social cushioning for you. Furthermore, the job loss insurance benefits go for 6 months alone currently unlike initially where it used to be 15 months. Middle-class people lose health insurance because they have this ridiculous system in America where health insurance is habitually attached to employment. The whole nature of corporate employment has changed very dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years.

Employers have diverged from the idea that an employee is a lasting benefit to the company, someone to be groomed and developed, to a new concept that they are disposable. It was during the 1990s that companies began plucking people out as an outline of cost reduction. That’s why middle-class people who achieve more may be the more vulnerable to a sack because he or she is now making enough money to look like an appealing target for cost cutters (Wilkie et al., 12).

The author thinks that the malfunction of government to step in and offer some kind of cushion or social sustain for middle-class people who are being whipped out of this increasingly jungle-like condition in corporate America is the immense thing. There’s no cushion, there’s nothing much that helps middle-class people past unemployment reimbursement and that doesn’t pay much.

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