What's a Short Work Program?
A short work program is aimed at keeping employees working and on the payroll. What happens is this: The work hours of an employee are cut back, depending on the needs of the company. Employers reduce their employees work hours and pay from 20 to 40 percent. Then, states make up the lost wages, usually from up to half. These funds come from state unemployment funds. Employers get to keep their skilled workers and employees keep their jobs and benefits.
The United States does have a work sharing program; however, it is not used much. Germany's economy is coming back from the recession and the short work program is a primary reason.
Bad Economy Means Big Changes are Coming
What big changes? The average American worker is going to find himself in a totally different work environment. Giant Corporations and small businesses are adopting an entirely new work paradigm. In short, this means shorter working hours for the employee. Additionally, the average worker is going to find himself in so called temporary and or part time work.
Why the shift to short working hours, temporary and part-time work? The government has learned that a short work program or work sharing is the best way to fight unemployment and bone up the economy. You will be seeing a combination of state and federal initiatives aimed at strengthening and promoting work sharing and short work programs.
Win with Short Work
It's time to wrap your mind around the new work place reality of short work. This can mean going after a part-time job. Maybe several part time jobs. You think? Can you handle it? Maybe it's time to think outside of the box! Don't be "old school" and looking for that dream job that just never is happening. You need income coming in.
Get your job and then continue to prepare for that career job. You need to be thinking about part-time work and temporary work. Register at a couple aggressive "temp work" agencies. You may find something there. All is not lost. Part-time and temp work can lead to a full-time career job. Your focus must be on getting a job and income. Regardless of how small or temporary.
What's that? You say a part-time temporary job won't cover your bills or your monthly outgo. No kidding. Of course it won't. Then, when you have the momentum going on that one job, go out and get another temp or part-time job.
Are You Hard Core?
Guys and gals that that are going to survive and thrive in the 21st century are going to be Hard Core. What does Hard Core mean? It means having the smarts and courage to do what you have to do in order keep your family above water. Just read the tea leaves. You don't need a Chinese fortune cookie to tell you what you have to do. Make that major paradigm shift...it's short work, work sharing, part-time and temp work that is going to save the day. None of this is going to be fun, but it will beat sleeping under the bridge. Or having to go and live with your parents.