Are corporate jobs a new form of slavery?

are corporate jobs a new form of slavery

If the word slavery is taken in its literal sense, then No, corporate jobs are definitely not slavery. Slavery, which existed a few centuries ago, was a serious social evil. It was racist, discriminatory, inhumane and what not. Equating Corporate jobs to slavery(literal sense) would be stretching it too far.

But, if we talk about slavery in figurative terms, then an argument can be made. Corporate houses are no saints. Corporate jobs are highly profit-centric and the welfare of the employees only goes as far as it is profitable. They have high working hours, little to no paid leaves, stringent performance measures, repeated work, low wages, etc. Most of them have very little scope for personal development. After a 10 hour shift, a person hardly has any time to rejuvenate and develop themselves. The nature of work is also highly specialized, anyone wishing to learn more about the various aspects of the business has no scope for it at all. For instance, if you’re a programmer but wish to learn more about marketing, you’ll have to leave the job and look for a new one in marketing.

The enslavement is not directly visible for the not-so-keen observer. While it may look like the individual has been renumerated for their efforts, but it is not so. The financial rewards may be abundant, but the time, sometimes health and growth opportunities sacrificed for that one promotion far outweigh the rewards.

The case of India is particularly bleak. India is a labour surplus country. The supply of employees is much greater than the demand. This, in turn, decreases the value given to employees as they are perceived to be replaceable. This also decreases the chances of promotion. What an experienced person can accomplish can be similarly accomplished by 10 entry-level employees at a far cheaper price.

 

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7 comments

  1. In Debate Class we had to chose topics for a debate I picked this because this look interesting thanks for the information.

  2. We can’t define corporate jobs as slavery but it varies from a person-to-person i.e., if a person is doing a job it means that it was something he/she wanted for their courier to bloom in the future. It totally depends upon the person whether he does his job with happiness or in slavery. It is the job’s earning that gives him the financial capability to live a better life and spend on their needs, wants and desires. Every person is a slvae in this world, no one gets anything for free ; then why telling corporate job as a slavery ?

  3. According to me any private organisations job is a slavery if it is corporate or non corporate because of they don’t have any personal life , yes they get good remuneration , travelling allowance or pickup and drop facility. But employees have to work 10 to 12 hours may be in office and after they return to office sometimes house also they have to work according to their demand. After 12 hours work people they get tired , they feel exhausted, they don’t have capacity to talk their family or time spend with them. They have lots of work pressure, huge anxiety , fulfill targets etc. There is no choice, may be husband and wife both are in corporate sector sometimes it is very difficult to continue their relationship because of they are busy they don’t have time. From my personal experience , I am a private organisation employee , when I return from office I feel very tired even i have desire to talk anybody , I hardly speak. Yes we earn money , get facility but corporate job is a slavery.

  4. Given the competitive nature of businesses in today’s world expecting stricter targets from employers is the order of the day. This is not limited to corporate sector. It is applicable in other sectors such as Banking also.
    Working schedule is quite strict but it doesn’t mean that an individual will not get a chance to grow personally or has to compromise health.
    Ample of extra-curricular activities are organized inside these companies. If an employee is skilled and good at his job, he can easily manage time for other activities.Besides, companies give the facility of working from home or taking a short sabbatical from work to get rejuvenated.
    Saying that corporate jobs is new form of slavery is a matter of perspective & your ability to manage your time.

  5. When we talk about Slavery in corporate jobs, definitely No. I would say slavery is what happened in USA between Black & White peoples, Black were actually treated worst than an animal. No-one cared about there food, there families and health.
    I would say,yes it is difficult to survive in corporate job, an employee has work in a peer pressure and under difficult situations. But, on other hand, Companies are also paying according to one’s capability, some are providing cab facilities, food & accommodation too. Govt is also creating a better environment for the companies to do business, and get more profit. Once companies will get business and profit they will create more organised environment for an employee to work.
    In corporate job, psychology of an employee also matters. If one is enjoying work and culture of a company, he/she will not agree with the statement.

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