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Google CEO: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
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Shane M. O'Neill
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Shane M. O'Neill,
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7/9/2014 | 10:51:04 AM
Re: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
An out-of-touch billionaire thinking out loud, and not thinking very clearly. I can't tell if this is his cock-eyed utopian vision where people will be happy with just the essentials and give up half their salaries for more free time OR if it's a last ditch scramble to create half-jobs as unemployment surges and social and economic circumstances deteriorate. Either way Larry, test it out at Google and let us know how it goes.
sueinphilly
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7/9/2014 | 10:33:15 AM
Job sharing could work in some instances
Re; Job sharing.  I make more money than I need.  I have a friend who has been mostly out of work for a year.  I could EASILY live on 2/3 of my salary.  If I job shared with my friend and she earned 1/3 of my salary, she would be thrilled as it would be as much money as she has ever earned in her life.

I'm not a millionare and I make less than 100K a year

 

 

 
BillyJ115
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BillyJ115,
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7/9/2014 | 10:29:21 AM
Here's Reality For You
This talk topic is something they were probably talking about over several beers at the local bar because that's all it is, drunk talk.

 

Reality is this: cost of living is rising and employment and salaries are declining fast and have been for quite some time now. The rich get richer or stay rich, the poor stay poor and the middle class went extinct.

 

Greed comes in many forms, from the politicians to the CEO's of corporations to the lobbyist that keep technology at bay to keep their cash flow coming in (example: oil companies keeping hydrogen power technology locked down and unavailable to the public to further keep the world dependent on oil).

 

When will change come to these issues???? Never in our lifetime.
sk8sonh2o
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sk8sonh2o,
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7/9/2014 | 10:27:47 AM
Propagate wealth at the low end of the income scale
Some innovations concentrate wealth, and some propagate wealth. It's important to have a pretty wide definition of wealth, to include health and family time, access to education, and opportunity, and to include externalized costs and carbon footprint. So the bicycle propagated wealth. The sewing machine destroyed some jobs, but Singer's micro-financing initiative to help women buy sewing machines mitigated the problem for a while. The I-phone as a piece of hardware concentrates wealth, but the App Store propagates wealth.  MOOCS propagate wealth. High School robotics programs probably concentrate wealth in the long run. The current romance with innovation should be looked at as a two-edged sword and subsidy programs should try to distinguish between propagation and concentration. People should try to buy more services and less stuff, eg hire someone to mow the lawn instead of buying a lawn tractor. 
Paul987
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7/9/2014 | 10:13:41 AM
Utter nonsense
Oh how easy it is to envision a utopian future when one is so disconnected from the realities imposed on the masses by a predatory capitolistic economic system.  

What makes professments like this even more condescending and offensive is that it's the very nature of our ultra-capitolistic system that has afforded Mr. Page the ability to be so disconnected from the conditions it imposes on the rest of us.  

So, Mr. Page, instead of talk, how about taking some steps to bring this future you talk of to fruition.  Maybe you could start by eliminating your off-shore tax shelters which has enabled corporations like Google to shovel so much of the tax burden onto the commoners that they HAVE to work 24/7 just to survive, regardless of how much they may or may not want to.  

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm getting *really* tired of the demonstrated ignorance of the conditions the masses live under by the very people this society, for some reason, rewards with untold riches.  

Revolutions happen when the disconnect between the ruling class and the commoners gets to the levels we see today.  Mr. Page and his ilk would be wise to tred very lightly...  as evidenced by many of the comments lately, the smell of revolution is in the air.  
Lorna Garey
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7/9/2014 | 10:06:43 AM
Re: Yeah Sue...
I do think that in future we can't all have as much STUFF as we do now. It's not sustainable for the planet, much less dwindling income. Instead of buying a few new pairs of shoes every season because some designer says heels are out and flats are in, why not just have a couple of pairs that you really like? Instead of buying a new PC or car or tablet every year or two, buy good quality and use it for a long time. 
zerox203
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7/9/2014 | 9:39:34 AM
Re: Fight Unemployment With Job Sharing
Interesting Concept, Thomas, but as you say, it sounds a little more sci-fi than reality - at least for the near future. Most companies (not to mention employees) will scoff at the idea as a real solution, and most job regulation seems to have some trouble hitting it's intended target. For example, the recent healthcare act which mandated that employees who work over 30 hours must get health insurance casued only one outcome many places - reduce everyone's house to exactly 29. That's a bit too easy of a loophole, don't you think? We need something a little more comprehensive to fix employment problems in 2014.

Seeing the headline with 'Google CEO' affixed to the front made me thing "wow, what a strange idea... but maybe if someone like Google is behind it, it will pick up some steam." - after all, they've coined all kinds of strange employment rules, like their famous '20% rule'.  Of course, it turned out the reality is that this is not a real suggestion from the top at Google, just a pie-in-the-sky idea that was brought up during an interview; a thought exercise. If Google really adopts a policy like that, then we'll have something else entirely to talk about it, but as it stands, there's still some value in someone important bringing up the idea. At least it gets us thinking about something that's going to be a very real issue for us and our children.


rradina
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rradina,
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7/9/2014 | 9:37:40 AM
Disconnected...
I think billionaires are disconnected from reality.  If you cut the work week to 20 hours and halve the salary, the talented will just get two jobs.  Effect on unemployment -- zero.

It probably won't work even if you double salaries before cutting the work week.  The talented will get two jobs and double their income unless this is outlawed.  If not outlawed, a doubling of salary would drive jobs in the service industry as the talented enjoy more disposable income.  Travel would grow meaning lots of new unskilled service jobs.  Of course if corporations were forced to double salaries, the commensurate inflation would decimate all of this theory.

Perhaps Google should start this experiment to see what happens.
CraigC950
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7/9/2014 | 9:35:57 AM
Re: Yeah Sue...
I notice there was no suggestion that, to help with ongoing diminution of pay for the average worker, the CEO's should pay share.  Is there a bit of hypocricy here?
ReverendKyle78
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7/9/2014 | 9:33:29 AM
Not exactly...
"That might sound like the setup for an episode of Star Trek, but it's the world Google's founders see ahead of us."

 

Actually, it sounds a lot more like "I, Robot".  And anyone who has read it knows that it doesn't exactly end well for us humans.
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