With current salary and more free time, it is almost known you will be out with your family having fun and expending more money.
If you go out one more day that today, you will use more the car, gas and buy at least, one more Coke. If you multiply that by millions of northamericans, no matter how hard chinese worked, northamerican economy will accelerate in a very nationalist way...and everybody, will be happier.
Remember this equation Happinness = Salary/ (Job problems+ Boss Ideas +1)
Not surprising the way any salaried worker is treated.
Corp. profit = income - expenses, and salaries are just like any other expense; to be minimized.
Capitalism, while extremely efficient, also tends to treat employees like bushels of corn or barrels of oil. So long as we treat people as commodities, no mater their talent, they will always be eventually abused, especially in an economic downturn.
@Martin I managed to take one week this year and had to get a six-month extension to not lose the other.
Bummer. I've known some who had to either take vacation or forfeit according to HR rules, but were not allowed to take their accrued time off because the project schedules and bosses would not allow it. Not sure what they ended up doing, but i think they did what was necessary to "keep their job".
You remember my previous gig, running The Connecting Edge? That was not a full-time job but an all-time job. Now, I do get to take one day a week completely off, sometimes two. I also get to take vacation, though I try to pre-load the site with content. Thus I'm going into crazy mode now.
On the morning of May 26, 2013,An e-mail arrived informing me that I had earned a two-week sabbatical for having been at this job for 21 years. UBM grants that every 7 years but at years 7 and 14 I worked for another company. I laughed.
I thought having that time off was hilarious. UBM gave me 18 months to use the time, that must be taken in full week blocks. I managed to take one week this year and had to get a six-month extension to not lose the other. I'll take it next year.