Why do people go to work? Why would anyone get up at 6 a.m. and get dressed up and leave the coziness of his bed, then get stuck in the traffic to reach the office on time? Well, the obvious answer, to the best of my knowledge is that people want jobs so that they can earn a living so that they can make enough to feed their families and live a fulfilling life. We earn because we want to prosper, but more so because we want our family to flourish(“7 steps for communicating employee transitions from exempt to nonexempt,” n.d.).
Recently, the government has released an act, called Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA maintains a minimum wage, overtime pay eligibility that will affect both; the full time, as well as the part-time workers. This law is for the private sector, all over the United States of America. This Act is about work-life balance for the salaried class. The FLSA emphasizes on the employees to work in the time officially allotted to them, and then go home to their families(“What morale challenges employers should expect with the overtime rule,” n.d.).
However, most employees would not view this law as a friendly family law only. Many employees consider it demeaning to be graded as an hourly wage earner. They claim that they have invested significant time and money in their education and do not deserve to be called wage earners. These employees are bound to feel hurt when their employer will redesign their pay scales.
For employers to handle these employees, who are no doubt, valuable members of their respective organizations, the employers need to address the employees carefully. They must hold sessions; in which the HR team answer the employee’s concerns and explain to them the reasons behind the decision(“Breaking the News,” 2016). The employees should be told that by giving them hourly wages, the company is valuing every aspect of their work, not just the overall output. In other words, stress should be laid on the point that the company values its employee’s work-life balance. Also, the work they do in the office for the company will also be rewarded.
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Breaking the News: When Workers Lose Their Exempt Status. (2016, May 13). Retrieved November 22, 2017, from https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/employee-relations/pages/overtime-rule.aspx
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