"How Do You Sell Your Labor Power?"

Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 02:50 pm
I was asked this question a few weeks ago, and it kind of stuck in my head. Partly for the amusement of the how it was worded, and partly because it made me think about my employment as an exchange.

How do you sell your labor power? Do you get a good price for it?*

*I don't want people posting their salaries. That's not the point.

A thought provoking video on labor and productivity and their relation to motivation.

Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 04:05 pm

I do NOT sell it; I don 't even rent it.

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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 04:10 pm
One of my favorite quotes:
"The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time."


IN THE CREATIVE WORK WORLD: When that monetary pressure is off, people can relax.

IN THE PRODUCTION WORLD: Just get it done, man. Collect your paycheck and get out. Find your 'feel goods' somewhere else.

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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 04:15 pm
i usually say, "i will work good for reasonable money"
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ebrown p
Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 04:19 pm
That drawing guy was great.... I wonder how much he was paid for that.
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Green Witch
Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 04:42 pm
Has anyone here read Your Money or Your Life? It was written a few decades ago but addresses this very issue. The philosophy of the book is for people to find a way to make a basic living that is rewarding and supports what they love to do and forget about all the corporate definitions of success and the material gravy that goes with it. There is an emphasis on keeping out of debt and keeping your expenses manageable so money is not a worry. The book claims people are most happy when they have all their basic physical comforts met, they have work they find mentally and emotionally rewarding and they interact within their community in a positive, friendly way. While some of the financial advice in the book is outdated, the basic philosophy still stands.
Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 06:55 pm
I've long said, since dropping out of uni at 18 and working in a factory for five years, that 'Work equates to someone paying you in exchange for bits of your life' and therefore it makes sense to get the best price you can, if you wish to acquire things that require money, seeing how your life is non-renewable resource.
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Reply Wed 14 Jul, 2010 06:57 pm
@Green Witch,
verdant witch wrote:
are most happy when they have all their basic physical comforts met, they have work they find mentally and emotionally rewarding

That's Maslow's hierarchy minus the top level - self-actualisation.
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Reply Thu 15 Jul, 2010 06:33 am
Would this have some interesting applications in our educational system?

My husband taught middle school. He often would offer opportunties for 'bonus' points or 'extra credit' to students in order to bring up their grades.

I noticed that the kids who had top grades often did the extra credit projects, in spite of the fact they did not need it.

The kids who could have raised their grade from an E to a C rarely took advantage of the offer. Even the C to a B didn't.

Now I know there are so many variables (including the age group ) but I wonder if there could be an application of this theory here.

Your thoughts?

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