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Egalitarianism -
A More Humanised and Supportive Workplace Culture

The culture of Australian workplaces will dramatically change for the better in several ways under the guidance of the AEM. One important change that will occur, occurs just by becoming an Egalitarian society. With the ability to make more money than other people being impossible to achieve, the reasons why people choose the careers they do will no longer have anything to do with making lots of money. When a person takes on more responsibility, vocational education, or becomes more specialised, one does it as a means of pursuing one's own interests, a natural progression in life, avoiding hard work, or as a way of giving to one's society. And this serves to increase the society's respect, rather than resentment for these people who hold such positions because it displays that they believe in their society and that they are motivated to do their best for the society, without the reward of more wealth. At the other end of the workforce, people who are involved in low skilled or physically demanding occupations will feel much more appreciated for their efforts because they are now being economically rewarded just as much as everybody else. This not only serves to increase peoples' motivation to stay in such occupations, it also serves to create a much greater sense of justice and belief in one's society, which also serves to reduce resentment towards those people who have managed to escape from these types of jobs, particularly when one knows one won't be trapped in these occupations forever. The overall effect is that the majority of citizens are far more content in their workplaces and this will serve to improve the contentment within the society in general, but this is just the beginning.

The Role of Bosses

Currently, owners or managers have a lot of money issues to be concerned about in the running of a business, such as....

  • finding the cheapest prices for materials, inventory items, and services
  • determining who gets paid how much
  • determining what price to sell their products or services for
  • working out the tax on the products and services
  • working out the tax on employees' wages
  • estimating/quotes
  • superannuation schemes
  • advertising and marketing
  • finding work/clients/customers 
  • insurance and compensation
  • bankruptcy

These money issues not only take up time, they also all add to the stress of the job, and owners and managers often become motivated to do such things as cutting corners, fiddling the books, overcharging customers, and of course economically and emotionally abusing their workers. Greed also motivates the same behaviours.

Along with economic stratification, these money issues greatly shape the culture of the workplace in our democratic-capitalist society, but in the AEM's version of Egalitarianism, managers of businesses do not need to worry about these money issues anymore. The state supplies all the company's materials. Hourly rates of pay are the same for everybody, and the boss doesn't pay employees anyway (the state does). There is no tax on products or services, or employees' wages. The state determines the price of the products or services that the company produces. There are no superannuation schemes, and the state takes care of advertising or marketing (if there is any). The state is in charge of the company's insurance and compensation payments, and it is also responsible for providing safe workplaces and the appropriate safety equipment, etc. The state often provides all the work for the business, and it also handles much of the administration and accounts of the business. And even if the business becomes unviable, we just move managers and other workers into other jobs, and nobody is left broke, unemployed, or deserted.

Another thing that managers or CEOs of big companies usually have to deal with is what to do with profits of the company so that the company can make more money. As we have seen, a common option is to invest in other companies. This changes the requirements of the job substantially, as managers need to become experts in economics and investments, and this expertise is one of the main reasons why CEOs claim such extraordinarily high salaries. As you also know, many poor decisions have been made and some companies have lost billions of dollars in the process. This is another thing that managers, including managers of the biggest companies in Australia will never need to concern themselves with again. All profits from all companies go to the state, and the government determines how best to use this money.

As such, the main objectives of managers are to make the business run as efficiently as possible, to keep records, to make sure that the staff are doing what they are supposed to be doing, and to make sure the staff are feeling appreciated and receiving the appropriate training and nurturing. In many smaller businesses that are already working well (e.g. shops), reliable staff may often need no managerial supervision at all.

The role of people who are in charge of other workers (e.g. managers, foreman, supervisors, group leaders) will be more like that of a coach. A coach is on your side, and it is one of your boss's tasks to help find your niche within the greater workplace just as a coach attempts to find the best position for you in the team. Your boss's ability to do this is one of ways we rate bosses, and this helps overcome another sad but true occurrence within our capitalist society. That is, many bosses become motivated to keep you down, for a number of reasons (e.g. you may take their job, they don't like you, you don't like them, to keep you under their control, you're a woman, you're black, because they are bullies). In the Egalitarian society, your boss wins when you win. As such, your boss will have a more positive and nurturing role in your working life, although this doesn't mean that like a coach or a parent, your boss won't sometimes scold at you for slacking off, or that you won't be dropped from the team (because the workplace is still a competitive environment).

This issue of being kept down is actually a major aspect of the democratic-capitalist culture, and most other cultures in which there is economic and/or social stratification. That is, the elite in our current society are continuously trying to maintain and improve their position within the society by keeping as many people down in the middle and working classes as possible, largely because the less money one has access to, the less likely one is of becoming a threat to their elite status. And this knowledge, and the resentment it causes, also often motivates many types of criminal behaviour. In the Egalitarian society, the state doesn't have any reason to keep you down, and every reason to help you find your true potential for the benefit of the society. And because there won't be an elite class or anybody else who is motivated to keep you down, your society will also play a much more positive and nurturing role in your life.

Another unfortunate aspect of our contemporary workplace culture is that in many cases, one doesn't need any qualifications or training to be a boss. Often, one merely needs to have enough money to employ someone, and as such, many bosses are quite (deliberately or ignorantly) abusive to their staff. Other times, people become bosses because they were good performers in their job, but good performers, and even gifted geniuses don't necessarily make good bosses, teachers, or coaches, and they are often unable to warm up to average performers or unable to understand why others don't understand. As such, there is a tendency to think of subordinates as inferior, which motivates disrespect towards subordinates, and which doesn't help anybody or the atmosphere of the workplace. Most of us can usually understand how bad experiences in the school system serve to cause young people to dislike and avoid school and further education, but the bad experiences in the school system are nothing compared to the emotionally traumatic experiences created by such people within the workplace. This emotional trauma is particularly influential in shaping one's attitudes when entering into a new social environment (e.g. schools, universities, the workforce, a new job). It is little wonder then, that we have so many people who avoid work, but in our typical self-righteous attitudes that are developed in us by our self-righteous capitalist constitution, we tend to insist that there is something lacking in these people, rather than to admit that there is something lacking in the way we deal with people in the workplace. Also, when people have been in charge of other people for a period of time, we often see a negative change in their attitudes towards the workers they oversee (See our discussion about the 'Prisoners and Guards experiment' in our 'Why We Know that All Elitist Societies are Invalid' web page to see what we mean by this), and this also serves to create poor workplace relations.

The AEM doesn't necessarily think that all people need to receive training to be a boss (even though training will often be provided), as many people already intuitively possess an aptitude for dealing with people in a professional and compassionate manner without receiving training, but we do think that all bosses need to be screened, and that their conduct needs to be monitored and re-evaluated from time to time. And when our new workplace culture is established, potential bosses will be able to intuitively learn from their role models (i.e. their bosses) about what good leadership in the workplace entails, without necessarily needing training to know what is appropriate behaviour. It becomes more a matter of adapting to your social environment.

Currently, people's dependency upon needing work also allows employers to be economically and emotionally abusive towards their employees, particularly in low skilled jobs. In the AEM's version of Egalitarianism, this problem won't arise because not only are you able to change jobs relatively easily, and not only are you on the same pay as your boss, with our multi-occupations scheme (See below), people from all areas of the workforce will spend time in many different areas of work. As such, a person who is a boss within one workplace may also be a subordinate within a different workplace, which tends to create and maintain a greater understanding about what it is like to be overseen.


You will be able to divide your working day, week, month, or year into several different occupations. Being involved in different types of labour, and working in different workplaces is designed to....
  • put variety and a change of pace in your working lives.
  • provide you with the opportunity to follow several careers of interest at once.
  • provide you with a broad education and appreciation of the various industries and occupations within Australia, particularly while you are young, which will also help you to better find your calling in life, and which will also help you develop an appreciation for the work that other people do.
  • make our workforce far more flexible. That is, by creating a society in which most people have more than one occupation, we create an oversupply of people with the appropriate skills for any one particular job (without creating unemployment), who we can call upon if and when we need to. This gives us the ability to speed things up or slow things down as we need to. 
  • experience different workplace environments and locations. For example, you could be given the opportunity to leave your current jobs and residence and do seasonal work on a farm for a period. Sometimes, you could be asked to do a similar type of work within a different business when there is a need to speed things up in this business, or a need to slow things down in your current business. 
  • allow workers and the state to scratch each other's back. For example, you may want to do a particular job, and we may allow you to do this job, for some of the time, if you help us out in another job that we need workers for, for some of the time.  
  • greatly reduce the continuous time that individuals are currently spending in repetitive or mundane jobs, or jobs in which one is required to stand or sit in one' position for long hours. By using our multi-occupations scheme, we can employ more workers to work a smaller number of hours each day in these jobs.     
  • provide you with a more satisfying life, rich in experiences, knowledge, and social contact.

The AEM is also interested in dividing most people's working day or week into physical and non-physical labour (non-physical labour also includes study), which we also feel has benefits for the individual, the society, and the culture in general (although it will not be compulsory for those people who are part of the existing working population). The general scheme of our plan is that the majority of people start out in their working lives doing physically demanding labour for most of the week (e.g. 90%), and gradually increase their non-physical labour as they grow older. By the time they reach 60 years old, they are still doing around 5% physical or active labour. This scheme is part of a bigger plan to create a more structured culture, where people can see to a fair extent, what benefits the future has in store for them. As this scheme has quite a number of facets to it, we will discuss it further down the track. For now, some of the benefits include....

  • Unlike the contemporary system, it caters to you as a human being who has lots of energy to burn while you are young, but who gradually slows down with age, injuries, and other ailments.  
  • Reduces your health problems and the state's health bill by helping to develop bone and muscle during your younger years, and by helping to reduce cardiovascular problems during your later working lives, while keeping your muscled exercised and fitness levels up.
  • Allows younger people to start their working lives in relatively low-stress related jobs.
  • Does the sensible thing of using the young, while they are healthy and full of stamina to do more of the society's physically demanding work.
  • It allows a greater number of people to slowly infiltrate specialised areas of intellectual labour as they grow older.

Preventing Occupational Traps

In our contemporary democratic-capitalist society, it is often very difficult for people to change occupations. Employers are very often looking for experienced employees because they don't want to risk their money training people who aren't capable of the job or who might leave within a short space of time. This situation tends to trap people in various occupations because they don't have experience in other types of jobs. Other times, people have begun a family and don't dare risk venturing off into unknown waters while they have such great economic responsibilities. In the AEM's version of Egalitarianism, you may find yourself doing jobs that you don't really like, particularly early in your working life, but you can always be assured that this is not where you will remain if you don't want to. Having multi-occupations also helps stop this, and it also allows people to experiment with different jobs in order to find what type of work they enjoy.

Rights of Passage 

The more you have achieved in the workforce, and the more you have succeeded in the workplace challenges that you have taken on, the more you are able to direct your career where you want it to go. Therefore, the older you grow, the more likely it is (but by no means certain) that you will have achieved more and succeeded in more workplace challenges, which means that older people are more likely to out-compete younger people for that popular job or that university course. However, this does not mean that older people will be able to hog the best jobs for three reasons.

  • With our multi-occupation scheme, the situation becomes more like this: older people are more likely to spend more time in that job while younger people are more likely to spend less time in that job.
  • Because younger people are able to do that popular job or study for that degree for some of the time, this gives us the ability to see who the shining stars are. People can be allowed more hours in this field, in accordance to their achievements and abilities. For a small percentage of people, this may begin as soon as they leave school.
  • We also reward effort with more hours in that field. Effort usually entails undertaking voluntary work or study in your spare time to achieve results. Generally, people who put more effort in will get to where they want to go faster.

Vocational Education

Most people who are granted the right to do study during working hours will usually be required to also partake in practical work that is related to that field of study (whenever possible). This policy allows the state to make sure that it gets value out of you while you are studying, and especially if you decide not to follow through with this study.

Some college and university course will no longer be necessary. Australia and many other western countries have become rather, what we refer to as 'qualification crazy' because employers want staff pre-trained. In the AEM's society, we will, to a large extent, return to the policy of training workers on the job. This of course, will often be associated with formal study and passing exams, but it will become much easier to advance and specialise within a field of work through demonstrating one's ability to learn in the field.

For those occupations that require a more formal tertiary education, unlike the present system, we do not let anybody do whatever degree they want and then let them try to find a job. There are literally thousands of people out there who never found a job that required the academic degree they acquired. We make predictions about how many architects for example, that we will need in 5 years time, and regulate our student intake to match, but this doesn't mean that you can't study these disciplines if you want to. Those who don't make that year's intake can still study for free, in their spare time. As mentioned in the previous section, the state acknowledges this type of effort and enthusiasm, and this saving to our education budget, and it will always serve to get you where you want to go faster. This may serve to make scholarships in various disciplines, at various times, unavailable, particularly in the earlier years of an academic course, because we are inclined to grant scholarships to those that have already gone a fair way to achieving it in their spare time.

The aim of the AEM is to make education an ongoing responsibility and quest in most peoples' working lives, to some extent, as part of the process of motivating workers to develop and refine their skills and knowledge. As such, most occupations will entail a measure of education and training.

Physiotherapy and Preventative Medicine

We regard all types of workers as athletes. Every job is associated with some types of injuries. Even people whose job requires that they be seated for long hours tend to develop back problems. And just as an athlete does warm-up exercises and stretches to prevent injury, so too will workers do exercises and stretches to prevent workplace injuries, during the first 15-30 minutes of each working day. Workplaces will have visiting physiotherapists to create individually orientated exercise programs. Those workers who already have injuries will also have programs developed to strengthen these injuries and to reduce pain. It is hoped that this policy will serve to produce a better quality of life for workers and reduce our health bill substantially. This policy will eventually be compulsory for all those young people entering the workforce and will continue throughout the rest of their lives, but you of the existing workforce will not be required to do it if you choose not to.

Flexible Hours of Work

In spite of the rhetoric to the contrary, one of the problems in our contemporary democratic-capitalist society is inflexibility. Because the AEM's Egalitarian state administers all work, and because multi-occupations will eventually be the norm, it becomes much easier to cater to the individual's circumstances or preferences in relation to how much work one wants to do, and when it is convenient for one to work. This of course can't apply to all types of work, all of the time, but we will usually be able to find something, particularly if one is planning to work these hours on a regular basis.

No Overtime Work

It is highly unlikely that one will ever be asked to work overtime. We just don't need people to do overtime, particularly when we can shift our workforce around to suit the demands of the day. However, from time to time, the need for people to do overtime may be unavoidable. However, as this is an Egalitarian state, overtime doesn't earn one more pay, which is currently the primary incentive for wanting it. Instead, the hours one spent doing overtime will be paid back to one, in one of several ways that you can choose from.

  • Add these hours to one's holiday period or long-service leave.
  • Take time off in lieu.
  • Subtract time off one's retirement age. 
  • gain more working time in an occupation of your choice.

Working Beyond Retirement Age

The AEM tries to encourage people to work beyond retirement age, particular since people keep insisting upon living longer, by allowing people over the age of 65 to....

  • only work 4 hours per day to receive a full-time working wage.
  • work in whatever areas of work they want to (if possible and practical).

Personal Presentation at Work

In our democratic-capitalist society, personal presentation has become an extremely important criteria in gaining and maintaining many different jobs and doing business, because everybody is trying to sell you something, whether it be a product or service, one's public image, or the image of one's company. In the Egalitarian society, we will rarely be trying to sell you anything (we are instead, very happy when you don't buy anything), and as such, the way you are presented (or how sexy you are) is unimportant, no matter how important your job is. As long as you are wearing appropriate clothes for the job (in relation to safety and function), which will usually be supplied to you, and as long as you are clean and don't stink when you start work, we're happy. We actually don't want you to iron your work clothes because we don't want you to waste precious non-renewable resources (e.g. coal for electricity) just to look pretty for work. The exceptions to this policy may include those people who work in such places as our international hotels and airlines, or in certain acting roles, and we will usually supply, clean, and iron these uniforms for these staff.

Annual Holidays and Long-Service Leave

In our current democratic-capitalist society, when one changes jobs, one often looses the opportunity to take annual holidays, and in many casual jobs, one is required to regularly save a portion of one's pay one's self, if one hopes to enjoy a holiday at all. Consequently, there are many people in our society who have rarely been on holidays, and since annual holidays help make work worthwhile for any individual, a big chunk of the motivation to work is not available to all people. In fact, the vast majority of people in our jails have never been on holidays. Also, when one changes jobs, one usually has to recommence working towards achieving long-service leave again, which means that only a small percentage of the workforce actually get to enjoy long-service leave.

In the Egalitarian society, changing jobs doesn't affect your annual leave or your long-service leave. As far as the Egalitarian state is concerned, changing jobs is just the same as transferring to another department within the one big company and therefore, all your entitlements transfer with you. As such, everyone can expect to enjoy annual holidays and long-service leave every 10 years.

Religious Holidays

As you may have read already, the AEM does not support the institutionalisation of any religion. As such, we don't stop work at Christmas or Easter, or any other date of religious significance. Instead, we allow everybody 5 days per year to celebrate whatever he or she wants to celebrate, whenever they want to celebrate it. You can take these days off in one hit, thereby having a week off work, or you can spread them out throughout the year, or you can take them when your religious institutions believe you should. We only ask that you select these days off in advance, so that we can organise our workload around them.

Also see our 'Going Off the Rails' page for details about how you can undertake projects or occupations without the blessing of the state, but with the state's support.


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