Regardless of whether companies really take advantage of employees or not, many workers might feel exploited, according to an Academy of Management Journal article.
“More employees than you’d think perceive themselves as exploited by organizations, even if managers don’t believe they’re being exploitative,” said Ephrat Livne–Ofer of New York University.
“These perceptions have consequences. The consequences can be emotional, like anger and guilt. And they can have behavioral consequences that are detrimental to the organization,” she said. “Managers and organizations should pay attention to these perceptions, and (a), try to prevent them from developing, or (b), try to curb them once they once they occur to improve the relationship between employees and employers