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Social Loafing in Ukraine: Balancing on the Verge of Discrimination.

posted Jun 24, 2016, 12:55 PM by Olexiy Fesenko   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 10:37 AM ]
June 24, 2016

    By encouraging, the social loafing of the younger generation the State of Ukraine is participating in the social loafing itself. The pinnacle and the result of this phenomenon are the age discrimination of the qualified military service entrants of 50 years and older. 
    The new army units need a synergy when the two men can produce the better result than of each of them separately; the adage "too many cooks spoil the broth" comes true here. The social loafing of the military agencies and populism in the civil agencies account for the situation, leading to the degenerative phenomenon in Ukrainian society resulting in a formula 1+1=0.

    The former Minister of Finances of Ukraine, Natalia Yaresko on her Facebook page disclosed (Yaresko, Jan 27, 2016) an across–the–board salary increase for the military servicemen in Ukraine. In 2016, the wages of the soldiers increased by 200% and to Anti-Terrorist Soldiers by 300% vs. the similar period in 2015. Now the average wage of the former category is $265 and of the later $389. Nevertheless, the Ukrainian Army is balancing on a verge of social loafing and discrimination of its army servicepersons.

    The expected combatants have a different motivation, diverse background as experience, skills, knowledge, education, etc. Shall they have the similar level of salaries? The team dynamics is passing through the phases of forming, storming, norming, and performing stages. The one-size-fits-all approach can increase the gap between the forming and the performing stages (Mind Tools Editorial Team, n.d.) of the units’ formation.

    That is the surface problem, but the in-depth problem analysis (Table 1) shows the State is taking on the role of the shyster, discriminating the contract combatants by the age principle.

Table 1: Disparity of the Benefits and Opportunities in the Ukrainian Army

Benefits

No Benefits

1.      The Army contract overrides the mandatory army service.

After taking the mandatory service (20-27 years old), a candidate can fix a contract to serve in the professional army, which is the same as of the freshmen.

2.      Military servicemen up to 30 yr. have a right to receiving the free higher education.

People after 30 do not have such a privilege.

3.      If one has a University education, several months training is sufficient for an upward move in career to the rank of the army officer.

Age barriers for the people with the University education after 30.

4.      Granted pension to the individuals with the military work after 25 years (in a peaceful time).

No benefits to the people who came to the army after the age of 35 years old.

5.      Relatively high salary, which consists of the basic wages and a premium.

Relatively high military salary consists of the low basic pay and a bulk of the premium. Premium cannot serve to the pension provision.

6.      Benefits of a receiving a grant of an apartment in a perspective of 10-20 years.

No such the opportunity after 40 or 50 years old.

7.      Young people after 20-27 years old have an obligation of the 1.5 compulsory army service.

Many people 50+ had discharged their two years army service after 18: much better training.

8.      An opportunity to set contracts for the different terms.

After 45, available only the contracts to the end of the Anti-Terrorist Period, without a right to terminate the contract earlier or to continue it later.

Chart 1: Disparity of the Benefits and Opportunities in the Ukrainian Army

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    A military unit is different from the civil team or a group where the “storming phase” is implicit. After the “storming phase,” comes the norming stage. For example, the entrants at 18 can skip the mandatory 1.5 years of military service receiving the highest benefits referred to as 100%. 

    At the same time, the Ukrainian Army discriminates the mature people with the several university educations, army service history and the flagship experience in one of the fields by entirely cutting off the pension expectations, social, term selecting, career, and salary benefits. To be noted that for some professional army entrants after 40 – 50, the salary is not the element of enrichment as they can earn the equal or higher amount throughout their civilian jobs.

    By encouraging, the social loafing of the younger generation the State of Ukraine is participating in the social loafing itself. The pinnacle and the result of this phenomenon are the age discrimination of the qualified military service entrants after 50 years old. The new army units need a synergy when the two men can produce the better result than of each of them separately; the adage "too many cooks spoil the broth" comes true here. The social loafing of the military agencies and populism in the civil agencies account for the situation, leading to the degenerative phenomenon in Ukrainian society resulting in a formula 1+1=0.

Reference

Mind Tools Editorial Team. (n.d.). Understanding the Stages of Team Formation. Retrieved from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_86.htm

Yaresko, N. (Jan 27, 2016). The Monetary Supply of the Military Servicemen in Ukraine. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=944803982255537&id=749479271788010


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