Shivon: This bad economy is really taking its toll.
Lex: Tell me about it! My company has already laid off 20% of its workforce, and now the management is talking about cutting salaries. It goes without saying that there won’t be any bonuses this year.
Shivon: What are you complaining about? At least you still have a job. Try working as a freelancer. I’ve had to cut my hourly rate to compete with all of the people flooding the job market.
Lex: At least you’re still able to pick and choose your clients. I have to do what my bosses tell me, no matter what. If they say I have to work overtime, that’s what I have to do. I don’t even get compensated for it! You can bill by the hour.
Shivon: What’s the good of billing by the hour if I don’t have any clients? You don’t know how good you have it. I don’t want to hear another word until you walk a mile in my shoes!
take its toll 造成损失
lay off 解雇
it goes without saying 不用说
bonus n. 奖金
hourly rate 每小时的花费
pick and choose 挑选
overtime n. 加班
compensate v. 补偿
bill by the hour 按小时付费
walk a mile in my shoes 处在我的位置能维持下去