Are you suggesting that the both the employer and the employee should be forced to continue a relationship they don't want
... or that only the employer should be forced to, but the employee can do whatever they want.
Well, this might seem really weird to you, but the second scenario is how it works in pretty much every country in Europe. "At will" employment contracts are largely illegal.
The employer can't get rid of you unless one of these is the case:
- You have committed gross misconduct
- You have committed a series of acts of lesser misconduct, which have all been documented through the agreed grievance procedure
- Your position is redundant
Note that in the last case, you won't be required to train your replacement, because it's your position which is being made redundant, not you.
For their part, employees have to work their notice period, which for some difficult-to-recruit positions can be as long as six months.
Note that Germany has some of the strongest laws on employee rights, and also is one of the most productive countries in Europe. Germany is also the third largest exporter in the world, only slightly behind the USA (not bad for a country with a quarter of the population and a fraction of the natural resources). I'm not saying there's a cause and effect, but I am saying that productivity and employee rights can co-exist.
I get it. You think that everyone who starts a business is suddenly a slave to the state, and to anyone that wants a paycheck from them. You're exactly the sort of entitled, lazy bum that's chasing businesses and jobs out of the country.
No, it's the ruthless and uncontrolled search for profits that are chasing businesses and jobs out of the country. Businesses are not motivated by enforcing some idealist "protestant work ethic". It's all about the money. US workers cannot compete with Indian workers: they don't have access to their cost of living, for one thing.
If an employer wants loyalty from employees, they only need pay them a fair rate for the job and provide decent conditions and the employees will stay.
If an employee wants loyalty from an employer in the US, they're shit out of luck.