Today is Blog Action Day, and the goal is to raise awareness of the crushing burden of poverty in America.Laurie points out that the best way to avoid poverty is to create an employment marketplace that is fair, competitive, and offers incentives for workers to learn & grow throughout their careers.
I agree with her.
I also think that those people in leadership positions often forget a key lesson: It's not just your part of the economy that is entitled to prosper,
No one or thing is entitled. We all need to work together to prosper. Not blame each other. Not use discord to force compliance.
We need all parties involved in work/employment to value their partners, not just consider human beings as assets.
Similar to Laurie's point, but from a slight different direction, I think the biggest single thing that can happen is for employers to establish credible and ethical cultures that do more that value human resources with a mention in the annual report, and as a bullet point on a web site.
There are many companies that do this today. Many are being challenged by economic circumstances, just like us little dollar stretchers at home.
Rather than seeking groups or organizations that will protect us, we can all make a difference by ....doing the right thing.
As employers.. value your employees, pay them, give them the benefits you can afford, and make it a commitment of your business culture to do so because employees need this stuff,not just to survive, but to prosper.
Employees can recognize that their commitment to a job (while they are employed) is not just to get a check. Every associate is key to the growth and survival of the organization you belong to. You aren't entitled, you are being paid. Produce, act like you care, go the extra inch. At the end of the day, you are serving your own interests as well as those of the organization.
Nobody, individual, corporation, or labor organization is entitled. Ultimately, they all need the others to survive.
Work together! Do the Right Thing!