There have been a number of articles lately addressing the plight of American workers. Whether they work for big corporations or small businesses, U.S. workers seem to be under siege. And though we’re now employers and not employees, this situation will at some point affect most of our businesses.
Do you agree or disagree with this quote from an article in The Los Angeles Times: “Businesses are asking employees to work harder without providing the kinds of rewards, financial and psychological, that were once routine. Employers figure that if some people quit, there are plenty of others looking for jobs.”?
That may well be the case, there are plenty of people looking for work. But if this is now business as usual, there’s going to be an endless cycle of hiring and training of new employees, which is going to take a toll on your revenues and profits. And on a broader scale when wage earners work harder and make less, they’re not going to be spending their money in your restaurants, at your shops or on your websites.
The “Golden Rule” is a good barometer here. Shouldn’t we all be treating our workers the way we’d want to be treated if we were in their shoes (as most of us once were)?