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The Job Paradox

The USA is in a paradoxical position. Workers cannot get jobs and employers cannot find workers to fill positions. What has happened? It started some time ago when companies started laying off their workers when they did not need them temporarily. They would even fire people who had put in 30 years service. Often they would move the jobs offshore, so the jobs never came back. In other words, the companies lost their loyalty to their workers and disowned the traditional Japanese-like responsibility for the welfare of the workers. The workers then conversely lost their loyalty to companies. They no longer expected to spend their working life working for one company. So workers started leaving for better jobs tempted by only a small incentive. Previously, when an employee was permanent, it made sense for the company to invest in his continuing education or on-the-job training. But when an employee might leave at any moment, that investment stopped. Logically, recruiters demanded new workers who were 100% pre-trained with both the necessary education and on-the-job training since there was no budget for bringing them up to speed. (You see the ads for computer analysts demanding 7 years proficiency in 5 obscure software packages, 2 of which were released less than 3 years ago.) But because the work place is changing so quickly and because employers are no longer investing in education and because recruiters want pre-trained, not just capable workers, recruiters are rejecting tens of thousands of otherwise suitable applicants. The solution: almost mandatory ongoing training funded by the worker, employer and government that lets an almost-prefect applicant come up to speed for a specific job, with guaranteed acceptance for the job on successful completion of the training.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
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Even the nastiest cancer is only 1/100 as scary as being assigned Christians to care for me in palliative care. With the best of intentions, they would drag my life out as long as possible to maximise my suffering which their deity relishes.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
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