Keys To Taking Care Of Business

Tuesday Conversation

taking care of your business“Shoes alone know if stocking hab hole.” That is the Thought this week and it comes against the background of developments and changes in employer/employee relationships that came to my attention this past week. Hearing the stories, the importance of being sensitive to others as we have no real clue about what challenges they are going through was reinforced. It was also a reminder to take care of your own business as no one else will.

Since last week, Tuesday Thought with Claudette began posting here as well as on my Facebook page. It is a 3-5 minute video that highlights and explains a Jamaican proverb or saying. How the particular proverb applies to contemporary living is discussed and practical ways to incorporate the basic theory in our daily lives are suggested.

This Business Of Layoffs

As the economy in Alberta tightens with the falling oil prices, there is a glut of potential employees on the market. Thousands have been laid off in the oil sector and are now seeking employment outside of that sector. The impact of this is that more people are applying for social supports and there is an increase in the number of applicants for a single job.

layoffsSome employers are having a field day with this, using the seeming decrease in viable options for those in their employ as basis to demand much more of them at the same rate of pay. “You should be happy that you have a job,” “You are lucky not to be out there looking for work as there aren’t many jobs,” are some of the taunts, yes taunts disguised as pep talk many employees are hearing these days. But what some of these employers are willfully ignoring is that a great number of their staff was already having a hard time long before the economy took a nosedive.

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Many workers are struggling to make ends meet. Some were merely staying afloat, waiting and hoping that there would be an upcoming increase in their basic pay. As more and more duties were piled on an already heavy load, they were anticipating a little more on their cheques – even just enough to stitch the hole in their socks if not buy a new one.

Alas, for many that is not to happen.Β  So what next is the question many are left asking. Watch this Tuesday Thought on for a full explanation and some tips on taking care of business as we ride out this storm:

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41 thoughts on “Keys To Taking Care Of Business

  1. Sorry to hear about the layoffs. I’m so thankful my husband has a good job and I’m able to work on my blog full time.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, indeed you have much to be thankful for and I can see that you are. Namaste. πŸ™‚

  2. I had no idea gas prices had such a big impact on jobs. certainly an eye opener.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It most certainly does! It seems gas prices moving in any direction affects everything…go figure! Thanks for you visit and comment Anosa. πŸ™‚

  3. I had such a bad experience working for a big corporate. Got promoted, more work but same paycheck

    1. Ms Claudette

      I hear you! So few are actively compensating their employees in a “fair” way, offering wages that reflect the true value of the work they put in.

  4. Life has a way of knocking us off our feet at times, many times this is exactly when we realize who we are and what we are made of. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are so right and so welcomed! πŸ™‚

  5. […] collected buy-in to the notion that what we are seeing is the “truth.” Specifically, in a recent post I shared the economic impact that the drop in oil prices is having here in Alberta, Canada and in […]

  6. I didn’t realize it affects market from that side! But whatever happens, it’s best to accept what we cannot change and change things we cannot accept!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is really best to accept what we cannot change and change what we can – which is usually our minds and our ways. Thanks for the visit and comment! πŸ™‚

  7. Wow I was not aware of how gas prices affect people. I didn’t realize people were laid off when the prices dropped. My husband works with the weather so if its too cold, snow, or raining 9 out of 10 he is laid off and it does impact a lot on our family. My heart and prayers go out to those families are are struggle during this time.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is affecting us here in Alberta – a lot – being an oil based economy. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. Namaste.

  8. I enjoyed watching your video. I love your quote, take care of your business when you see changes. TRUTH!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you, your visit and comment is most appreciated! πŸ™‚ Please visit again.

  9. Sorry to hear about the layoffs. This really reminds me of how happy I am not to work in the corporate world anymore.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I can just imagine your sense of freedom and happiness! Not all of us are there yet so we just have to find our way through these times. Thanks Erica for dropping by! πŸ™‚

  10. Love the idea of being content with what you have and learning to adjust to changes!

  11. That’s so terrible that employers would take advantage of this situation like that. Being from BC I know a lot of those people that were laid off and it’s going to be hard for them to get a job in the first place – they don’t need to be bullied once they get there.

  12. dltolley

    So many out of work in this recent downturn. Three of our family breadwinners have lost their jobs or taken a pay cut. They have had to leave families to go where the work is. So many sacrifices.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Dianne, I am personally experiencing this now and it is not an easy road but one that we have to trod!

  13. It’s unfortunate that everything always has a cause and effect attached to it and I’m grateful everyday for having what I have and being happy. Not many people can say that whether they live in a mansion or an apartment. It’s about taking stalk of where we are today and being grateful for everything that comes our way.

    1. Ms Claudette

      And another Amen! You said it right Rocio! πŸ™‚

  14. We need to mind our own business. We only have one income or the moment, but we are still lucky that we have an income and we manage.

    1. Ms Claudette

      When the going get rough, the tough have to keep moving! πŸ™‚

  15. You know, I had no idea that when oil prices drop it affects an economy somewhere like this; because the effect on my economy is positive. I recognized that it had an equal negative effect somewhere – but I thought that meant that oil conglomerates where taking less greed in leaching money from consumers. Now I see from your post that instead of this happening the decrease in oil cost passes right down to the lower to middle class. What a world we live in! Thank you for sharing this enlightening information.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are correct on all counts. The price was bloated, and the “correction” is having a ‘negative’ impact on workers. And you are doubly right that it is the lower/middle class that is feeling it most. People who were already challenged are even more challenged now and if the reports are to be believed, it will get worse before it gets better. Thanks for your visit and comment Elizabeth! πŸ™‚

  16. I’m glad I have what I need, even if I may not have what I want. Having a roof over my head and food on the table and love in my heart is what matters.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that! πŸ™‚

  17. Owning one’s own business needs a lot of patience, hardwork and perseverance. One of the great posts.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I have often thought that owning a business is one of the hardest jobs around! Thanks for your visit! πŸ™‚

  18. of course we all want to pay less for gas but when we think about how that affects job loss it doesn’t feel so great. it’s hard to try to start over and not everyone will be able to find a new job and some won’t find new jobs that pay as much. asking whats next is something too many people in these situations have in common

    1. Ms Claudette

      Balance, is it impossible to find a balance? From personal experience I know that it is hard to start over but it can be done. Many will be faced with that and let us hope that they grow through it. Thanks for your comment Michelle! πŸ™‚

  19. Elizabeth O.

    I don’t think it’s easy on both the employer and the employees. But it’s important to work on it together. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!

  20. I am thankful that my husband works for the city and it is a good job. The pay is ok but is is hard to be fired.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Those are great jobs in terms of income security. It’s hard to get a city job here where I live. Thanks for sharing that Tara! πŸ™‚

  21. I feel very fortunate that my husband has a well paying job that allows me to stay home with my son. I know we are very lucky in that respect, as the job market is rough right now! We do all we can to save everything we can, because you just never know!

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is wonderful Shannon and must give you peace of mind. Yes, regardless of your good fortunes, it always makes sense to spend wisely. Thanks for sharing that. πŸ™‚

  22. So true people need to mind their own business. Sometime we think our problem is worse and it is not. Glad to have a job can pay these bills not many people can say that great story!

    1. Ms Claudette

      That is true, however, that is not the point of this post. Your other points are more relevant to this conversations which is how to take care of your business in times of recession. Yes, the grass often looks greener on other side. Thanks Patrice for dropping by! πŸ™‚

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