“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.
Some 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.
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. 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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