Ed-vise: Employee Care

A firetruck passing GOOD MORNING!!! to you all! Yup, on forward ambulation, a firetruck comes by with lights on! No sirens though. Which, I’m sure made the neighborhood happy. Nothing like getting woke up to the sound of emergency responder sirens!

Free For All Friday Ed-vise today. Cause it’s FRIDAY! Off to Chico for some Jits today though!

These days, the unions are a buzzin’!

Starbucks, Amazon, Amy’s Kitchen and now Petco employees are unionizing. Petco? Really? Yup, even Petco.

Recently the economy avoided a MAJOR catastrophe by getting an agreement between the rail road unions and rail corporations. THAT would have been a huge mess if the union went on strike. It would have literally shut down the transportation of goods in this nation. Not good.

This union activity has a single common thread that ALL companies need to take note of: Employees not taken care of.

It’s a simple formula people: take care of your employees and they will take care of you. You being the owners, presidents, CEOs and/or shareholders.

The railroad companies didn’t want to take care of their employees. Made huge profits by cutting back on the workforce and driving them into the ground. If you worked for the railroad you had no life other than the railroad. Sick time and vacation was available. At least on paper. Take it and you weren’t going to have a job on your return. Too bad.

Rail companies have been making record profits year over year over year. They pay great stock dividends and Warren Buffet loves them. They pay the executives huge amounts of money. Then they have the audacity to say that the employees do NOT contribute to the bottom line.

All the companies above that are wrestling with unionizing have similar stories. Huge profits, great stock performance and buy backs, huge paychecks for the C-suite folks…stagnant and low wages for the employees.

If any of these CEOs read their history books they would know that big profits not shared with the employees ALWAYS led to unions.

Look, people like to work. You as a business owner might not like how they work, but, overall, people want to work. It’s an inherent thing I guess. Or, they at least want to do something. If a person comes to you for a job, they are giving you (business owner) the one most precious thing they have: their time. They are exchanging their time for what you will pay them. If you do not appreciate their time, they will go somewhere else. If you do appreciate their time then take care of them. Your employee is your most valuable resource. Take care of them and they will take care of you.

I’m just saying

That’s it for today. Take care of yourselves. Check in on each other and remember you call a moose with no name…ANON-A-MOOSE! HAHHAHAHAHHA…snort!


Published by edhlaw

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