Regardless, I seem to be holding up pretty well; I’ve done all of the ‘extra’ studying I’m going to do in my profession, I follow a number of HR/Labor/Employment emails/BLOGS/newsletters on a regular basis, I’m about as informed as someone of my experience in the HR profession can be (probably a tad bit more so since I’ve had a number of experiences as a consultant/contractor that the average HR professional has not had) and I continue to utilize my HR training in my everyday life…it works about as well as it does in the workplace…which means, not always!
Between two (2) Presidential administrations that are more diverse than any in our nation’s history and the blatant partisan sentiment that permeates this country, there are so very many HR issues that are confusing: employment related health care, employment visas, FSLA (Federal Standard Labor Act) overtime laws (to whom do these now apply?), trade issues and not even detailing the effect the new tax law has on all of us, etc.
There have been a few periods since I began my business and since I started the BLOG that I’ve been ‘out of commission’…illness, family/personal issues/emergencies and other issues that have arisen that have certainly taken precedence and priority over what I write on these ‘pages’, however, I have always felt that one’s work environment needs to be ‘healthy’ and content with challenges…and, if not, then one needs other outlets in life that take the place of the contentment/challenge of, what I perceive to be a ‘necessary’ healthy work environment. I’ve written about these issues a number of times and I continually go back to them for, to me, happiness in what one ‘does’, is what it is all about.
I’ve certainly not always had the work happiness…as an employee or as a contractor…I could count on a few fingers the number of employers I’ve had that were overall honest, considerate, professional, caring and progressive…and I’m including a major pharma company in there as well as a small health care staffing organization…both of which would not meet the criteria of a ‘healthy’ work environment for me and many of their employees. However, with the pharma, we were all making lots of money so one tends to ‘dismiss’ the dishonest corruption that enveloped the organization (the Federal government didn’t but the fines imposed on the company were a drop in the bucket to the company…milliions, millions) and with the health care staffing organization, the work environment was so toxic that a number of us would call each other or personal email each other on Sunday evenings because we dreaded an interface with the seriously challenged owner on each respective Monday…
I was recently offered a full time position… in an office for 8 hours daily doing some important but routine HR work for a ‘start-up’ with 100 employees. I turned it down; would have loved it to be ‘part time’ and did make that request but the organization needs a full time person and I agree. I’ve offered my consulting services but I think they are a little upset that I went through the interview process and did not accept the position.
Another issue to look at is the slight, albeit, temporary jump in rural employment in 2017. Most of our job growth in this country was in the 52 metropolitan areas (where it usually is); normally, rural America has stagnant or negative job growth…not so in 2017. The job growth in rural America went from 12.2% of the nation’s job growth to 16.4% of the job growth. This is a ‘biggie’ and a positive for Trump, even though the economy was heading in this direction for the past eight (8) years…Please note the word ‘temporary’ in the first sentence of this paragraph…
The nation’s employment growth remained mostly a big-city affair in 2017, with nearly 2/3’s – 64.2% - of the nation’s job growth taking place in the 52 metro areas with more than 1 million residents and another 14.7% of the nation’s growth occurring in the middle-sized city regions.
The rural uptick ensured a rural gain of over 320,000 jobs, with a surge in the second half of the year. This means that in 2017, only rural areas generated a larger share of the nation’s job growth than their starting job base would have predicted. In short, at least one (1) portion of Trump’s America finally won a little during his first year in office, which is good news for America’s troubled rural communities. This is a positive no matter what one’s political persuasion may be…
A Happy Birthday to the Peace Corps is appropriate. I could not begin to tell you of the daunting respect I have for anyone who has served in the Peace Corps…yes, there are other organizations/groups that serve us global citizens but as an American, it is the Peace Corps that reigns supreme in my mind and heart.
Having lived on four (4) continents (have I begun a BLOG with those words before) I have many memories of life experiencing other cultures….memories of two (2) individuals stand out so vividly; it is as if they have not ever faded. One is while I was living in Brazil and I had the fortune to get to know an American woman who was living in Asuncion, Paraguay. We became good friends for a number of years. Even though I was teaching school in SaoPaulo, I envied her what she did on a regular basis and her ability to do it. She left Asuncion each day via bus and went into the fields/forests to work with members of local tribes teaching them sanitary/healthcare habits, nutrition, maternity/neo-natal needs, etc. When her assignment was up and she was to return to the States, she took a bus from Asuncion to Lubbock, Texas, her home. She later married a man from Denmark, moved there, raised a few sons and became a Chairwoman for Amnesty International. One of the ‘admired’ from my perspective and I feel fortunate to have met women like her.
Another woman that I admired from the Peace Corps, I met while living in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. I lived in a protected ‘compound’ with a very large/high stone wall topped with glass/wire, guards at the gate and guards in front of each dwelling within the compound. We had a generator that needed to turn on daily since we lost power on a regular basis. She lived in a small ‘cabin/cottage’ outside the walls of the compound with four (4) other Peace Corps/United Nations volunteers. We met at an outdoor market and we became fast friends; I offered for her to come visit whenever she needed amenities that were not regularly available to her. She had a Bachelors Degree in Agronomy and she was in Nigeria to teach the Nigerians the best use of their land for food consumption. We left Nigeria before she did but I think of her often and I still see her face at my door wanting to come in for food or a shower…
Conservatives spend a good time laughing about or putting down Liberals but it is the Liberals that see to it that the average person in the world is taken care of…whether personally or professionally....not just militarily…there are many ways to keep citizens ‘safe’. I am strongly in favor or spending monies on a good defense; September 11, 2001 convinced me of that but there are so many other ways that citizens can be protected. We need to make sure that more monies are being spread around to insure a more egalitarian society than the one we have fallen into at this point in time.
Again, I apologize to my ‘followers’ that I haven’t written for a while. I have had some personal/family issues that have absorbed a good deal of my time and they have me doing some overall reflecting. I love reading and writing about Human Resources and I will try to be more diligent in my timeliness.
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