Work and Employment
Research shows that work is good for us. Most people who describe themselves as happy also tend to work.
- Work can help give us a purpose in life.
- Work can help us feel productive and helpful
- Work can help us have a good standard of living and be able to care for others.
- Research shows that most people want to work and will work with proper training and coaching.
What do I propose?
We should do the following:
- Ensure equal pay for equal work.
- Ensure livable wages.
- Ensure a safe work environment.
- Ensure workers have access to affordable health care.
- Ensure workers are able to negotiate for fair wages and acceptable work conditions.
- Provide support as people retrain.
- Recognize the dignity of workers and the work they do.
- Recognize that college is not for everyone and provide solid training, such as professional/technical programs and apprenticeships, for those who choose to go a different direction.
Recognize that most Americans will change their jobs or careers more than ten times during their lifetime.
- Teach people to prepare for such inevitable changes.
- Provide affordable and accessible training and education for new jobs.
Since many new jobs are not predictable because of changing technology and needs, we should ensure our students and people retraining have the following skills:
- Solid education in basic skills.
- Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and associated skills.
- Critical thinking skills
- The ability to be a lifelong learner
Set an example and teach the following skills to our children and to others later in their life if need be:
- To be punctual
- To manage time
- To be honest
- To set effective short term and long term goals
- To work hard