Business leaders urge leaders to facilitate workforce collaboration
America’s job market is at a crossroads. It’s being squeezed by changing demographics and digital natives, many of whom are leaving their parents’ jobs to go into the work world. There are over 4 million fewer good full-time jobs today than there were a decade ago, and one-third of the workforce was unemployed in August, up from 14 percent in 2010. These statistics signify that our collective jobs may be in jeopardy—or, at the very least, jobs are not growing as fast as they once did.
While there are many explanations for this shift—including increased consumer choice, the lack of regulations in some industries, and a perceived lack of safety in some trades—it may also be, perhaps, a lack of positive social relationships between employers and employees. Looking at life in traditional manufacturing is not any better, as all the companies in our area recently closed their doors, leaving behind mainly ghost towns and flatbed trailers, some covered with graffiti. Sadly, it’s not a stretch to assume that this lack of workplace bonds is having an impact on our collective productivity.