Productive workers put brakes on hiring

  • Article by: ADAM BELZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 11:20 PM

Technology is helping industry to make more with fewer people.

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dsdavisSep. 1, 1211:16 PM

Productivity improvements have been a problem for underskilled workers since the Industrial Revolution began, probably before. So, why are we are still whining about it. Our valueless society and educational efforts are turning out an epidemic of underskilled people. Yet we continue to encourage our young to claim entitlements to wealth and status as they spend their youth pursuing social networks and text messages instead of turning them toward skilled endeavors and productive lives. Employers need employees to grow their businesses. However, they can no longer afford to teach high school math and critical thinking to college graduates who show up for interviews with "attitudes" instead of marketable skills. If you want to know who can turn this around, look in the mirror, then mentor, encourage, followup and demand focus and classical thought development in the young people around you. Blaming productive workers and technology is so twentieth century!

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furguson11Sep. 2, 12 6:04 AM

Note the other article today about cows milking themselves in Stearns County. Or parking ramps without attendants, self-service checkouts or even a reduction middle management. Without salable skills, you're toast. And business doesn't invest in training. We need to figure out some way for people to self-train and certify for needed skillsets without it costing an arm and a leg for a college degree.

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dsetnicker46Sep. 2, 12 6:10 AM

We are more and will always be more productive through reproduction than through the efficiencies of production. We've got the first method down...no binary involved. Efficient industrial productivity will never create enough jobs to keep with up with the reproduction of well educated workers let alone unskilled workers. The only way to narrow the gap is Made in the USA, a predominantly self contained model, where R&D, manufacturing, raw material resource all remain here. Globalization sounded good but it's bankrupting the middle class and the country but it's making the 1% richer.

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mh1982Sep. 2, 12 6:43 AM

Neo-Luddism?

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chavistaSep. 2, 12 8:05 AM

I didn't see the paragraph in this article stating that regulations, taxes, and Obamacare were holding back employment. Must have missed it!

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choochoo12Sep. 2, 12 8:18 AM

Nonsense! This is just more "everybody and everything to blame but Obama". The FACT is that companies ARE creating jobs--they are creating them overseas to get away from the Democratic Party. Apple Computer does almost all its manufacturing overseas, despite its former CEO Steve Jobs being a huge Democrat donor. 3M has added THOUSANDS of jobs overseas, but very few in America. Meanwhile, Democrats are running MASSIVE $1.3 TRILLION annual budget deficits--and soon to rise with Obamacare spending--and constantly demanding tax increases on the productive (non-lazy) segment of our society. Is it no wonder businesses are fleeing America to get away from the Democratic Party?

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beebee82Sep. 2, 12 8:22 AM

"And business doesn't invest in training. We need to figure out some way for people to self-train and certify for needed skillsets without it costing an arm and a leg for a college degree."

I believe you figured out the problem by your first observation. We need more businesses to step up and help train the workforce in the skills it claims are lacking. Remember the days of on-the-job training? The days when employers would pay for continued education? Those days have been replaced by the ever increasing role of free labor (internships) and demanding that colleges pump out ready-made worker bees with industry-specific educations paid for by students and taxpayers rather than the businesses that stand to benefit the most.

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capsule2Sep. 2, 12 8:40 AM

Isn't this all due to the capitalistic model? And this model leads the rich to get richer and greedier at the expense of the middle class and the poor. Countries where this has happened have gone into revolution and turmoil. We've all seen this throughout history, yet we feel it could never happen here. But "we are a nation of laws" and thus it could never happen here. Look at the international laws the U.S. has broken during the past, in our actions to other countries all in the name of "national interests" which of course is code for OIL and the rich. And the habeus corpus laws broken here within our own borders. Everything happening here in the good ol' U.S. of A. is geared to protecting the rich. Look at "Citizens United." Protecting the rich corporations. Cameras photographing license plates. Cell phones showing your whereabouts. Credit cards showing where you've been. Names and addresses being sold by even the DMV of your state. Voters being disenfranchised. Where does it all end.

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pitythefoolsSep. 2, 12 8:49 AM

Mid 20th century science fiction writers imagined all this technology almost exactly. The only difference is that the benefits of the technology were usually assumed to be realized by everyone. Remember the 1970's when there were predictions of 3 and 4 day work weeks, due to technology? When people would choose to do work they enjoy rather than any work they can find? What got missed was human greed, trickle up economic policy, and the inherent fact of capitalism that money chases money to the wealthy. The benefits which we all should enjoy instead are being realized by the 1%, while the 99% see their quality of life declining.

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pitythefoolsSep. 2, 12 8:54 AM

choochoo12: "constantly demanding tax increases on the productive (non-lazy) segment of our society. Is it no wonder businesses are fleeing America to get away from the Democratic Party?"

Are you talking about the 75% of "productive" corporations that pay no federal taxes? Businesses are not fleeing America. Note that their headquarters remain in the US, where they enjoy the benefits of military and police protection, an educated workforce, infrastructure such as roads, airports and trains, and a comparatively civil, peaceful society. All without having to pay for it.

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