Workplace Wednesday: Empathy Exercise

If you are currently employed, congratulations.  If you are currently employed in a career appropriate position, double congratulations.  If you are currently employed in a career appropriate situation and have been consistently for the past six years, I am guessing you are not in the United States.

Much has been made of the struggles in this latest economic downturn of re-employing those who are out of work.  Questions are raised as to whether people really want to work if they are not working, whether they have basic work skills.

Please HR, Hiring Managers and employed workforce generally:  Leave us not be silly, cruel or obnoxious.  How many people between the ages of 20 and 60 do you seriously know who do not want a job?  How many people between the ages of 20 and 60 have you ever known who didn’t want a job?

You know, there is an old phrase, “There but for the grace of God stand I.”  If you haven’t been unemployed in recent times, I really do think you are lucky.  Find a way to own that and let it guide your interactions with people who are job searching. Think about how you might feel if the tables were turned.  Simply telling every unemployed person who crosses your path to go back to school, take a job in Sudan or go work at a gas station without bothering to talk to them, listen to them or look at a resume is pretty cold, actually.

I’m less convinced than others that the current economic situation is going to turn around any time soon. So, maybe if you can’t find it in yourself to project what it would be like on the other side, then maybe life will put you there.  Who knows.

Karma, Baby, Karma . . . .

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About missbodie

The Dragon Lady is a life long tea drinker. Her first coffee shops were Big Boy and the Oriental Diner in downtown Milwaukee. She lives in our Nation's Capital with three bicycles and an energetic tabby cat.
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