SUPERVISOR OR DICTATOR: DO YOU NEED TO BE A TOUGH EMPLOYER

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“Who do you prefer to work for in life?”


We have all worked for them, and can’t stand to be around them. They are supervisors on jobs who you live to hate. They are the overbearing types that push and push and push until you do something or say something you regret. They don’t have much power in their own lives, so having a say over you is worth coming to work for them. But I have to ask the question, Do you really have to be hated to be respected on a job? Do you have to carry a big stick in order to grab people’s attention? My answer is no, you don’t have to be the dictator in order to get people to listen. So why are there people like this on the job?

Like I said before, for starters, they are people who don’t get respect in their daily lives outside of work. So when they get on the job, they can be some of the hardest people to work for. Not receiving respect in your daily life in society makes you resent. But most of all, these types of people who don’t get respect know people who do. And if you are someone that get respect easily, and you work for someone that don’t, they can sense it. And they will make your life hell because you remind them of how much they don’t get it. You will also remind them of the people in society that they want respect from and don’ get it.

See, you don’t have to be the dictator to get people to listen. One of the ways to get people to listen is connect to your employees. This task is easily accomplished when you are a good communicator. But most of all, the people who work for you will be able to read that you are a good communicator. So you won’t have to be the dictator type because you know what people need and they know what you expect from them. But, are there other reasons as to why employers may be the dictator? What about the physicality of the person in charge or their gender?

Physicality can play a role in the type of supervisor you’re going to get. At times, you notice men who are less attractive and shorter, I’ve noticed can be tough. Well, how so, how does this play a factor in the way they supervise? Being in the midst of more physical alpha males, you see this Napoleon complex where they might be tougher on you than anyone else. Or if they see people naturally connect to you because you look a certain way. As far as gender, women and men have different styles of supervising. I have had either very friendly or very rude women I have worked for. The very tough feel they have to be because since they are a woman people feel they can walk over them. And the very friendly act this way because they don’t want to come off as too aggressive.

In the end, working for an employer can be either an enjoyable or depressing work environment. Now, for the chosen few who work for themselves and are able to elude this, consider yourselves lucky. Then again, if you are your own boss, chances are, you have employees. So it may be you who is the intolerable employer.


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THERE’S JOBS, YOU’RE JUST NOT QUALIFIED

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“Where do I begin to look?”


In the United States today, the topic of job creation has been such an issue it was an indicator into Trump becoming president. But do we really have a job problem like we think we do in America? Or, is it the fact that the news plays it up like it’s this major cause for concern? To me, America is a $17 trillion economy, if we had this major job problem, why haven’t we taken a drastic dip in GDP? Another theory I came up with is that we don’t have issues with people finding work. But more so we have an issue with two areas: lack of qualifications and lack of direction. No one has skills or directions where they want to go in life.

The most obvious is the qualifications of the people seeking employment. A lot of Americans don’t have the skills to find a job. And what I mean by skills, I mean the know how to do the job. Everyone want someone to show them how to do something rather than go out into the world and do it themselves. And the reason people need to be shown is because they work their day jobs, and go home. They don’t learn any other discernible skill, just working. Then when they are deemed unemployable they become frustrated. It’s the content mind-frame that makes us irrelevant in society. We just think that because we get a check this week it will be there next week.

People are not used to sitting at home learning a skill that can help them gain an edge while they are out of work. They say stuff like, “I’m tired.” “That new stuff is too advanced for me to learn.” “I don’t have the money to learn.” All three of these responses are realistic issues, but society does not care. People are not the least concerned with your ability to grow in the world. If you are not willing to get up and carve out a life for yourself, you just won’t have it. So this leads me into my next reason why people have a hard time finding a job. They say I need a job, but what does having a job truly mean to you? They lack any real direction in where they want to be in life.

Working a job at McDonald’s is a job, but people say that McDonald’s does not pay. Well you said you wanted a job. Then they look at you like you’re crazy. Like you’re supposed to know what they mean by a job. Why do people say they need a job because they have no real direction in life. They say a job and employment, but there is nothing to say to that. I don’t know your skills or qualifications. I don’t know what motivates you. So people say, that they want to make good money. But what is good money? As you can see, this is yet another reason why it’s hard to hire a lot of people. They say they need something, yet have no clue as to what it is they need. And then they expect you to know what they need.

In the end, American citizens looking for work are like crying infants where you don’t know why the infant is crying. Then when you ask, they can’t respond because they can’t talk. It’s like this, but the adult can talk, yet can’t communicate what they need or want. So now you’re stuck with a group who have no clue why they wake up everyday, but want you to give them purpose. The fact of the matter is that you give yourself purpose. If you don’t have a job, it’s not Trump or the market. The market is what the market is, Trump is who he is; the fault will inevitably be you. You and your lack of preparation.

LIFE’S REAL: THE STRUGGLE OF FINDING JOBS FOR TODAY’S YOUNG GENERATION

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“The tough times of a generation.”

You grow up and are taught in your life to get your education. Once you do get a degree, you get a job. Work five days per week until you’re 65 years of age, then retire until death. But since the 2008 economic meltdown, there has been a lot of adjustments. One of the adjustments is working less hours for less pay. Fewer opportunities and healthcare not available to you via your employer. But this is effecting no one more than the millennial generation. I, myself, am a member of this age group and let me tell it’s tough. But even though we are known as a generation that expects everything for nothing, the majority of us are not necessarily that way.

We are not dealing with the same playing field as our parents. I never thought the day would come where working part-time is commonplace. You feel lazy and unproductive, even when you’re a hard working male or female. It seems as if all your effort is never good enough. But is it all your fault or the society where we reside? In my opinion it is a combination of both us and the system. To what degree, I am unsure, but it’s both.

How is the society where we live? Well for starters, over the years, more and more jobs have been shipped outside the country. And with that are the opportunities for a younger up and coming generation. Financially for a company it makes sense to pay a foreigner $3 per hour instead of $30 for you and I. The only problem is that company’s expect American’s to fork over money for products and services. This creates a bind because if we are struggling as a country economically, then how do we really contribute? This has been a platform that the president elect Trump has campaigned for; job creation.

Now there is a keyword that we keep hearing; jobs. People say, we need more jobs. There are not enough jobs for young people trying to climb the socioeconomic ladder like there predecessors. But I ask, what is a job really? When you say, I need a job, what do you mean? Working fast food is a job, but it does not pay well. Some may say, they want good money. But once again, what does that mean; what is good money. Which brings me to another reason why my generation has it hard; no direction. Saying I want a good paying job making good  money is broad and ambiguous. It is not directed at any real goal. What job title, what salary range, what city, what benefits, what growth opportunities?

Now, what are the reasons we bring this hard life upon ourselves as a generation? We millennials, spend so much of our time having fun and not preparing for anything. But a major issue with our generation is that we are growing up in a now society. Anything we want we can click and get it instantly. But careers are not instant gratifiers. The road to success through your career is long and arduous. Gratification comes through years of labor day in and day out. It’s hard to reap the benefits when you want so much now.

So, in closing, we look at our lives and have fear about our futures. Fears about what’s to come, and the idea of not knowing is stressful. So many people who at my age would be on their own, still live in the house with their parents. Today’s parents never thought their children would be living at home at the age of thirty. But because of slim opportunities they’re back home. But is it all because of job lose, maybe, just maybe it’s skills. We have so many unqualified people, it makes the job hunt seem tougher than it really is. Whatever the case may be, if this trend continues, younger generations will be having fewer children and even fewer property owners will exist.