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Al’s Perspective

Published on January 22nd, 2019 by Alan L. Sklover

My View:

“Not Paying Employees is Both A Crime and a Sin.”

I don’t have any intention of getting involved in politics of any kind, and I don’t mean to take “sides” in the current debate over who is responsible for 800,000 federal employees working without pay, or being put on “furlough,” whatever that means. We are all responsible, and we all should be ashamed.

It is both a crime and a sin to not pay employees. It is just that simple, that important, and at least I must voice my anger and disdain for those who permit it to happen, and to continue to happen.

The great books of my faith say so. The laws of this country say so. Our values say so. The Golden Rule of every faith says so.

And, if the government does it with impunity, then I am more than confident that more employers will do so, as well.

I have both heard and read that our President has done business this way as a businessman his whole adult life. If true, well, then, we should have known better than to make him our Employer In Chief. Forget the politics; focus on the values, and this is a core value.

I tried to voice my opinion to The White House Comment Line, but it is shut down due to the Shut Down.

Fortunately, the Contact Info line for Senators and Congress People is up and running. It is (202) 225-3121.

I also urge you to email the President at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

What is taking place is wrong, very wrong. It will only get worse if we are silent. We should not permit such shameful and sinful behavior in our names.

Sorry for the “rant,” but Dignity at Work is what this blogsite stands for, and my life’s work, too. It is a core value, nothing less.

Feel free to forward this to others if you wish.

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Al’s Perspective

Published on July 11th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

“How the Aborigines Make It Rain.”

I have read that many people believe that a certain group of Aborigines in Australia can make it rain by dancing. And that one day, a city mayor requested their assistance during an urban drought.

Sure enough, they danced, and sure enough, it rained.

When the city mayor asked the tribal chief how they made it rain, the chief replied, “It’s very simple: we dance until it rains.”

Perseverance is the key to almost every success. Just keep dancing until it rains.

Just a thought I wanted to share, while I dance my own dance.

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Al’s Perspective

Published on March 30th, 2017 by Alan L. Sklover

“Doing a job well – no matter what the job, or whether it is appreciated – is a Higher Purpose, in itself.”

I don’t know if you have read any of the recently published articles on this topic, but the mortality rate among the U.S. population is rising. Said simply, more people are dying younger.

Demographers, statisticians and sociologists – those who measure these things – have put forth different theories for this phenomenon. Most highlight the three currently epidemic “diseases of despair”: drugs, alcohol, and suicide.

The question remains: why is there so much “pain” that so many are resorting to these “pain killers?” Perhaps the better question is “What ‘pain killers’ did people resort to in the past that did not cause such an epidemic of self-destruction and death?”

May I be so presumptuous to suggest my own answers to that fundamental question: purpose, connection and perspective, three “old fashioned” words that are not heard too often in these days of digital life, social media, world travel and overwhelming data.

Purpose, connection and perspective, these “pain killers for the soul” are without cost, readily available to all, in great need, but so very absent in so many lives. To my mind, this critical “deficiency” is what so often leads to the “diseases of despair” that are now killing so many that we refer to it as an “epidemic.”

Sure, drugs, drinking and suicide have always been with us, but not in the prevalence we see today. There is a true crisis out there, starting with a word not even known a decade ago: opioid.

And in saying this, I do not refer to the diminishing presence of organized religion in so many of our lives. That diminishing presence may, also, be less of a cause and a more of a symptom of the “diseases of despair.”

Purpose, connection and perspective are all available to each of us, if only we let them be, in all parts of our life – including that part of life at which we spend a good part of our daily lives – at work.

Purpose, connection and perspective are not only available at work, but also from work. Work that is wholehearted, work that is inclusive of others, and work that is not the “be-all-and-end-all,” but work from which we all make a “living.”

The “living” we make at our work can also be a “living” at we make from our work.

Despair need not enter or remain inside our lives, and will have little room to grow if it does sneak in, if only purpose, connection and perspective leave it no door to enter, and no room to remain.

Just a thought I’d like to share.

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Al’s Perspective

Published on October 15th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover

“The Maze and The Ladder.”

I recently came across a thought that I found helpful, and I wanted to share it with you.

A maze, by its nature, is a confusing, often anxiety-provoking experience. A maze presents us with a continual series of decisions. Should I go left? Should I go right? Should I proceed in the same direction? With each decision – or lack of decision – we can and often do become just more and more confused. And anxious.

Life, and particularly life at work, can often seem like a maze.

Imagine you are in a maze. Then imagine someone offers you a 40-foot ladder. If you are willing to climb up that ladder, even half way, you will see the maze from a different perspective.

That new perspective can enable you to focus on your eventual goal, and offer you new information regarding the “turns” to take to get to that goal. Climbing a ladder is, itself, a bit anxiety-provoking, but it will serve to keep you moving forward, with less confusion and anxiety, and greater likelihood of success.

Knowing your greater purpose in life, and continually reminding yourself of your deeply held values, is a “ladder” in a “maze” world.

Having faith in yourself, your loved ones’ support, and your own God will give you the courage to climb that “ladder,” even though you may be quite frightened of heights.

When I have shared this thought with others, the most common comment is “I like that. I really like that.”

I hope you like it, as well.

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Al’s Perspective

Published on May 14th, 2015 by Alan L. Sklover


“Is Better Treatment of Employees Good for Business Relations?”

Just this week Facebook Inc. notified all of its vendors that it would require them to treat the vendors’ employees better in matters of wages and benefits.

Minimum wages must be at least $15 per hour. In addition, Facebook is now requiring its vendors to give most of their employees at least 15 days off each year for holidays, sick leave and vacation. If vendors’ employees become parents, Facebook insists that they receive either paid parental leave or $4,000.

Sure, Facebook has the financial ability to absorb the additional expense these improvements will likely incur. But at least they make a strong statement, through their actions: we all benefit from fair, decent and respectful treatment of employees.

It seems that every day another employer reduces headcount, eliminates time off, and trims or eliminates benefits. The seemingly never-ending attempts to save every penny in employment–related costs is one that will, sooner or later, come back to haunt employers in any number of ways. Now there is one more way it can hurt them.

Now, Mark Zuckerberg, will you and Facebook halt your own use of non-competition agreements to force your own employees to remain where they work, if they decide to move to a competitor? Or are we “too close to home” in this respect?

Only time will tell . . .

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Alan L. Sklover

Alan L. Sklover

Employment Attorney
and Career Strategist
for over 35 years

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