It's sad but true em3. The loyalty expected FROM employees is still there but the loyalty TO employees has all but evaporated.
Where I used to work, most are scared to death that at any moment their heads will be on the proverbial chopping block. That is no way to run a business or expect the best from your employees.
I hear, read and see many who say that Unions have outlived their usefulness and in some ways perhaps they're right. At the same time though I see and read about many who have absolutely no say in anything about their job and the employees are asked to do more with little or no compensation in return. The cost of doing business if you want to keep your job? That's what I was told, so I left and joined a Union.
It's not perfection but at least my voice counts now and I have some say in my job, my work atmosphere and my pay!
If you're counting on an HR person to be your saving grace, don't hold your breath either.
Looking at it from an overall perspective I think now more than ever there needs to be some type of Unions to represent the workers.
The argument that Unions are what puts companies out of business is major BS too! If you really do some research you'll find that bad decisions and bad business practices along with economic factors are what truly drive a company into the ground.
Take Chrysler for example. They continued to produce 500+hp vehicles and gas guzzlers despite the fact fuel prices have been rising for the last 3-5 years. Is that the workers fault? Did they make those decisions?
GM continued to produce very poor quality vehicles that had a customer complaint record like no other company. Design flaws and poor quality materials were the bulk of the problems. This is the workers fault how?
These are just 2 examples but I am sick and tired of hearing the mouthpieces on Fox News in particular who almost daily bash Unions as the downfall of this country. If you want a real measure of the impact make sure you understand the full reason WHY there are Unions to begin with.
Economically we're going to rebound, we always do. The difference this time is many of the high paying jobs in manufacturing won't be coming back which is what built this country. We may very well be seeing "America Light" versus "America the World Power" in years to come? The growth in countries like China and India are proving that daily, and the cheap labor potential in Africa is becoming even more glamorous to those evolving and upcoming super powers. You can quote me on this one in 10-20 years.
What we're witnessing is the unadulterated greed of those with power to rape the middle class without any regard for the outcome.