As I watched a television show recently, I began to think that the people discussing the future of the American worker alternated between pompous and knowledgeable/insightful.
They made good points about how workers need to be mobile and willing to move around in order to achieve their professional goals. They also need to be well-educated with a willingness to continue their learning as their careers progress.
All of that is true.
We all know how people move around in the golf industry, although it tends to be more within a specific region than across the country, but there are exceptions. Here at GNN, we’ve also discussed the importance of continuing education within an industry that is constantly evolving.
Where it all became so arrogant – and admittedly, I was probably wrongly shooting the messenger of this new reality – was that the whole discussion seemed tilted in favour of employers, with no thought given to the family/personal lives of the workers, particularly on the subject of mobility.
While moving around has never been uncommon early in an individual’s work life, usually when that person is single, there comes a point where you want to settle in as best you can.
At that point, a move can mean uprooting a family, which means kids changing schools and friends. In this era when two-income families are necessary, what about your spouse’s job if you’re moving far away?
These are all topics that the TV panel didn’t touch on in its discussion, one in which they mentioned that such a move could take place several times in a person’s lifetime.
Recently, my bank decided that the branch I patronize would open on Sundays which, I guess, is convenient, but is it really necessary in this age of ATMs, bank cards, debit cards and credit cards?
I survived quite nicely when deposits, withdrawals and financial services were dealt with when the bank was open Monday to Friday, then it added Saturday. Sunday seems like such an unnecessary invasion of the employees’ personal time in the financial sector.
Of course, Sunday shopping is the new normal in jurisdictions where it was once unheard of and recently, there have been suggestions that stores open on Christmas Day. The flimsy excuse is that it’s to serve those who don’t celebrate Christmas, but the reality is that businesses just want to open their doors.
Let’s stick with tradition and take the day off.
It will likely be argued that people within the golf industry have a great deal of downtime in the winter months, but whether it’s because some golf facilities also have year-round food and beverage operations or for other reasons, many of the people I talk to seem to be going at a brisk clip even when the snow flies.
Granted, that may not be everybody, but these days, the number of people who are on contracts in golf seems to be growing as it is in society, so downtime is not a good thing for them.
A Statistics Canada report last week indicated that in February, part-time employment was up by 38,900 people, while full-time jobs declined by 23,800. Most of the job gains last month came from 25,500 people who became self-employed.
Self-employment and part-time work, be it in golf or any other business, adds the challenge of supplementing the income during downtime and/or working long hours during peak times to save for the rainy days ahead.
Add to that factors such as gridlock in major centres, forcing people to spend additional time in their automobiles to get to and from the job and it may now seem like you live to work, instead of work to live, which brings us to our GNN Poll question of the week.
Do you find work is becoming increasingly more invasive of your family / personal time?
- YES (82%)
- NO (18%)
Cast your vote and feel free to add your opinion in the Comments section, which is also below.