Christian Worldview on Management
Often times it takes some strategic evaluation to know how to adjust and respond to the drastically changing society. Let’s discuss some of the changes that’ll affect human resources management over the next decade. There are many trends that have changed and will continue to change how the labor force is managed. Attracting older workers and universal health care are just a two trends that I’ll discuss. There are several men and women in today’s society that are working and performing efficiently at jobs known by the society as the opposite sex career.
For example, men are taking on women jobs such as nursing, teaching, and cosmetology, and women are accepting men jobs such as manufacturing and mechanics. Women now are becoming more educated than men and are securing jobs that men usually would exemplify stronger leadership. Men recently have to work harder to prove its sovereignty over jobs that were primarily for the male gender and vice versa for the women applying to a male job. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the next 17 years, the number of workers in the United States age 55 and above will increase by about 80% to over 33 million.
The workforce is aging and has been for the past 10 years. Many companies will have to start thinking about what older workers are seeking and how to accommodate their needs while at work and away from work. The marketing strategy used for older workers has to be specific such as experienced, age diverse, and/or over 21. This eliminates anyone outside of these boundaries from applying and possibly eliminating some discrimination discrepancies in the workplace. Its 2013, and health care costs are constantly increasing.
Employers and employees are paying more money for minimal or the same coverage they previously were offered. This has increased the number of individuals in the country who do not have insurance. Most people agree that our health care system will undergo a major change in the next 10 years. Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, predicts that we will adopt some form of universal health care system in the future. In fact, he points out, the U. S. is the only industrialized country where health care availability is employment based.
He says, “In other countries, access to health care is a fundamental human right. EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and OSHA (Occupation Safety & Health Administration) are two governing agencies that monitor and regulate human resource operations. According to eeoc. gov, The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. OSHA was created to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. These two directly affect my choice to discuss the trends of aging workers and universal health care.
Human resource managers have to be careful not to violate any rules set by these organizations to prevent lawsuits and/or government fines. “You can get capital and erect buildings, but it takes people to build a business,” is a very true statement made by Thomas Watson. It’s important in any organization to not only have the resources to build a large company but it’s the employees that make or break the organization.
You have to seek out the best individuals that will support the mission, vision, and goals of the organization. Paying someone a high salary, providing company assets, and convenient work hours doesn’t create the best person for the job. You must consider individual VABEs and make sure that they’re similar or parallel to that of the organization and its culture. Scripture tells us to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, King James Version) We must exemplify a good image to society showing that we can adapt to its changes in an ethical and profitable way. God wants to get the glory out of all our being and we must acknowledge him at all times. References Baumol, W. J. , Litan, R. E. , & Schramm, C. J. (2007). Good capitalism, bad capitalism, and the economics of growth and prosperity. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. Bateman, T. S. , & Snell, S. A. (2013). Management: Leading & collaborating in a competitive world. New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.