Donald Trump has re-awakened the American sleeping giant to the tsunami of jobs that have left America to head to low-wage countries through the various trade deals such as NAFTA.
More potent job losses came from the trade deal, with China, signed into Law by President Bill Clinton.
What will happen to the remaining jobs held by men and women in America when the more recent trade deals are locked into place, the TPP and TPIP trades deals?! …And, yes, women who were working or still hold good-paying jobs are equally affected.
Still, there is no need to plead that American workers are powerless in the face of the decisions made by the politicians Americans elected to office. Though workers in America may not stop the flood of jobs going to other countries, they can still take positive actions to help reduce, or slow that flood by understanding the true nature of how corporations work, these days, and doing much more to contribute, before it is too late.
Until about 1976, corporations were mandated to serve the well being of society, particularly their local communities. Corporations were encouraged to have a social conscience. Since then, students are taught in business schools that corporations exist for the sole purpose of making and growing PROFITS. That’s it. Profits matter. People are a resource, a tool, a cost. To management who must, by today’s definition and, thereby, by today’s responsibility of the job, chase profits, by moving to low-wage countries they strip out much of the labor cost and, likely regulatory costs, and that becomes a boost to profits.
The solution to keeping good-paying jobs for both men and women in America is almost as simple as providing the lowest-cost products and services right here in America. The question you must ask is this:
“How can YOU help your company to increase profits right here in the USA?”
To get you started, here are a few areas to think about:
- jobs: increase workloads, eliminate, redesign, train better
- plant, buildings, equipment: upgrade, replace, relocate, redesign workspaces
- finding more efficient techniques for everything
- finding lower-cost alternatives for raw materials, trasnporation, energy, (electricity, gas, other), etc.
- prioritizing resources onto better opportunities and away from problems
- solving problems which can’t be de-emphasized and which rob resources from opportunities
- automating, adopting new technologies to replace the worker, such as robotics
- learning new skills, techniques, concepts, that allow for more work output per worker
- abandoning early, and as many as possible, low-output processes and low-demand products, that is, keep the “winners” and drop the “losers” or lowest margin products
- improving alignment within teams, and teams within departments, and departments within divisions
- unitary, company-wide focus on corporate strategies and goals
- finding ways to differentiate products or services to be able to increase the selling price
- redesigning business models, value-propositions, communications programs
- optimizing engagement with customers and other high-valued stakeholders
- discovering and penetrating new customer accounts, markets, geographies
- understanding the competition, both local and international, to compete better
- understanding the language, politics, and cultures of other nations better than your colleagues and competitors to your company
- maintaining a discipline on managing and eliminating waste, re-work, errors, and other costs related to work in process
- INNOVATING–learning how and having the courage to present innovations