One New Employee. One New Economy.

As the sands of the hourglass wile away and the economy sputters along (feigning a complete stall almost every day), as tens of millions of people across the globe wander around looking for work, and while members of the European Union get hung out to dry, the U.S. Federal Government is trying to come up with a plan that will save us all. Once again we get to follow the spectacle that will be Washington politics. Never have we needed solidarity on the part of our elected leaders. Never will we be more disappointed in them…

We are so very good at talking about the problems and not very good at moving toward solutions…or at least trying them. We are adept at pointing (and giving) the finger, and not very good at looking at ourselves in the mirror. Do you know what we’re going to get from Washington when this is all said and done? A throbbing headache. And while we wait for it, it seems to me that a bunch of really big, profitable, and wildly successful organizations with a lot of really smart people with really good ideas and presence enough to command attention are sitting around with their hands in the pockets, gazing toward the ceiling, whistling aimlessly. And we wait and wait and wait. Where the hell is corporate America in fixing all of this?

Let me make this really simple, stupid. There are 14,000,000 unemployed workers in the United States right now. Almost half of them (6M) have been looking for work for more than 6 months. There are roughly 10,000,000 employers in the United States. If Corporate America could just get off it’s big fat lazy butt, stop biting its nails, and take one for the team, then each would only have to hire .7 of a person to bring the country’s unemployment rate to the lowest it has been in over 10 years. That’s an investment in less than one new employee to fix all this. Cripes, Walmart employees 2.1M people; something tells me they could afford to pick up a few more than .7.

Stop waiting for someone else to dig us out of this mess, Corporate America. Get busy putting America back to work. Each and every one of you needs to find a way to hire one employee more than you have today. Worry about how you’re going to pay for it later, you cheap bastards. Have I oversimplified this whole thing? I’m not so sure: maybe that’s exactly what we need…something simple!

One. New. Employee.

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  • Tom Bolt

    Keep the rant going! I am so disgusted with the whole mess in Washington, but I really try to refrain from “picking sides” not out of a sense of HR correctness but the fact that most of the time BOTH sides are wrong. This is classic proof of the political paradigm that if you tell a lie enough times it becomes believable. And we elected these bastards…er, people.

    I may piss off more than the usual number of people as I step up my rant. Somehow I know you and I are on the same team.

  • Anonymous

    i know, me and my rants. yes, we are on the same team…and we should all be thinking that way. thanks for all that YOU do to help move this economy (and the hiring market) forward!

  • Joni Thomas Doolin

    Charlie you are a little more outspoken than I may ever be – but please include this comment as an AMEN! You are absolutely right about breaking through the barriers of fear and indecision. We are wasting more talent in less time than any other business cycle in history. We just hired two new players – and the excitement and positive impact on the existing team has already amped productivity and creativity before the training has even started. As Tom said – rant on!!! Joni

  • Anonymous

    if nothing else i am outspoken, yes. sometimes misspoken too. thanks for raising the roof on this one, joni!

  • John

    I agree with your sentiment that something has to be done. The unemployment rate is bad, but the long term unemployment is much worse. I agree the people we elect have messed up our economy for the last few decades. Fixing that mess isn’t easy. While I agree maybe the largest 10,000 companies could hire 1 person without much notice on their balance sheet. I serious doubt companies on the 500,000 on down could. My guess is the solution to this isn’t easy. And it is complicated by the fact that Europe is in as bad, if not worse, shape than the USA.