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Task 2 – Essay 2

Question

Women should give up their jobs and go back to their traditional role of home-makers in order to reduce world unemployment. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Plan:

  • More women:
    • More workforce, economies driven better.
    • West – better workforce
    • East- lesser
    • Women entrepreneurs create major jobs.
  • Globalization is a factor
  • Disruptive technology.

Essay:

Over the last six or seven decades, awareness in the society for women’s empowerment has made possible for them to join the world’s workforce more actively. Personally, I disagree that in order to reduce world unemployment women should be deprived of basic human right of competing in the marketplace.

The presence of women in the workplace plays a key role in driving the world economy. Addition of women increases the human resource of a country and that is universally considered as a great asset, in first world economies for instance, the proliferation of women entrepreneurs has generated a prodigious amount of job opportunities. Moreover, when women joined in the garment factories in Bangladesh, it had a profound impact on the industry. Now garment export is one of the country’s main sources of income. Therefore it is incontrovertible that employment of women can generate multifarious opportunities for a nation.

Globalization is considered as a cause of world unemployment. When major corporations outsource certain segments of their businesses to regions of cheaper labor, it may cause unemployment in the country of origin. For instance, when certain information technology industries in the United States were shifted to India, the companies imposed job cuts in the states. Moreover, technology can also contribute to unemployment wherever it has automated business and manufacturing processes where human intervention was required. For instance, with the introduction of the automobile, the horse cart and all the various businesses, industries and employment associated with the horse industry were put to an abrupt end.

In all, the aforesaid information delineates that putting women out of employment is not answer to abating world unemployment. There are a myriad of other factors that influence its prevalence.

 

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Why people leave Organisations and not Managers?

We have all heard it, “people don’t leave organizations, they leave managers.” The problem is I am not so sure it’s true. I realize it’s a fairly big leap to challenge great researchers like Marcus Buckingham or the Gallup organization, but the research simply is not my experience and my guess is that it isn’t your experience either.

“Great organizations, develop great policies and practices, that empower great leaders, to lead great teams.”

I was driving home from work on a Wednesday afternoon when I received the phone call that all adoptive parents wait for. With almost no notice we were becoming parents of a beautiful little girl. In a matter of minutes our plans went from our evening workout and where we would go out to dinner to how we would explain to our employers that we were expanding our family TOMORROW.

I had recently started with a new company and had almost no paid time off or FMLA eligibility. I was in a pickle to say the least. My plan was to go in to work, explain the situation and propose to take a day of paid time off, work from home one more day and be back in the office on Monday. It seemed reasonable, but I was still apprehensive. I was in uncharted territory with a new boss at a new organization.

When I arrived in the office my boss and our Executive Director called me into a conference room. I immediately jumped into my plan for how the work would get done. Our Executive Director stopped me. He said, “Mario, congratulations. I have a meeting to get to but this is a big moment and I wanted to come in and congratulate you first thing.” He then looked at my boss and said, “I trust that you can take it from here” and he walked out of the room. I had no idea what was happening. Was this some kind of good cop, bad cop situation? Was I going to get fired?

As the door closed my boss said, “Mario, I am going to talk to you as a father. I appreciate your plan but you need more than a day and a half with your daughter.” He went on, “I know you don’t have much paid time and aren’t eligible for FMLA, so here is what we are going to do. You are going to take 2 weeks paid under our parental leave policy. You are going to make me a list of the projects you are working on. I am going to run downstairs and get you a gift card because you need a car seat and when I get back, you are leaving to pick up your little girl. Your job will be here when you get back.”

I am not an emotional guy. I can count the times I have cried since I was 10 years old on one hand, but when he said that my eyes filled up with tears and for a guy who speaks in front of people for a living I could hardly get out, “Thank you.” I was overwhelmed and incredibly proud to work for a boss and an organization that cared about me enough to give me time with my new little girl. Why did this have such an impact on me? Because I knew what had just happened was incredibly uncommon. Simply doing the right thing for your people and trusting they will reciprocate through effort and loyalty is rare. I went on to deliver some of the greatest projects of my career over the next 3 years with that boss and organization and even when presented with an outstanding opportunity elsewhere, leaving was one of the hardest things I have ever done.

“It is hard to be a great boss in a bad culture, but it is even harder to be a bad boss in a great culture.”

So back to people don’t leave organizations, they leave managers. My boss in this scenario was awesome. Easily the best manager I have ever worked for. But he was not great on his own. He was great because he was the right fit for an organization that empowered him to be a great leader. Great organizations, develop great policies and practices, that empower great leaders, to lead great teams. My boss could not have just given me two weeks off paid. The parental leave policy was in place long before I needed it. Sure, he made it easier on me, but the decision was already made for him. He simply executed the organizations policy with empathy and compassion. Even the gift card was a part of a discretionary fund set up for employees in situations like this. People do leave bad bosses, but more times than not, the bad bosses are employed by organizations that do not have the culture in place to support great leadership. The boss may get blamed, but ultimately the actions of the boss are dictated by the culture and policies the organization puts in place. The organization dictates what the culture is, the boss controls how it is implemented. Bottom line. It is hard to be a great boss in a bad culture, but it is even harder to be a bad boss in a great culture.

What do you think? Who has the most influence over the employee experience, the organization, the boss or both?

Written by

Mario D. Kyriakides,

Task 2 -Essay 1

Question 

Nowadays we see an increase in social problems involving teenagers. Many people believe that it is because parents spend more time at work and less with their children, Do you agree or disagree?

Planning:

Agree Disagree
Parents provide Both parents have to earn to sustain family to maintain :
Advice, motivation, support (emotional),

Teach principles, strict attitude towards misdemeanor

–          Standard of living

–          Inflation tackling

–          Living expensive

  Criminal activities on the rise like drugs, lack of law enforcement, lack of jobs.

Essay:

It is irrefutable that the relationship between parents and their children is the most inseparable bond in the world. Depriving children love and care parents almost always increases social problems associated to these detached children.

Parents play an indispensable role in shaping the character of their children because they embody the ultimate source of motivation and emotional support. Moreover, parents are responsible ingraining good social values and principles unto their youngsters. Absence of parents’ care deprives the children of this nurturing and exposes them to life situations where they become unable to discern right from wrong. With no parental monitoring, the children will fail to stay away from a socially disruptive activity which may harm them or the people around them, such as indulging in drugs. There is also every chance that the youngsters will display impudent behavior patterns which are socially unacceptable. Experts have always stressed and real life situations strongly suggest that if the parents spend more time with their children, anti-social misdemeanors arising from them can be reduced by a great extent.

Moreover, the modern society is also to be blamed for playing its role in exacerbating social problems related to children. Today, due to high inflation rates and the economic downturn have severely impacted the lifestyle of many families. With the living expenses becoming excessively exorbitant, it becomes necessary for both the mother and the father of the family to be employed to maintain a sustainable standard of living. Consequently, in spite of their willingness to spend time with their kids, they are compelled to work late into the evening. In the process, they deprive children their crucial company.

In conclusion, it is indisputable that having their parents beside them while they are growing, especially during their formative years, plays a pivotal role from disengaging the children from exposing themselves in socially negative activities. It is also evident that the society today is made in such a way that parents are pressurized to go into employment without thereby reducing the effectiveness of their love and care for their children. Parents need to strike the right balance between time spending  time with their kids and at work.

 

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