000Ep.4 The "Plan" script ideas_Example job losses due to Modernization 000
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In this episode I will try to explain in some instance of where jobs have been lost due to modernization.
In some ways it was a good idea, but there are areas that could have been retained due to the type of service, if it were a service being wiped, like customer service, or if it effected general safety and security. And so will try to give you a few examples here.
So lets begin with Boiler makers.
Boiler makers and boiler mechanics, these days have in most ways been phased out and only still pertain to several areas today, due to modernization. True that this is something that did pave the way to an improvement, however there are areas that have been effected that still could have remained or should have remained in order for there to be more employment available.
People that work in the big supermarkets or department store checkouts, are gradually been phased out for the so called user friendly, more modern way with the new self serve card systems.
I have seen several of these large stores that once employed about 10 people to work at the registers, but now only maintain a skeleton crew of staff, like 2 people, then you think with how these are being phased out, is removing more of the general labor jobs, the types that don't necessarily require an expensive course to gain employment, the starting block for young workers just getting into the workforce.
This trend does not help other than to increase the money flow for a time into a CEOS pockets, but does not do well for customer service, something that seems to be draining out in today's world. Other phased out jobs in many countries include, such positions as I illustrate here.
Tram conductors and ticket Inspectors = Ticket Machines.
On many railway stations, what used to have a ticket counter with the ticket sellers that would sell and punch your ticket ready for departure are now being replaced by ticket machines. Ticket sellers=ticket machines, Guards= security cameras that are linked to a security hub which would monitor and record a network of stations, and porters the ones who would handle your bags and help you into the trains, no longer exist in today's changed world other than on preservation lines.
Station masters also have vanished, leaving most railway stations around the world unmanned, as many of these stations today, or call them bus shelters, since the traditional station buildings in many places including some in the Philippines are being demolished and replaced with small bus shelter style boxes that have a ticket machine located on one side.
What I have illustrated here is only one example as many more could be thought up but then to go through listing them all would overrun this video and the main purpose for this production.
However that is one example for positions that have been phased out in many countries in the name of progress, In some ways this has been good, but also as these are being phased out, it then leaves many more workers without a job and without a qualification that may be acceptable to gain new work somewhere else, if they had not been given the chance to shift positions by there then employer.
Ok here I will give you a rather wild example of how a sudden over need for local jobs and services would need to be filled.
As I said, this is just a wild example but its one very similar to how the world managed in the old days as per 30 years ago and earlier, and I'm not saying that to be this extreme today would be the entire answer neither, so bare with me with this, illustrated example.
Say there was a sudden decision overnight by a government to call a cancellation on all imports, what would happen is that there would suddenly be a huge stock pile of jobs, services, businesses that would need to be created and filled locally in order to still meet the needs of the country. Unemployment would then go down drastically, and money would then be retained in the country. Local profits would rise and consumer confidence would also increase. But this is really how countries and the world grew and survived at least prior to 30 years ago, But do we need to go that far today?
Since today's world has changed and embraced on imports heavily.
Is there still a way to marry the 2? The example I illustrated above was a little extreme to the standards of today, but it was you could say one idea that given the case would enable a more local recovery.
Its interesting though that with the above example I just illustrated, that it is not that far from how it used to be.
One of the main causes for the collapse of this "world" economy is that since we have invested and by way spread across the globe our markets, it has created a rather risky situation which in the end has led us into this position, by intertwining ourselves into the mesh of other countries, we have opened ourselves to what is known as the domino effect.
As one country losses, the next one then follows and thus it keeps spreading untill it reaches us.
This is what's happening now, since we have intertwined our business fabric, we have become a part of the same mesh.
30 years ago if one country fell down, no one else would have been effected as it was not a world wide issue since we did not have the same level of connection or the reliance of imports and stock through world wide trade, compared to what we have today.
Back then local jobs and confidence was supported and highly appreciated, there was a little thing called "on the job training", company takeover's world wide were not given a priority in those days, and countries grew as they supported there own "Local" people.
This all changed when the stock markets went further worldwide and we entered the more digital age and pushed more on worldwide trade, which is where greed really began to take hold.
This can be turned around, I know it can!
As I have mentioned before and I will add that I respect peoples opinions as we all have our own ideas, I respect that, I hope with this, that I can help to get you thinking, weather you agree or not, what I'm trying to say here is if we all can think of ideas and ways, we may just be able to begin solving all of these issues, if only we could get the right minds that have those resources.
Now I am not from any party and am only one voice and it won't take one person to make this change but we all can do it, if we just look at 1 step at a time, we could then guide ourselves gradually out of this problem and the same goes for all the other problems facing this world.
Well that's my forth episode of the Plan, hope I may have helped to energize some thinking after giving some thoughts to recognizing the issues and how it may have been caused.
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