“Some values are…like sugar on the doughnut, legitimate, desirable, but insufficient, apart  the doughnut itself. We need substance as well as frosting.” – Ralph Tyler Flewelling


When I started thinking about the post today, I was trying to find a way to describe what is happening in the workforce and how the demise of ethics is hurting business.

As some of my readers know, I have recently moved and took on a new job. The area I relocated to, is in a heavy oil extraction part of the country. The draw of big bucks and the result of young people thinking that money is easy come by, either because they have chosen to leave school prior to graduation, or their parents have lavished them with ‘things’, has somewhat altered their perception of reality.

We are not new to the area, as we lived near here five years ago.  I think, once again, the youth have not seen the crisis that happens when the ‘patch’ shuts things down because the price of the barrel drops.  The thoughts, and currently it is so, that they can just go across the street and get another job, affects the way they perform on the job.  I have had gentle talks with some of my young co-workers and mentioned that they were performing as more of an anchor than a life-preserver.  I asked why they thought that was.  The replies varied, but overall, the consensus was, the thought that the employer ‘needed’ them.   I was told that they were not performing to their best ability because they felt they were being overlooked for advancement.

When I suggested that the reason they were overlooked was because of the way they were performing. It came back full circle, yes that was true, but the employer needed THEM. Wow.

So here I sit, trying to think of a way to get these kids to think about a future without the big bucks or the convenience of multiple job options.  It will not last forever and then what will they have to fall back on?


17 comments on “Worth

  1. Then there are those of us who are in are 60’s and put out to pasture. Work life doesn’t always last long.


  2. That is a truly scary scenario. I wish you much success with your conversations with these kids you mentioned. If they don’t heed your words? Their future lessons will very difficult.

    Good luck with this. :))


  3. You echo what I worry about for my own children. They have no concept of building a good reputation for themselves. My son leaves a job as soon as he is dissatisfied with his job. Needless to say, he continues to look. Trying to speak to them, is frustrating, but the alternative is worse. Keep talking, someone will hear you. Good Luck!


    • Thank you Ellyn! I really do hope that your son does find his way and realizes that he will have a lot to offer an employer or even himself, should he ever start a business of his own. They need to find find themselves for sure, but the employer does not owe them anything but the chance to learn and grow, and of course, be paid for the service that is provided to them. Her’s too your strength as he grows. Hugs!


  4. I’m afraid the “seven good years” will teach them a painful lesson. The feeling of “being needed” won’t last forever as we know – and one day they might be surprisingly shaken awake from their dream being “amongst the best” which are dreaming now – and the wake up call will be dark for them.
    It’s scary – and I feel bad for them… I learnt my lesson early – and well… and that’s why I’m probably performing this well… ( at least I hope so)…
    Thanks for sharing this Liz. That’s truly something to think about!!
    Even though I’m afraid it’s neither up to me – nor to you to teach them this lesson. They’ll learn fast enough!!


    • Thanks Raani. I think I just wish I could shake them and make them realize the path they are taking is going to cause them pain. That old – been there, done that scenario plays in my head too. Thank you for your thoughts Raani!


  5. Hi Liz,
    This morning I took the opportunity to read your article posting on worth. You have a big job ahead of you, and I can understand your concern greatly. To see your job or chosen career as a blessing is hard when everything is going great, and you have not been put in a position to discover the importance of looking at the whole view. By that I mean, sure the company needs them, but they need the company. One does not go without the other. In our society, especially western society, where performance is seen as a necessary evil and hard work as something to be shunned, it is no wonder that people from third world countries are coming over and surpassing them. People from poorer countries have a strong work and performance ethic, as well as, views about family, that is putting them in situations which will project them above those that thought they could have it without working for it.
    Thanks for an informative article. I see this same thing happening in Germany. It is sad and I pray that some of the people here will wake up, before it is too late.


  6. Reblogged this on Walk On and commented:
    An excellent article on the value of worth.


    • Thank you Patricia! I had to rewrite it about four times to make sense of what I was trying to say while trying to hold my emotions in check. It was tough! Hugs to you. By the way I saw an 8 year old girl today that could have been your twin at that age. She was full of vinegar, trying to help her Mom look for a colour of ribbon in the deep bin of closeouts at Micheals. She sure made me smile! Hugs!


  7. Ironic considering what is going on throughout much of the country.


  8. Words of Wisdom Liz. They are lucky to have you. These are thoughts most neglect to have until it’s ‘too late’ sometimes. Well, better late than never.
    Great to have you back.


  9. Reblogged this on Selasie Bulmuo and commented:
    Look at the bigger picture and apply yourself fully now. If you find you can’t where you are, find where you can and quickly get to work and work well. Great thoughts Liz. I love the quote at the beginning.


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