Wednesday, September 18, 2013

On the Assertion that Employers Always have the Advantage Over Eployees When it Comes to Negotiating Wages

It's a false one. I mean, yeah, if you're a high-school dropout with zero skills, a sense of entitlement, and a singularly stinking attitude, then obviously your options are going to be limited BUT if you happen to be a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech and language specialist, a software engineer, an electrical engineer, a pharmacist, a nurse practitioner, a physician's assistant, a mechanical engineer, a financial adviser, a computer systems analyst, a math teacher, a computer systems administrator, a veterinarian, etc., etc., YOU at that point will probably have the advantage..........................................................................And, no, it isn't just people with advanced degrees that can eventually command a premium position in the market-place. Individuals who have strong experience and/or a certification in such varied careers as manicure, dental hygiene, pharmacy technology, plumbing and pipe-fitting, medical assisting, and makeup artistry can also be very picky in terms of who they give their services to. I mean, I know that the left likes to portray the individual as this helpless little victim amongst these corporate behemoths (which is in and of itself off the mark in that 70% of the new jobs being created are being created by SMALL businesses) and all but you really gotta look at the entire picture here, I think.


dmarks said...

It is a totally ridiculous assertion. Really, the only people qualified in making a determination if a wage is 'fair' are those directly involved. If the wage is not fair, either too low or two high, one of the two sides will not participate. I am not involved in any of these decisions other than my own personal one. That is the only one where I am qualified to determine what is fair. And no one commenting or reading is qualified to determine this in more than their own situation. Nor is any arrogant buffoon put into high power by an election who thinks he/she knows it for everyone, either.

"which is in and of itself off the mark in that 70% of the new jobs being created are being created by SMALL businesses"

I've seen those small business owners lumped into the plutocrat category multiple times...

Marcus said...

The truth is that negotiating wages like all things in business, is probably cyclical. When things are not so good, like now, I don't care who you are or what your experience is...individuals will not do so good in negotiations. Businesses are trying to hold the line just to survive or in some cases they know they hold all the cards and take advantage. When the economy is in a better place, workers of all stripes tend to do better. Another factor is the chosen field. I have friend who was an IT professional....very smart, a very capable programmer...He still can't land anything permanent due to heavy offshoring of these positions. For a while he took a position but it was PT, no benefits, no vacation and the pay was below the going rate for IT. He's 64 now and retired.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

That's a fair point, Marcus (the state of where the economy happens to be certainly is a factor), but there are certain fields in which there is a shortage of workers and in those areas the workers can still be very picky as to where they work. I work in the healthcare field and I can tell you that O.T.s, P.T.s, speech therapists, and nurse practitioners are doing exceedingly well (it's hard but I try to keep my jealousy intact).

dmarks said...

The provisions of Obamacare to encourage employers to hire part time instead of full time do NOT help the situation at all.

BB-Idaho said...

In my experience on both sides of the table, proficiency, while a major factor is in addition to
dependability, teamwork, attitude,
experience, etc. The ability to write/speak well is another, one
that surprisingly is sort of rare
these days. Engineering is hot, but
even in that field, there is a range in job performance.