Thursday, June 7, 2012

Jobs? What kind?

Both Political Parties talk immensely about America needing jobs. But what kind of jobs? I did not see any landscaper jobs go to China. Nor did I see any dental hygienist, home painters, Congresspeople, auto mechanics jobs go to China.

So what kind of jobs are Obama and Romney really talking about? Manufacturing job mainly but also technical customer service support jobs.

 As you already know, the United States was build on manufacturing. Our nation produced thing that the World bought and we were great at it. But something happened. American businesses and American people killed American jobs. I know this because I was one who was PinkSlipped because of this trend. America is in a Catch-22. We want higher wager for workers but we don't really want to pay a higher price for goods at the store. We don't want to spend $20-$30 on a pen if we can buy it for $1. This is just a small example but the consumer philosophy is the same.

By American companies squeezing American companies and American workers demanding more wages from American companies, American companies when to a country where they could make the products (at an affordable price) for the American consumer. Is it really worth paying someone $50/hr (+ benefits) to put bolts in a car?

The solution is multi-fold:
1. Allow American companies to bring their wealth from foreign countries back into the US without astronomical taxes and penalties.
2. Set a wage for a job that is reasonable. This will allow for the cost of doing business more acceptable to employers.
3. Eliminate the multitude of redundant regulations imposed on business.
4. Stream line regulatory processes.

These are just to name a few. Here in Las Vegas there is about 14,000,000 sq ft of available space for new businesses. Let's get these filled.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

No Bailout for Europe

Europe can and should solve their debt crisis all by themselves. Maybe they don't read our news but we have a debt crisis all of our own. For the POTUS to infuse $200 billion of my hard earned income is legal theft and must be stopped.

Write your Senators and Representative today to tell them to put pressure on Obama not to bail out Europe. For Nevada, our Reps are:

Senator Reid
522 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
DC: 202-224-3542
NV: 775-882-7343

Senator Heller
361a Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
DC: 202-224-6244
NV: 702-388-6605

Representative Heck
132 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
DC: 202-225-3252
NV: 702-387-4941

Get involved today.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Slump Will Continue

As a co-founder to the Viral Voice organization I have interviewed over 100 small business owners or managers. What is the consensus about the economy, slow growth while Obama remains in Office. An overwhelming majority of our guest at Small Business Mixers say that It's going to be difficult to hire people when the people are not buying the products or services that they should to increase business so that they can hire more people.

This is a vicious "Catch-22". Economy can't grow unless more products/services are bought. People aren't buying the products/services because they don't have jobs to support the spending; the jobs aren't there because small business doesn't have the sales to support hiring someone new.

And where are those jobs most likely to come from? Manufacturing. But are there going to be enough new manufacturing companies to support hiring 250,000 jobs for the next 2 years to get us out of this recession. NO!

Every American worker wants to be making $20, $30 or $40 per hour. Thats great. So lets say they're making coffee pots. Are you going to want to spend $300 on a coffee pot because it made in America by a Unions Worker? NO! You're going to buy one thats $60 and Made in China because thats what your budget allows and it probably made better. You do have a budget...right?

America won't get out of this slump ever unless a few economic policies are changed. What's one of hundreds that I can think of.
1. the US should tax imports like they tax American inheritance, at 55% in 2011. Think about the tax revenue that would generate.

We have a great country but just not smart people running it.

That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Top 5 disasters of the Health Care Bill.

Monday, March 15, 2010

We are confirmed for our next PinkSlipMixer @ Aurora Lounge @LUXORLV, 4/7, 6p. Working on doubling the number of recruiters and HR People.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Toxic Employees

Have you been in a company where there is a employee that, most often, seems to be disruptive? This can be as simple as jokes that become offensive, mannerisms that are not professional, issues that are not supported by the company policy manual, and worst of all, insubordination. I have dealt with these circumstances in my 20 years in manufacturing and operations.

With Nevada being a right to work state, the easy solution might be to just terminate the employee. That would be in your right, but risky. A number of problems could occur in the aftermath that might become a bigger problem than before.

An excellent solution to most all problems in the workplace is to have an exceptional Employee Policy Manual. This manual would include every aspect of tasks and responsibilities from the time the employees arrives to the time they depart the workplace. Leaving out details only sets the employer up for avoidable stressful situations. So you make it look like a Senate Bill. So what? The manual is written to protect the employer. But written well, the employee will understand their rights as well.

The policy manual I co-wrote (for the company I co-owned) allowed us to avoid (and win) numerous claims of wrongful discharge and unemployment. Even lawyers and our Workers Comp provider were impressed with our employee manual.

Let's correspond so that I can help with your manual.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Marketing vs Production

Sales and Marketing are the core departments to any business, manufacturing or otherwise. Without them, the rest of the company need not exist. What would the rest do without products being developed and sold?

But once those products are marketed and sold they need to be manufactured well. And that's when the tables are turned. Without good manufacturing practices, producing a product worth buying, then Sale and Marketing my not have any reason to show up to work. Who is going to buy inferior products?

Without understanding some phase of the process within each department a project can quickly become off-task. For Marketing to set forth a product without previously understanding the manufacturing constraints can (and has)lead to mis-printed packaging. This major oversight delays the Product launch date, tarnishes reputations, and increase the cost of goods which diminishes the profit margin.

Companies can do well by hiring (or training) a skilled manager to oversee the total project. One who has experience in both departments and, possibly, others. One person that fits that criterion is a small business owner. This well rounded person has had the experience of developing new products, finding a way to market the product, being out in the field selling, coming back to the factory and making the product themselves. This hard working individual is who I am. Please visit my VisualCv and learn more about me.