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More Troubling Numbers for Employers

I suggested recently that certain numbers and their implications are troubling me. (See Employee Satisfaction Falling.) Without leading a debate on each issue, I trust you will read through this blog post and think, for a moment, about the implications of these numbers for you, your business, and the wider economy.

Government Employment Surpasses Goods Producing Employment

Government Employment: People who are employed by the government now exceed people who are employed in producing goods. The figures do not take into account any quality or continuous improvement efforts the private sector may have undertaken to reduce the number of employees.

Union Membership in Public Sector Soars – Private Sector Sinks

Union membership has fallen to 7.3% of private sector workers – the lowest rate since President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress signed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Board (NLRB) into law in 1935. The public sector numbers tell a different story: 37.6% of government employees belong to unions. Those 7.9 million government employees who are represented by a union comprise 51% of all union members nationally.

The United States is entering into a time frame during which government is not just protecting the rights of unions to represent employees and the rights of employees to be represented by unions. Because of its increased representation by unions, unions are becoming the government. (Thoughts: James Sherk – Heritage foundation Blog)

I’ll share more numbers as time goes by, but do you see implications for the workplace from the trends these numbers represent?

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More Troubling Numbers for Employers originally appeared on About.com Human Resources on Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 16:23:36.

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