I may be mistaken, but it appears that many of the new business models regarding employment are gradually resulting in lower costs for employers (including schools) and greater costs for employees.

The term ‘cost’ can have many meanings.

Example: Hire more part-timers at lower wages and outsource, cut back on full-timers and benefits (i.e. health care and retirement) and wish them all the best in what lies ahead. Depersonalize the tasks workers do and turn to data to justify the “why” of the decisions.

I worked for the same institution for 35 years and have seen the challenges to our culture that the spread of instant gratification has produced, eating away at the pride of doing a good day’s work and the ability to sleep well at night. For the young workforce, this is particularly problematic.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … . ” – Charles Dickens. (The entire quote is worth reading.)

Peter Anderson

Portland