@ AC 12:47 GMT
You make a fair bit of unfounded assumptions, and like Chris W seem to believe the world is binary. Black or white, on or off. You are either doing something about it, or bitching about it. Oddly enough, it's entirely possible to do both, and life is very rarely so simple as to be binary about anything.
Where I live and work, most companies *are* outsourcing. For that matter, it’s a pretty big thing in various states in the US as well. Even where they aren’t outsourcing, many places are using the threat of it to drive down wages and working conditions. There are certainly places in this world where that isn’t true, and once my personal obligations are no longer binding me to this place, I do very much so hope to move to somewhere better. (Not everyone is so self-focused they are willing to screw everyone around them for personal benefit. I have commitments to keep.)
Not only am I out beating the streets for a new job, I am taking part in my political party to try to get actual change in the laws put through. I attend and do speak up at various industry organisation meetings, and pretty much anything else I can find where I have a chance to make an impact on the actual policies and regulatory structures of my country.
As much as it may seem to you I let others walk all over me, I really don’t. I fight for what I believe in, and if I didn’t, I’d still be working in (literally) a closet for an IT office as I was 5 years ago making less than half what I do now.
If you, AC, or Chris W, or anyone else have a great job with no worries in life I wonder how you got there. Was it because you are so innately better than everyone else? Plucky and spunky and possessing DNA without flaw? I really doubt it. Some of it has to be innate: to get anywhere in life you need the chutzpah to speak up for yourself and to stand out. There are other elements though: the hundreds, even thousands of people who went before you, standing up for workers rights and trying to keep businesses and governments honest. Perhaps you merely are without conscience, and soullessly stepped on others on your rise to the top. I don’t know, and I don’t really don’t care.
In the meantime though, while I am willing to fight for what I need…I honestly don’t believe people should have to. If you are willing to work hard, you should be able to earn a comfortable living. Time taken out for training should increase the level of that comfort. Forget all the fuzzy pink bunnies and hippy-happy reasons; I’ll give you the single best reason out there to keep your staff in good repair:
Every second your staff spend looking for a new job, fretting about their finances, campaigning for better working conditions or taking part in their political process is a second they aren’t doing one of the two things that make you money: working or relaxing. Relaxing keeps those workers sharp when they are called on to work, and a clear mind with no worries helps keep them focused. Happy, calm and focused workers are more productive than ones who are constantly looking for the next best thing. Retaining these workers is to the benefit of any business as well, as they are already trained, and familiar with the needs and flows of your organisation.
Of course this requires businesses, managers, politicians and even individuals who think “long term” and “big picture” to recognise. None of the above concepts mean a damn to members of the Cult of the Quarterly Bonus.
Whatever you believe, have a good weekend AC. I know I will, I just got a good Friday lunch-hour rant in.