Saturday, April 24, 2010
Technology vs Jobs
Remember when you could go out and look for a job, fill out an application, give it to the manager, and even a same day interview? Perhaps you remember a time when there were plenty of cashiers to cash you out at the grocery store. I am pretty sure you would rather speak to a life representative when handling your affairs rather than an automated voice or someone who barley speaks English. Although modern technology had afforded us great opportunities, take a closer look at how technology helps to deteriorate the economy. Did you know the creation of the online application has help to eliminate thousands of jobs? Online applications save on human resource expenses, lowering mailing costs and eliminating the need to advertise job openings in newspapers. Some people prefer the self check out machines. These machines did not come without a cost. This machine eliminates the number of cashier jobs available. This makes it a little harder for your teens to get those seasonal and part time jobs. A friend of mine told me about a company that provided customer care for Capital One. A week later the company notified employees that Capital One would be outsourcing their calls to a foreign country and in three weeks their jobs would end. These are just a few examples of how technology has affected our economy. I realize that technology is here to stay. I am using twitter right now. How do you feel about it?