A businessman, who does not understand computers, may face the loss of his job or business, even if such a businessman can do his job without given technological skills. Similarly, a brilliant computer scientist or engineer with social issues may not be able to pass an interview unless the human resource manager focuses on the value of the interviewee’s skills. Mechanics and machinists may do their job exceptionally well, yet their skills are worthless unless someone, or some business, is marketing their services and products. Janitors and chefs cannot do their jobs without the proper tools while researchers cannot contribute to society unless they have access to resources and writers need profitable channels to sustain their endeavors.
In terms of functional versus dysfunctional behavior, the job, i.e. what makes an individual valuable to society, of schoolteachers and college professors is to make people more functional by cultivating skills in others. Because teachers of the past had convinced communities and governments to pay for their services, the developed world benefits greatly from having a reasonably educated population. As not everyone can know everything and training alone does not guarantee success, developed economies thrive due to the fact they utilize the organizational and marketing skills of businessmen who serve society as facilitators of innovation, production, and service. That said, most people are not businessmen, and even fewer are entrepreneurs, thus society needs the world of business to help us fully utilize the intellectual capital of talented individuals. This is, of course, why businessmen are valuable to society.
Unfortunately, it seems the world of business has forgotten this reality. Instead of acting as facilitators of the real economy, big businesses and wealthy businessmen often act as though they are part of a self-sustaining economy of their own making. In their relentless pursuit of massive profits, through their business dealings and lobbying of governments, the big businesses of the world have come to severely neglect the interests of those sustaining and growing the real economy. With a narrowing of the wealth distribution curve, fewer well-paying jobs available, and the costs of resources sharply rising, people, whose skills would otherwise be incredibly useful to our society, are unable to find a path to prosperity, so they cannot use those skills for benefit of society. This is especially important for those who lack necessary business skills and knowledge as well as those coming from backgrounds of poverty.
Too many people are stuck in the minimum wage struggle while others find themselves in industries that barely tap their full potential, thus talented individuals cannot progress to a stable socioeconomic standing that would allow them to access employers who might use their skills or markets where their endeavors can yield viable returns. People need increased opportunity to make use of their unique talents and increased opportunity starts with the ability to access the economy through the use of a given set of skills. Businesses and businessmen have a social responsibility to help those, who have the skills and ideas needed to drive our economy, access the resources they need while society needs to reconfigure our public policies, including taxation policies and regulations, to ensure businesses profit the most when they serve their communities in this capacity, i.e. give businessmen incentives to do what they should be doing.
Read old posts