In today’s world, child care is a necessary part of our life. With both parents working to meet the daily expense, it becomes crucial to find a suitable childcare solution. With the presidential election around the corner, voters are starting to realize that our government does not provide enough support for child care. In other developed countries, the governments’ help out parents with early year child care.
Europe and Canada offer their citizens paid maternity leave, quality preschools at a lower cost as well as summer activities at very nominal costs. The American public has been suffering through the indifference of their government’s attitude to childcare until now.
The lack on the US government’s part in the child care department has led to a lot of discontents and is making the parents unhappy. The main issues seem to be a lack of paid vacation and sick leave as well as the high cost of child care. It is better not to even consider college costs at the moment.
The presidential election candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have made their voice clear on this issue. Mr. Trump initially was not interested in providing paid family vacation, but recently he has changed his tune and has presented a plan for six weeks of paid maternity leave and other benefits. The proposals made by Hillary Clinton include 12 weeks of paid family vacation as well as medical leave for men and women. She also promised child care for all prekindergarten children
Almost 300 private firms in the U.S. are offering a day’s off on November 8 to counter the long lost decline in voting rates. The policy was endorsed by Jim Pugh, founder of Share Progress, a political data firm and many others. He also stated that this policy has the potential to create pressure for more companies to offer a paid holiday. With many companies making it a norm in the corporate space, civic-corporate behavior can be enhanced by several folds. Some of the companies which have endorsed this policy to improve polling rates include Spotify, About.com and the Wikimedia Foundation.
As per the scholarly views of William Galston, a researcher at the Brookings Institution, reasons for low polling rates can be attributed to the apathy of the voter. Ethical disciplinarians tend to cast their vote more often. A steep falling rate of voters fundamentally contributes to a polarized politics in the U.S. Ex-Google employee Hunter Walk, urged companies to offer a day’s holiday through a series of tweets. Within a few hours’ time, the interwoven communities of Silicon Valley had agreed to offer a day’s off. Such coordinated efforts of the corporate space can help providing a reformation to the American democracy functions.
Hunter Walk involved himself into monitoring the number of companies that offered a paid holiday to its workers using a Google spreadsheet. He found more people contributing to the cause. The number of companies that endorsed the policy rapidly rose from 50 to 277. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford recommended that Election Day should be made a national holiday attract Americans to vote. The impact of offering a paid holiday on election day remains unclear as of now. But this move amongst the corporate arena is considered positive and is expected to bring a small increase in the polling rates.
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According to the reports of U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, workplace productivity has constantly dropped in the last three-quarters for more than two decades. This downfall has significantly contributed to an economic problem. Right from the year 2006, the workplace productivity across the major sectors have exhibited stagnancy year after year. The associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, Iwan Barankay comments on the stagnant productivity levels in the U.S. The explanations offered for low productivity, however, differ in terms of each economist’s view. Robert Gordon, Professor at the Northwestern University suggests a dearth in time-saving technologies towards low productivity rates.
With the rise of the Internet from the year, 1990 nothing much has changed. The smartphones, robots and other technological inventions are not tapped to its fullest potential. Though innovations continue to spring every other moment, the impact of the revolution is short lived. Apart from the lack of new time-saving technologies, the dawn of active social media poses a major threat to reduce workplace productivity. Ex-professor at the Purdue University, Al Crispo targets Facebook and other social forums as the major productivity killers. He also brings out the addiction to electronics in explicit terms. Constant communication through social media has an implication in the economic development.
With the launch of computers, the work productivity improved by several folds. But in the recent days, companies are not found to invest in high-profile technological gadgets which have led to a stagnancy in work productivity. On offering incentives to workers, the productivity tends to improve. But today, the majority of the company do not invest in employee benefits. Workplace productivity also tends to decrease when a premium project is focused upon instead of aligning the day to day work schedules. The prime focus must be on the everyday paraphernalia that drives the business. With the technological strides in the future, channelizing the workplace productivity will be the prime concern.
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