Thursday, March 26, 2009

Teaching Employees How to Fish

My article "Teaching Employees How to Fish" appears in the March 19, 2009 issue of of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Career Insider.

"I would argue that the softer benefits — especially job search, networking and outsourcing advice — are more important than severance dollars in helping employees. These can be provided more cheaply in-house and provide more bang for the buck than SUB, severance or other benefits.

"My point that education is more important than direct dollars is based on the saying of an ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu: 'Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.' It is beneficial to both employers and employees to encourage the development of skills by which employees who are laid off can cushion the blow and recover easily."

Read the whole thing here.

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