Unemployment has affected every family, in one way or another. Other than the financial loss, what is the personal and emotional cost to the unemployed, and their family?
In Psychology Today, Dr. John L. Manni states, “The research clearly indicates that unemployment creates a level of prolonged stress which can be debilitating in terms of one's physical and mental wellbeing”.
Thank you Dr. John. I have too many friends out of work, including a few family members.
My younger brother Thad has been working at a large printing company for 22 years. A few years ago, his team of five was reduced to three. Unfortunately, two of his coworkers were put out to pasture.
When I asked Thad how he felt about the changes in his team, he mentioned that he could not do, or say, a thing. From that day forward, their team of three had to cover the work for five.
My brother did not complain. He put his nose to the grindstone and worked even longer hours . . . until May of 2012, when the team, of three was forced into early retirement.
Although, Thad received a good severance package, he is young, has three children, and needed employment. Thad was reluctant to tell any of us what had occurred.
I knew my brother's work ethic. We were taught the principles of work from a young age. Thad never would have left the company. He was committed, faithful and loyal to his employer.
Many families have been caught in the traumatic cycle of unemployment, underemployment, or employment that leaves them dissatisfied, frustrated, and discouraged at the end of the week.
With the assistance of several good persons, I am happy to announce, the Community Employment Fair coming, this Saturday. In the course of serving community families, I have coordinated an effort to bring together those who are searching for employees with those seeking employment.
This Saturday, Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., my committee is sponsoring a Community Employment Fair, in Jackson County. If you haven't already heard, we invite you and your friends to attend.
As an employer, I have learned that it is not always easy finding good people. My business is growing, as we are now serving those who are aging. I am hiring, and there aren't enough daytime hours to interview.
Personally, I like the idea of meeting several candidates at one time.
Many businesses are hiring, not only to replace summer help or to get a jump on seasonal workers, but simply because they need friendly reliable employees.
This Saturday's Community Employment Fair is very exciting to me.
The Fair will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 1416 S.W. 19th St. in Blue Springs. I express my appreciation to Bishop John McCarty who has permitted the use of the building.
Missouri State Full Employment Council, Lee's Summit's Manpower, the Independence Employment Resource Center, local colleges, and multiple employers will be present with employment information, applications, and will offer “on the spot” interviews.
If you are a business owner (large or small), please attend. The steps are simple.
Email Communityemploymentfair@yahoo.com to reserve a table. Arrive by 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. Bring your business information, application forms, and plan to interview.
If you are a job seeker, please attend. Beginning at 9 a.m., you will have a 120 minute window, an excellent opportunity, to drop in and perhaps secure employment.
John Dewey stated, “To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.”
My brother Thad would concur.
Diane Mack is coordinator of Putting Families First, Jackson County’s Family Week Foundation. Email her at jacksoncountyfamilyweek@yahoo.com or visit www.jacksoncountyfamilyweek.org.