Labor and the worth thereof has been historically tied with the intrinsic value of man and the social, moral, philosophical and economic evolution of society itself.
When debating about the betterment of man, political and economic systems, psychology or social behavior, all through the eyes of labor and its meaning to humanity, we come across deep and rooted implications that shed light on the importance of employment law, prevention and labor legislation around the world.
Theodore Roosevelt believed that no man needed sympathy because he had to work. In fact, he stated that the best price life had to offer was a chance to work hard at something worth doing. Roosevelt also believed that it was only through labor and effort that man may move on to better things.
In the XXIst Century much has been said, written and speculated about workaholics, overachievers and an unhealthy attachment to the workplace. Many are concerned about work becoming an addiction, though these believers would have to argue with the great Voltaire who coined the phrase “Our labor preserves us from the three great evils: weariness, vice and want.”
On the political aspect, the arguments and conflicts around labor have had a long and challenging history regarding wealth and work; William Howard Taft argued that socialism proposed no adequate substitute for the enlightened feeling of enterprise and creation for all mankind. Another great capitalist, John D. Rockefeller was known for saying “I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.”
These great men have been historically rivaled by other great men and minds like Karl Marx who believed that the production of too many useful things could result in too many useless people, and who in many ways spoke against private property.
As specialized labor and employment attorneys, the importance of labor, productivity and healthy labor and employment relations is the key to our existence and the cornerstone of our efforts. In many ways, literally and not theoretically we get a front row seat to personally attest to what and how important a healthy labor environment can be for an individual, for a family, a company and for society. Finding meaning and reciprocity in labor and employment relations is in many ways a foundation for all people and thereafter businesses and civilizations. In the era of information, technology, and advancement, robots have not taken over the workforce, in fact some may argue that they have given more meaning and value to the human aspect of work and production. Now more than ever, with employees having the ability to be informed in real time, the value of human ability and anthropological interaction is key to success. More than a political, historical or social discourse, now, in the era of technology is the time to be more human at work and to call for more interaction, more meaning and better and more stable labor relations.
Juan José Díaz Mirón
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