Wages ≠ Worth Low Wage ≠ Low Skill When our job markets and workplaces don't "get it", people earn less, learn less. We solve fewer problems, and make less progress. Let’s get over it. More in my latest column…
Don't confuse low wages with low skills. Don't mistake degrees for knowledge. Hire for what people are ready and able to learn tomorrow, not what credentials are on their resumes today. #SaturdayThoughts
Too often, research infers skills from observed wages, often because of data limitations. But that’s no excuse for speech, theory, or policy that treats them as the same. Read ⁦⁩ ‘s new article about this.
Low Wage, Not Low Skill: Why Devaluing Our Workers Matters via
Restaurant servers, farm workers, home health care aides etc do quality control + project management, optimize time tradeoffs + social-emotional dynamics. Yes they are low wage. Why do we call them low-skill? For a deeper dive, see my article.👇🏾
"More than a skills gap, we have an opportunity gap..." Thank you for illuminating what must change for equity & justice (& healthy econ & orgs)
Excellent #mustread by on the skills workers actually have and the value they bring. What I like about this is how skills are the things people know how to do -- not just what their resume says they might have learned in school
"When we stereotype or lazily assume low-wage workers to be “low skill,” it reinforces an often unspoken & pernicious view that they lack intelligence & ambition, maybe even the potential to master “higher-order” skilled work." in
!!! Low wage, not low skill: Every day, these workers pour their intelligence and ingenuity, craft and creativity, and sometimes mind-boggling resourcefulness into jobs where these attributes are sometimes appreciated, but rarely rewarded (via )
Nice piece by ⁦⁩ on excellent & necessary distinction between low wage & low skill. They are not the same. Equating them undermines the dignity of our workers.