At times it is difficult to decipher whether a hiccup in the economy that occurs is positive or negative. In many instances it can be both, similar to a battery being positive on one end and negative on the opposite end. As you know for the last ten years or so, the “in-thing to do” has been for corporate America to downsize employees as a means of cutting lavish spending rather than stakeholders monitoring the expensive taste that many CEOs have developed.

This downsizing/merging usually means that if a department is eliminated from the budget then it will become another department’s responsibility to absorb that work and keep the business flowing as usual. We think you will agree that this is a positive money glitch for the corporation (less money being spent on salaries) and a negative for the employees (that now find themselves without jobs).

Ten years ago, when this seesaw effect repeatedly began employees were a little disgruntle maybe, however with adjustments they were able to take on the workload of the job positions that were eliminated. A good analogy of this would be that if one places a few grains of salt in water one will not notice a drastic difference in taste. However, imagine placing a few grains of salt in the water consistently every month for ten years. Eventually, one will have salt water instead of the good drinking water from the beginning. The same thing happens when things are too positive or too negative. Note, that this thought will be examined further.

But, for now many Americans are saying they are happy to have a job during this recession. We agree that by all rights you should have gratitude for being employed when so many others are not. However, if you’re grateful, yet feeling that you are overworked and under paid; chances are that you are absolutely correct. The Labor Department has issued its productivity figures for the second quarter a week ago. Those figures show that our present workforce produced 6.4 percent more goods and services in the second quarter this year than this time last year.