“Labour Pains”

May 6, 2008 at 4:58 am 1 comment

Posted by Nick

The “Economist” has long provided an overtly pro-market perspective to my weekly reading. A recent article caught my attention with its byline, “A talent shortage hits green startups”, and its source city: San Francisco.

Good timing, Bright Green SF.

The article goes on to decry the talent shortage in the Bay Area experienced by green firms. It mentioned a New England bootcamp for non-greenies where they green up their credentials to then join the green workforce. Great idea–but is it necessary?

In many way, green jobs are just combination of a good ole fashion 9a-5p with passion and purpose mixed in for better results. Advocating for a greener, cleaner job can begin with a basic assertion that there’s a smarter, more sustainable way to do one’s job. Better processes, cleaner products, more sustainable results. The equation holds true from cleaning bathrooms to building power generation plants. My gut reaction: don’t get caught up in the concept of a green job (this from a green recruiter). Green’s all around us–whether at home or work. It’s primarily a question of how you engage with your employment that determines whether it’s a labour pain or pleasure that keeps you paid.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Susan  |  May 6, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    That is pretty interesting. You definitely got to love what you do…especially employment- to stay happy.

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