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originally posted by: SeekingAlpha
I am a manager of a multi-national corporation with presence in over 100 countries. I have seen the world and worked with the best that other countries have to offer building power plants, stadiums, harbors, and streets. As I watch the news tonight about Trump's win, the consensus was that white working class America is being left behind and the vote for Trump is a vote for their hopes and aspirations.
Whether Clinton or Trump won the election, I'm sorry to say that there is nothing realistically we can do to save the uneducated working class; regardless of race. When I work in the midwest on projects, I hired both non-skilled and skilled employees. The non-skilled employees were generally not very productive. They did not work that hard, they always called in sick to go hunting, and wanted high pay for doing something that frankly a robot can do. Some of them learned HR rules and played the game where they became very disruptive for moral on a project team.
When I work out of the US, I have project teams that are insanely over qualified, they have good attitudes, and are 100% committed to completing the project at hand, and are willing to work 60-70 hour weeks to get the job done for 1/2 the pay. Some of these people are so good at what they do and have an insatiable work ethic that we petition for them to move here to the US on an H-1-B visa. One of my best project teams consists of engineers and project managers from China, India, Cameroon, and Egypt with 3 other US born employees. My worst project team is 100% US born. This team of 6 people has two that are carrying the weight and with the other four employees that are always looking to dish work onto others and not be accountable.
I use these examples to illustrate how the needs of a corporation has unfortunately passed by these struggling working class people in the "rust belt" areas of America. No matter what Trump tries to do, these jobs just are not coming back....and even if they did, I would rather bring in someone on an H-1-B visa that has engineering experience who will take 1/2 the pay and produce twice the amount of work with 1000% less BS.
You add that on to the fact that our technology has become so advanced now that we can scrap many non-skilled positions at our company to reduce overhead.
My heart really goes out to these people because they don't have an option and are being left behind. But, they aren't doing anything to improve their position in life so hanging their hopes on a person who will not be able to deliver for them is truly going to be very disappointing for these working class people.