The value of work cannot be overstated. If you love what you’re doing — great. If you don’t, studies demonstrate that even mundane jobs carry broad psychic and material benefits.
Work begets self-reliance and dignity. It provides resources to live, engage with society, and establish an identity. It stabilizes families. It makes social and economic mobility possible.
Yet public policy often ignores the value of work, and discounts the harmful physical and mental impacts of the lack of work. Massachusetts’ just-passed increase in the earned income tax credit is a welcome exception: It will help people stay in the workplace, acquiring experience and skills, and, unlike a minimum wage hike, it won’t decrease the number of jobs available. Read the rest of this column in The Boston Globe…
Note: Watch a video interview of Newburyport manufacturing CEO and On-the-Job Training advocate Michael Munday, who was highlighted in the column above. Read about his Better Government Competition winning proposal here.