Magazine article Workforce Management

Work in Progress: OCCUPY WALL STREET, THE TEA PARTY AND YOU

Magazine article Workforce Management

Work in Progress: OCCUPY WALL STREET, THE TEA PARTY AND YOU

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OCCUPY WALL STREET and the Tea Party may occupy opposite sides of the political spectrum. But these two protest movements share some common ground. And the overlapping, seething sentiment amounts to a warning sign for companies to shape up as employers, sellers and stewards of the community.

The growing worldwide protests of the "99 percent" are aimed largely at big banks. The Tea Party directs its anger at government.

What these two social movements have in common, however, is distrust of large institutions. Each also reflects broad frustration with an uncertain economy and a sense that the little guy is at the mercy of larger forces. Consider these finding from polling firm Gallup. The percentage of Americans who have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in big business has slipped from 28 percent to 19 percent in the past decade. Confidence in the U.S. Congress has fallen during the same period from 26 percent to 12 percent.

To their credit, Americans of different political stripes are not sitting passively in the face of economic problems. …

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