The Employers' Association

The Employers’ Association (TEA) is a not-for-profit employers’ association, formed in 1939, with offices in Grand Rapids serving the West Michigan employer community. We help more than 600 member companies maximize employee productivity and minimize employer liability through human resources and management advice, training, survey data, and consulting services.

TEA is in the business of helping people. This blog is intended to address human issues, concerns and the things that impact people - be they self-perpetuated or externally imposed. Feel free to respond to the thoughts presented here, for without each other, we are nothing!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Today’s world is fraught with danger. If knowledge could be considered our sword and truth our shield, understanding – the application of knowledge – would become a suit of armor surrounding us with wisdom. Don’t be lost in a fog, or let those around you be shattered upon the rocks. Life is not a spectator sport. Rather than simply watching and waiting, allow the light of your wisdom to shine through as a beacon, guiding others too busy to study and learn through the dangerous passages we all face.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I was looking out my window this past weekend and was struck how perfectly our icy set of wind chimes described the recent legislative actions of our government. I feel that the “sounds of silence” coming from reasonable voices in Congress must be akin to a wind chime blowing restlessly in the breeze as a single unit, frozen solid, waiting for spring to awaken it so that it can once again perform as designed. It’s sad that solid actions and opinions expressed “by the people” cannot thaw the cool relations between our political parties enough to have them making beautiful music together!