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!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


When people choose to take the path of least resistance, they often diminish their ability to establish individuality. They suffer in silence rather than identifying and addressing the issues that most concern them. Peer pressure drives decisions, many times creating a “flock” mentality that leads individuals towards an ill-conceived destination. Saying “no” to the crowd – and in doing so establishing one’s own hopes, dreams and reality – should never be viewed as detrimental to the whole.

Would the steam engine have been invented had Fulton listened to the crowd? Would space exploration have been possible had the Wright brothers listened to their critics? What might YOU be able to accomplish – what potential might you be able to realize – if you “march to your own drummer” rather than listening to the tunes composed by others?

Many people try to be “something they are not” by burying their own values. Rather than trying to be what everyone else may wish you were, make the most of your individuality through the expression of your thoughts through words and actions. In the long run it is easier to build upon the firm foundation of truth and reality than to construct life upon deception's shifting sands!