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!

Friday, May 14, 2010


It has been written that variety is the spice of life BUT it seems many seek to homogenize the world by establishing their own values as the standard to which others should be measured. To these short-sighted souls, walking a mile in another’s shoes means that others would be wise to follow the path they have chosen, and the thought of sharing the lifestyle of another (and possibly growing from the differences) would be but an effort in futility!

Why is it so hard for some to accept that all have value and worth in the world just as they are, choosing instead to either pull those that “have not” up OR to drag those that “have” down? To those seeking to change the world – have you ever considered that not all wish to change? To those seeking equality for all – have you considered that equity might be a better alternative? Why do some make their lives more difficult by trying to change all things rather than only those that can (or should) be altered?

As summer approaches, take a step back and accept the “person” within each personality you meet. Elevate each individual without reducing their individuality to but a reflection of what you think they should be. Accept life as it is and others as they are – perhaps you can share the happiness they’ve found within a less complicated existence!