Editor's Notebook

Workplace Issues in the Presidential Debate: Did I Miss It?

As a blogger hoping to get some meaty content relevant to the workplace, Clinton and Trump gave us more bologna than porterhouse.

My guess is that you are sorely disappointed if you are an employer or involved in some form of people management hoping to glean insight to presidential candidates’ positions on workplace-related issues the morning after the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. WF_WebSite_BlogHeaders-10

I would be. And as a blogger hoping to get some meaty content to write about today, well, what I got was more like bologna than a juicy porterhouse. Really, if you ran to the fridge you missed it. On the first question regarding achieving prosperity, Clinton touched on her familiar stands — raising the minimum wage, paid family leave, child care benefits and equal pay for women.

Trump gave us no inkling where he stands on these issues. It was about job creation — cutting taxes, which would allow business expansion, create jobs and hire more people. And there was the condemnation of trade deals NAFTA and TPP and criticizing Clinton for wanting to boost regulations and generally create an anti-business climate.

Beyond that — nada. I know, wonky employer policy stuff doesn’t sell. It was almost like, let’s get this out of the way so we can move onto race relations, releasing tax returns and 33,000 deleted emails.

And sure, Clinton’s workplace mentions hit on old party standards. And it’s not hard to understand that the current climate wouldn’t change much if Clinton wins.

Getting these policy thoughts out of Trump would be much more fascinating. He’s at least proposed a child care plan, and it would have been keen to hear him speak on it in a debate format.

Yes, we have two more debates left. But this seemed to be the one that would drill down into the things employers want to know. And I’m sure employers, as well as journalists covering this stuff, were left hungry for more.

Rick Bell is the editorial director for Workforce. Comment below or email rbell@workforce.com.

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