People don't act to improve employment because they don't know

The classic Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." While there is wisdom in expressing shortcomings, there is also harm in ignorance. A smart person may be marked by his or her ability to admit when he or she does not know something but is that always wise?

Philosophers like Aristotle make a living by raising life's biggest questions and attempting to answer them. Aristotle admitted that he knew little, but he still committed his life to the love of wisdom. When we gain knowledge and wisdom, how should we apply it to everyday life?

Knowledge is power

Knowledge gives people the power to live their best. The abstract may seem to have little bearing on our day-to-day routine, but the "big ifs" can be answered with the right awareness. The daily grind of work, familial obligations and bill payments can seem meaningless without the right end goal in mind. When times get tough in life, we often rely on our personal mantras or philosophies to make it through.

When we go to work, we rely on the paycheck to support ourselves and our families. We pay the bills, contribute to our children's college savings and then put some away for ourselves in hopes of achieving our dreams of retirement to a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains. A paycheck is just a number, but it can play a major part in whether or not we achieve our own personal goals in life.

How can knowledge empower employees to live their best?

Do you earn enough at work to achieve your dreams? Recent social efforts have attempted to ensure that employees are paid fairly for their work. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) points out that women, on average, earn 79 cents for every dollar men earn.

State law tries to combat that statistic through the Tennessee Equal Pay Act, which prohibits employers from paying qualified employees different rates for the same work based on sex. Still, workplace culture often suppresses open conversations about salary, according to SHRM.

In fact, lack of information about pay disparity may play the largest role in wage suppression, according to SHRM. With the right awareness, employees are empowered to improve their circumstances. If knowledge is power, then knowing is half the battle.

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