The Importance of Labor – Manual Labor

There are all sorts of different kinds of labor out there in the world today, and in this article, we are going to talk about manual labor. More specifically we are going to detail exactly why manual labor is an important part of any successful business that requires it.

A great example of manual labor comes in the form of the pencil factory example, which is where we will set the stage for the rest of our argument. In such a pencil-making business, the business owner gathers all of the material required to build a pencil such as wood, graphite, paint, rubber, etc. And after some magic, the materials are miraculously turned into pencils which the business owner can now sell for a handsome profit.

But wait, is that really what happens? No of course not! Because the truth is that instead of “magic” that makes the pencil materials turn into actual pencils, it is actual manual labor. Without manual labor, those pencil materials will just stay that way indefinitely. And without actual pencils to sell, the business owner will not make any money.

Now in today’s day and age, there is obviously something we need to discuss – the advent of technology. For many of you manual laborers out there, you may be worried about technology taking your jobs so to speak. With automation becoming so big nowadays, there is always that risk. However, the risk is quite honestly mitigated due to the simple fact that automated machinery is expensive. Instead of paying lower wages (relatively speaking) to humans to do the manual labor themselves, machines cost a lot more money, potentially up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. And just as importantly, they cost everything upfront right when the machine is purchased and installed. And the fact of the matter is that most business owners are not willing to shell out that kind of money, and especially not all at once.

Plus there are constant maintenance and other costs involved with certain types of machinery, meaning that even if you pay for your brand new shiny equipment all up front, you may still be paying for it down the line in some capacity. And that’s not even getting into outright replacing your machinery after a few years, which costs just as much (if not more) than your original purchase.

Now yes, companies that can afford to purchase and take on the risk of such expensive automation equipment will certainly do it, because it is better for them in the long run. But these companies are quite limited – only the most successful companies that have been around for a long time are typically the ones making such expensive purchases. So for the small startup companies with financial limitations or companies that are simply more cognizant of their spending habits, manual labor is the way to go. And that is where you, the low-skilled worker, comes into play. No matter how advanced technology gets, there is always a need for manual labor, if at the very least in startup businesses with less cash to spend. That necessity will never completely go away, meaning that your manual labor will always have value somewhere in the world.