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Pope Nope: Your Business and How to Avoid Turnover Turmoil For the first time in approximately six

hundred years, a pope has resigned. As shock has reverberated throughout the Vatican and metastasized across the globe, its well worth it for governments, religious entities, and businesses (even a POS software company) to examine the imperativeness of workplace well-being and the perils of employee turnover. Trickle-down economics A major misconception in hierarchical commercial and religious organizations is that employees are only out for themselves and are just there to collect a paycheck or, in the case of the Roman Catholic church, to move up the ladder (from priest to bishop to cardinal, etc.). As an employee of a POS software company, I happen to agree with the multiple studies that show mid- and lower-level workers and congregants have more pride and enjoy a better quality of life overall if they feel as if they are contributing to their company or church in a meaningful way while being treated equally to others and, in the case of corporations, earning a livable wage. This quandary may best illustrate what has occurred within the Catholic Church. This is an organization that is largely based on blind faith and worship for a select few who have made it to the top. As scandals have occurred within the organization, the church has tried to stifle those who wish to make the truth known for the betterment of the church. Libert, galit, fraternit The motto of France is just as it reads: liberty, equality, brotherhood. The fallacy in taking this maxim literally is that it is largely what has gone awry within the Vatican and as well as corporate America. For example, nuns within the Catholic Church have at times been vilified for their wanting better treatment and equality for women. Scandal-plagued priests, contrarily, have been judiciously represented from the highest ranks of the church. In corporate America, we often face similar (if not quite to the extent of) problems within the workplace. On average, women with the same credentials as men in the workplace make $0.75 to every dollar men make. In various positions, I myself have been told that, as a woman, Ive been expected to be more comforting to clients via phone. Its also been made abundantly clear to me that I am expected to make less than some for the sake of the company. How strange in this day and age, after graduating with honors at a top college in the United States and taking part in gender-equality classes. Just as the Church has at times forsaken those who, like many pious nuns, have by all accounts earned more on merit, many corporations favor those who endear themselves to the higher-ups at the expense of those who just want to do their jobs well and should not feel ashamed to expect to live reasonably comfortable lives. So what can we do to solve the predicament of workplace well-being? If its rampant among varied (and various) industries, then the root problem must be addressed. This may mean that cardinals, bishops,

and CEOs alike will have to foster a more equal, equitable, and open environment for everyone from the bottom of the totem pole to the top.