In a world in the process of economic progress through automation and other technological breakthroughs, employers tend to be prevented from moving forward by their own limited vision of the potential labour market available, and most workers have a limited image of the vocational possibilities open to them. In-service training and retraining efforts are not structured to provide new vocational possibilities which would allow the efficient expansion of present economic benefits and movement into new areas of economic services and goods. Potential productivity is also hindered by society's narrow definitions of roles, which limit by sex, age, or race the jobs open to large sections of the labour market.
In general, working people are no longer sociologically related to a vision of the social necessity of their work, that of providing for an adequate livelihood in a community. They lack a creative social attitude to their work as being for the good of the community. The result is that workers can no longer be held accountable for the good of the community, and conversely, that the community cannot be held accountable for the livelihood which is its responsibility to them. This blocks the trend toward recovering the role of worker and a new consciousness of work as corporate engagement.