a reply to: JAGStorm
what many people fail to realize, or just to be honest don't want to know is that there are many reasons for this issue.and as you have said,
unemployment money is just a small part of it, if it is even a part of it at all. but it does make a convenient excuse that people can rile at, while
they ignore the real issues behind it.
the biggest problem is that right now there is a ton of what people consider good jobs
out there, open and theirs to apply for. the ONLY REASON
people have in the past have taken such "crap jobs"
is that they felt they had no choice. had no choice because for many people, regardless of
skills and education, they were the only jobs open and available to them. and right now that situation is not being seen to exist. and as a result
those "crap jobs"
are being completely ignored. even worse for those crap job employers, their currant staff are seeing the same things, and
thus are quitting, as they also try to get those good jobs
that are now available. and the fact it is not just people not applying for those
jobs, but are also leaving those jobs, actually shows that it has nothing to do with unemployment money.
and so the simple fact is that these so called crap jobs want staff, then they need to deal with why people consider them crap jobs in the first
place. and pay is of course a part of it, it is not everything. of course these businesses are free to ignore this, and just not have staff for a
couple or so years until the job market goes back to normal
, where once again people will feel they have no other choice but to take these crap
jobs, once again out of desperation. and one thing more that i suspect has helped greatly in making the problem worse, is all the commenting the last
few years on articles about people in these jobs wanting fair pay for their work. comments like "if they want to make more money, they should go
get a better job"
. and that is EXACTLY what we are seeing right now. and ironically it's many of those same people who made such comments now
whining about the actually doing so.
so what is a "good job", and a "crap job?
a "good job". first a lot of it may be pay rates. not much menial, physical labor. jobs like desk jobs, where you sit most of the time instead of
standing. full time hours. steady scheduling, such as 9-5, monday through friday. decent treatment by management, and especially those they "serve"
and come into contact with. a feeling they might be actually doing something they might be proud to say they do.
so what are conditions like in retail and restaurants, known as "crap jobs". typically minimum wage, or even under minimum wage
dependent on the generosity of the public they serve to be "paid". something that needs to be outlawed). spending most of you shift on your feet.
doing menial, physical labor. hours are not only not generally full time, but in many cases nowhere near steady. you might work 10 hours one week, and
30 hours another week. which means not having a reliable, steady income. and shifts can be all over the clock, any day of the week. which makes it
hard to do things or plan things outside of work hours, typically only knowing what your shifts are maybe two weeks in advance. such jobs are known
for having management harassing you, to get more and more work for their measly wages. and outright abused, even physically assaulted by customers,
typically over things that said employee has no control over in the first place. made to feel like they deserve to be abused, and be poor, because
they don't have a "good job"
so which type of job are you going to look for? which is really what the currant problem is. the ONLY reason people have taken these crap jobs", is
because they were the only jobs available. and right now there are many "good jobs" available.
now these crap jobs could find the employees they need by doing two things. first fix the problems they are known for. such as giving full time hours.
by giving steady scheduling, even if those shifts are something like 3pm to midnight, and say sunday thru thursday, or tuesday to saturday. you would
be surprised at how people might actually WANT to work such a shift steadily. they can treat their staff better. and adopt no tolerance
policies against irate customers. such as, if said custumer starts yelling or abusing staff, they are immediately kicked out and management refusing
to even listen to their complaints. of course not everything can be nicely fixed, and that is where wages come into play even more. make it WORTH
doing the labor, and dealing with the a$$hole public, by paying them that much more to make said job competitive with the "good jobs". likely paying
MORE than those "good jobs, to make the crap job seen as the better choice for the prospective employee.