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Come On, Man: They Don’t Want to Work for YOU

Come On, Man: They Don’t Want to Work for YOU

I find it more than ironic that employers are complaining (and the media exploiting) the belief that “people don’t want to come back to work,” or “everyone is looking for a new career.” Consequently, they have to reduce services and hours, or hire people not qualified for the job. (Don’t you love EVERY call center message beginning with, “Due to unusually high call volume levels….” They’re simply going to make you wait for a long time, hoping you’ll go away.)

The real accountability is that employers are not making it attractive to work for them and expect people to take unrewarding and/or low paying jobs.

Imagine if all bus drivers quit because they could get better, higher paying jobs? Bus companies would have to increase pay and improve working conditions. They’d have to reallocate their investments or raise prices. But they couldn’t simply allow buses to sit idle if they wanted to stay in business.

The current whining is an abdication of responsibility. If the job is important for your business, then create an environment that makes it attractive to qualified people. Why do you think some restaurants are fully staffed and some aren’t? Because some owners are making the place attractive to workers, and some are simply bemoaning their fate.

(“Due to unusually high levels of ineptitude….”)

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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