So Much Speculation.
Cristal M Clark
I keep seeing these poorly written articles with regards to why workers are quitting jobs lately and you know it’s all speculation really. Most of them are saying it boils down to one reason.
Some say it’s because employees want more money, others are saying employees want better life balance, while others are saying employees are sick of being mistreated by managers, bosses, co-workers and customers and form many employees, they want to work from home still. Lastly, employees want to be heard right? Companies either don’t take suggestions or they do it in such a way that it causes so much work drama that it never really changes anything.
The truth of the matter is actually pretty simple, the reason employees are quitting is not one reason over the other but rather all of the above. For the past few decades, it’s been the employer on the top of the food chain, employees feared losing a job, now it’s the employees that are calling the shots and driving change in the job market which is a long overdue correction that needed to happen.
When a company allows owners, shareholders and upper management to become wealthy while doing very little work not to mention not having one single idea as to how the day to day actually runs within an organization, it poisons the well so to speak. Employees are tired of working themselves to death and having very little show for it. Let’s be honest, most business owners and board members if forced to do it, would be unable to actually successfully run the day to day operations of the organizations they gleefully claim to run. They don’t run the organization, the underpaid staff does. That staff gets your customers, readers, fan base whatever you want to call, it’s your people not your brands that make it happen. Besides the idea of branding is a dying dinosaur since the cat is out of the bag that it is in fact, your employees that make it happen.
When employees who’ve been with an organization for 3 or more years start thinking about leaving, it’s a sign that something deep within the organization has in fact not been working and damage will be difficult to navigate and mitigate once long term employees start to leave.
For many it is about a living wage, which is significantly higher than minimum wage in the United States, every state’s minimum wage is so much lower than what an actual living wage is. It is sickening and has allowed employers to exploit workers. It is akin to modern day slavery. Then again so is work life balance and work life balance is not always just about days off, weekends, or sick time it has a lot more to do with flexibility.
The one thing that strikes me as funny about all of this are the employers whining about not being able to hire staff. Waitstaff for instance, instead of whining about why you cannot hire anyone, maybe try changing how you pay these folks, like oh I don’t know, offer a living wage and stop making your goddamn staff live off of tips. Start a trend here in the US, you know something like that.
Retail is the same, and the same could be said about hiring people at living wages. Ever wonder why people who are out of work flock to work at Starbucks? They pay a decent wage, bump wages up quickly, have tuition programs and offer a really good benefit package to employees. That shows when you visit a Starbucks, the employees are happy, fun, engaging and enjoy slinging coffee.
The solution to the employee shortage is literally staring every employer in the face, what is remarkably funny is that many employers still don’t want to admit it and still don’t want to do the right thing.
What’s worse than not having enough workers? This supply chain shortage right? Well, that’s not all staff shortage issues it will however add to the stress of hiring currently. Cyber attacks are playing an even bigger role in quite a bit of things than anyone realizes yet.
Cristal M Clark