Originally Posted by GordonJ
OH my goodness. My corner convenience store, a Circle K, was closed due to lack of help. For almost a full day.
They are running out of people. And the replacements are the ones who least fit into a retail environment.
Of course, most entry retail jobs suck. Low pay, long hours, no vacation time, etc.
My local Discount Drug Mart, a Northeast Ohio chain, spent several million dollars over the last couple of years upgrading the store...and today, IT SUCKS.
For one reason. CRUMMY employees. I mean, I had to disturb a cashier who was putting on fake nails, and she seemed perturbed that I wanted to check out. Today, long lines, few registers open, a nice looking stocked store where people don't want to go anymore.
We are having a labor shortage, at least for crummy jobs. I think this is fueling the underground and shadow economies, and more and more
Sanfords and Sons
Are popping up (an old TV show reference with Redd Foxx)...the pickup trucks are full of salvage these days.
Covid didn't help. Amazon and online ordering is now a mostly preferred way to shop and if the retail stores with doors still open continue to get people who really would rather be doing something else (and who could blame them?) then expect to see some MORE big name store closings in the coming months.
I think, like you, I personally don't really like being an employee, so I don't really have a lot of solutions for them...
My solution is essentially to get out, try not to be an employee, and go make work for yourself if you can!
On the other hand, there are various motivational techniques which could help in motivating employees to do a better job...
I'm constantly reading about the topic partly because I like to use it to try to motivate myself.