DISCLAIMER: This is not addressed to those who are unable due to medical conditions or legitimate circumstances that prevent you from working.
I have noticed twice in the last month that restaurants are unable to function at normal capacity due to being understaffed. This is ridiculous! Pardon me for being so straightforward, but there are so many people looking for work right now. Why are they not being hired, or why are there so many vacant positions? Here are some of my thoughts. Take them for what they are worth.
- Some people will not hire those they consider overqualified. When I was looking for employment, many did not understand why a guy with a Masters degree was coming to them for a job. Guess what? I needed money. I wanted to make an honest living. Churches within my previous denomination wouldn’t touch me with a 10-foot pole due to my separation and upcoming divorce, so I just wanted work (even if it meant making 1/5 of what I was making).
- Some managers have low hiring standards, leading to frequent turnover and wasted money during the hiring process. A pulse does not indicate a good worker.
- Some people are not a good fit for a position. They and/or the company discover that the person who was hired has other gifts, but the skill set required for this position may not be present so they end up out of a job. If you have a bad memory, don’t be a waiter. Or it would be like me being a bartender when I am clueless about alcoholic drinks. Apply for something you can be trained to do and do well.
- Many people want a paycheck but do not want to work for it. They want a title without responsibility. They want a desk without duties. Need I continue? You get the point – some people are LAZY!
One of the men in our church who is called to ministry preached last week about entitlement. The entitlement mentality infects the workplace. People expect certain rights because of gender, race, age, etc. When you and I understand that we are not entitled or deserving but receive good things from God because of grace, that changes the perspective.
The bottom line is that I have no right to parade my big white behind around my workplace and think anything other than “I’m here to work. How can I serve this company, be a blessing, and fulfill my job to the best of my ability?” If you have a job, go in tomorrow with that mentality. If not, look for a job with that mentality in mind. It just might change things.