If you still spend much time on that more well know, but lesser adored platform Facebook, you have no doubt seen posts similar to this on your feed. Assuming you follow some of your local businesses on there. If not, then what in the world are you doing on there? Playing Bejeweled?
Lately I haven't been able to go a day or two without seeing at least one of these types of messages popping up on my feed. It is a sad reminder of how the pandemic is continuing to impact our lives even though the numbers are reportedly decreasing.
What businesses have been left with is a barrel scrape of talent in a barrel that has sadly been empty for quite some time. I don't think businesses even have the luxury of picking top talent these days. It is basically a warm body that you can put in a position.
@cryptoandcoffee wrote a post the other day that is a perfect example of this, lamenting the fact that customer service has all but flown out the window.
I am sure there are plenty of opinions on what led to this...
With the pandemic closing down businesses completely or for take out service only, many were forced to cut staff. Those employees then moved on to either find something else, receive unemployment, or just be totally out of luck.
Now that businesses are opening back up at a limited capacity for dine in customers, they are struggling to bring back those employees they could count on before. As I said, they either moved on and are happy where they are now, they are content living off of unemployment, or they simply moved out of state. That last one actually happens a lot around the country.
I will be honest, I was very blinded to the plight that is taking place in our communities during this whole thing. Working in public education, my job was fairly secure. Neither my wife nor I were forced to take any time off. Sure, I read about businesses shutting down, but I never realized the true impact it was having because I was still able to order my favorite foods and pick them up when I wanted.
Now that the clouds are starting to clear, it is becoming very obvious the vastness of the destruction and disruption that this whole thing has caused.
This isn't just the food service industry either. I have seen countless reports and advertisements for manufacturing and processing plants that need workers to fill positions. A local business the other day was offering to fully train employees with zero experience to be a CNC operator.
There is a huge chicken shortage because they can't get employees to work in the processing plants...
The good news is, there are jobs out there for people that want them. More than they are able to fill. Which doesn't really fit in line with the unemployment numbers we are hearing. I guess that is the difference between having to work and wanting to work. Or something like that.
I think we all know what the reaction would be if they offered some of these jobs to the line of people who are waiting at the Mexican border to enter the US...
I'm just going to leave it at that.
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