When I was a kid, I was motivated by money. More specifically, I didn’t have any, and I wanted it.
What I’d like to know now is what motivates people to apply for a job. There seems to be some judgmental snobbery going on against the big box retail stores or fast food restaurants chains and as a result they can’t find enough employees.
The simple fact is, if you want money–there are plenty of jobs out there–go get one!
At ten, I babysat. (yes, ten) and then just before my fifteenth birthday, I got hired on at McDonald’s. I was so excited that I’d make around $3/hour.
In the day of blue polyester uniforms, the menu was similar, but the style of restaurant was completely different as we’d yell the orders to the kitchen from our tills as the lineups wound out the doors of the restaurant.
To this day I can remember the McDonald’s Six Steps of Service.
- Smile and Greet the Customer
- Take the Order
- Suggestive Sell–would like a coke with that?
- Take the money, give change.
- Assemble order and give to customer
- Say Thank You and Come Again.
It was a great training ground then, and still is today.
An employee learns all about food prep, customer service, how to handle money, and how to be part of a team.
These types of skills will take you far in life.
In today’s world, no one wants to work at McDonald’s because it’s not cool. It’s seen as a lowly burger slinging job and this isn’t fair.
The doors of many restaurants just reopened after long restrictions placed on them by health services due to covid. Now, there’s a huge shortage of employees as so many who were laid off went elsewhere.
As I drive down the main street of my town, there are Help Wanted signs everywhere:
Come Work For Us–We’ll Train (White Spot)
Positions Available: $16.12 per Hour and All Benefits (McDonald’s)
Cashier’s Wanted (Wal*Mart)
GraveYard Shift Workers Wanted: (Great Canadian Super Store)
I went through the drive-thru of Starbucks the other day and there was a huge notice informing customers that they’ve had to cut the store hours because they don’t have the staff to fill the required positions. Like omg.
There are help wanted signs all over town.
The minimum wage in British Columbia is now $15.20 and there are lots of jobs available. Many places offer bonus’ and incentives.
Don’t whine to me saying that you don’t want to work at McDonald’s. Many great people (hello) got their start there.
A friend recently told me that she thought parents and social media are guilty for giving fast-food or big box retail jobs a bad rap. What do you think?
We’re all familiar with the Wal*Mart shopper pix splashed all over social media and the memes of fast food workers not caring or being made fun of because of their job.
And Hey–Did you ever threaten your kid?
“If you don’t get your education you’re going to end up working at McDonald’s!!“
The thing is, that as a corporation, there are many opportunities to grow into Management and perhaps even franchise operators/owner. There’s nothing wrong with working at McDonald’s, or Burger King, or Wendy’s, or Tim Horton’s. It’s work. Simple as that.
Places like Wal*Mart or McDonald’s are seen as the lowest of the low.
For some it’s the thought of having to deal with bitchy customers and huge corporate rules. My response to that kind of argument is that experiences in life can teach you what you want to be and what you don’t.
You have no idea what the experience is until you’re in the middle of it. Projecting negativity is a bad habit to get into.
Hey, maybe you’ll have to deal with grumpy people, but you can also learn from them to never be one yourself. Or, tuck a memory of their personality into the back of your mind and write a story about it later (that’s what I did), or learn the lesson in life of dealing with difference.
Life is not always smooth sailing. There are bumps along the way and various personalities that’ll impact your life in different ways. It’s how you chose to react where the true impact lay.
Never bow to anyone’s opinion about honest hard work.
I don’t care if you’re picking up dog poop or scraping gum off the underside of chairs… When you work for a living, nothing is “beneath” you. You are no better than the retail clerk, the server at McDonald’s, or the pooper scooper dude
The fact of the matter is, if you feel that you’re superior in any way, then you’re nothing but an entitled and judgmental person who has some life lessons to learn and maturing to do.
First lesson would be to never judge–It’s rude, unnecessary and snotty. Auntie doesn’t like snotty.
I’d like to hear from you.
Let me know what you think. Does your kid want to start as the CEO and not do the grunt work? or is there Corporate snobbery going on? A little too choosey? Would you work at McDonald’s?
What’s the solution? Hmmm….
Have a good week.
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