Sunday, October 31, 2021

A New Addiction

Well, that last one scared even me.  It was too long ago to remember what I was feeling at the time, so there's no explaining it.  Plus, my brain- and my creative abilities- have hit a wall that I hope is only temporary.  Anyway, this post's about addiction.  I'm struggling with an addiction of sorts, though not in the way you're probably thinking.  I'm addicted to a particular jobs website because I'm having employment issues.  Don't get me wrong- I've got a decent job, but things change, you know, life changes.  I've been poring over job listings, sucking up all the time I'd ordinarily be writing or reading, eagerly rising at ridiculous hours, hurrying to log in and enter all sorts of search terms.  One thing that's become crazy clear: employers should pay closer attention.  With staffing shortages, changes brought on by the pandemic and workers emboldened by new opportunities like working from home, starting their own businesses and the like , it's looking from the amount of time I spend searching like employers aren't catching on and upping their salary game to keep up with what's going on.  In my field of "expertise" which shall for the time be left unknown the salary ranges I'm seeing posted are insulting.  But it's not only in jobs for which I'd be qualified.  All fields seem to be sorely, disgustingly lacking.  Many employers should be embarrassed by what wallet squalor they're offering vs. the qualifications they're looking for.  I don't get it, especially in this age of new flexibility for job seekers.  In my particular field alone there are countless positions requiring degrees and boundless experience, yet offering hourly salaries that would make highschoolers scoff.   

16 comments:

  1. Hi, b.a.f.!

    That doesn't surprise me! "The Man" wants you to think he's doing you a great big favor by hiring you. It's a wonder he doesn't expect you to pay HIM for the privilege. Yet, I have occasionally read about employers that flip the script and treat their employees well, recognize that they are a valuable and essential resource and offer them generous compensation and benefits. A happy worker is a productive worker and also a loyal one. The cost of training new employees for positions in a company with a revolving door is greater in the long run than keeping its current workers happy.

    Good luck to you, my friend. Have a fun Halloween and come over and visit me again soon at Shady's Place Music & Memories!

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  2. My daughter was telling me about that when she was looking for a job. Thankfully she found one close to home and is liking it but companies just don't care about their employees.

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    1. Overall that's the way it seems these days, Mary. Thanks.

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  3. I agree! I have noticed that also. Seems like they want entry level employees to do the job of experienced workers.

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    1. It's crazy, isn't it? I got so mad the other day- found a very attractive position that was right up my alley at a nearby university with a mile-long list of requirments, but the salary was almost $16,000 below what I get now.

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  4. It's beyond miserable, in a horrid way.
    Used to be the case that you worked hard and made ends meet. Now hard workers can't get jobs, but if they do, they certainly don't see ends meet. Sorry.

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  5. Of course. What they want to do is shame people for not wanting to work for crummy salaries for no benefits. "People don't want to work!!!" they cry, while not paying a decent wage and demanding they come in early and stay late for no money.

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    1. I cringe whenever I read about some uppity a-hole saying people don't want to work!

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  6. That is too bad. I was hoping the tide would turn for employees but it sounds like corporate greed and the bottom line are still more important than having happy, loyal workers. Best of luck in your search, balanced. I hope you find what you are looking for.

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    1. Thanks, Mr. Shife. Yeah, doesn't sound like things'll change anytime soon.

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  7. How odd since just about everyone is hiring. I'm sorry this is draining your creativity and wish you all the best.

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    1. Oh yes, everyone's hiring, but the pay isn't quite what it should be.

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  8. The shortages they speak of and why everywhere seems to be Hiring is due to shitty jobs, for shitty pay, and no benefits... everyone is Hiring, but if they don't Value the Applicant and expect too much for so little, they will continue to have shortages of applicants vying for Jobs nobody wants anymore. Especially during a Deadly Pandemic where damned near every Job now poses considerable risks of catching The Rona.

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