OK~ Just a couple days ago I observed a discussion blow up on social media. It's no secret that there is a shortage of employees in our workforce today Here in North Iowa we have signs up all over that state, "Help Wanted." It appears that our area of the country is not alone. One restaurant in the Twin Cities is now closed two days a week, due to lack of employees. How did we get to this point?
Problem #1: Now, in regards to this restaurant being closed someone chimed in with, "What can they expect? They want these teens to work nights and weekend?" I wanted to scream at the person making this comment. By the time I was in high school, in the 1980's; I was walking beans in the summertime, working on 4-H projects, getting animals ready to show at the fair, and working a part time job in a local business, which did include evenings and weekends all year long. When are our teens of today supposed to work if they don't work nights and weekends?
For whatever reason teens are now led to believe that it's the "misfits" that are working. Don't even get me going on the labeling thing. When teens have a job, they not only learn financial responsibility but they also learn how to work with others.
I worked in the 80's and I survived! I not only worked nights and weekends, I quite often ended the school day and drove directly to my part time job. School got out at 3:30 and I was at work by 3:45 p.m.. Our local mall closed at 9, so I was home by 9:30 p.m.. When I had an extra-curricular activity going on, my employer honored those activities and gave me the time off. Later on, I would end up managing a store and let me tell you this- The busiest teens were my BEST employees! And in my adult life, I also see this. If I want something done, I call up the busiest person I know. The benefit of working, is showing our kids that busy is ok, as this is teaching them how to balance life. As a busy adult, I know this to be true.
So, why are we making excuses for everything today, and I mean everything? If there's one big change I've noticed at our local grocery store, it's the fact that there are fewer teens working, as there are several folks of retired age greeting me. Many of these adults are working a second job, which got me thinking... Some of these adults also have teens that do not have a job, let alone, have a desire to find a job. I wonder how those teens will function once the real world hits?
There are teens working today, but in the grand scheme of things, a LOT of them are not being encouraged to. I know the 80's were a long time ago, but what changed? We still have bills to pay, clothes to buy, school supplies to purchase, and general living expenses. The last I checked, money did not fall off trees.
I'd love to hear your take on this...... Enlighten me as to why parents would not encourage their teens to work on the weekends and evenings. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?