A a few months ago, we wrote an op-ed asking the public to be generous and understanding when going out to eat or shopping in a retail store. For whatever reason, hiring for these types of jobs has been a real challenge in recent months as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We updated the hiring challenges over the weekend, and while it seems to have improved for some, others are still struggling to find reliable employees who can do a good job.
With that in mind, we encourage you to continue to insist on patience when you are on the move. These retail and restaurant positions are all essential jobs that often have low wages and long lines of customers to deal with. And unfortunately, some of these customers are impatient, don’t understand, and are in a bad mood.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Everyone hates standing in line or looking for a waiter who has seemingly disappeared at a restaurant, but it’s not the most important thing that happens in our lives, either. It’s a little speed bump during the day, and hopefully that’s how you see it, especially now when these companies are struggling to find good workers.
For example, many waiters can help more tables than normal right now, so keep that in mind if your sweet tea glass has been empty for an extended period of time.
There is also another way to help.
Not only should you keep going to your favorite restaurants and stores as a sign of support, but also keep all available positions in mind. Often the best way to find out about a vacancy is by word of mouth, and people often appreciate what their friends and family have to say.
It’s much nicer than an Indeed or Monster job posting. If you know someone who might be a good fit for you, tell them about the job.
We value everyone in these industries because they provide an essential service and give us an outlet when we are away from work or spending time with family. Keep this in mind when shopping or dining out.