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Low Wage,Not LowSkill: Devaluing Workers Matter

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During a recent hotel stay, I had a conversation about how staff divides gratuities with the gentleman who brought my room service. It evolved into a master class—generously given by him—on how to manage hours and earnings in the hospitality industry. He told me the advice he gives less experienced staff on how to time joining a new hotel so they can get the tenure needed to control their schedules. I could see he didn’t just have a Plan B, but a Plan C, D and E for when his children get sick, or he’s needed on an extra shift. Every day, week and month, he manages a complex, ever-shifting matrix that would impress any director of logistics.https://www.forbes.com/sites/byronauguste/2019/02/07/low-wage-not-low-skill-why-devaluing-our-workers-matters/?utm_source=FBPAGE&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2122874847&utm_campaign=sprinklrForbesMainFB#698e3276716d
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This is the reality in our society. The money value of our talents and skills require more than just that. You have to get a degree if you want to be paid higher even if you will do the same job. But it doesn't mean that low income earners are low skilled workers.
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What is your opinion about this matter?
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I completely believe this. I have seen so many low-wage workers doing tasks with superlative effectiveness that I am just positive I couldn’t do! 10 years ago I watch a waitress take a 12 person complex order at a high-end restaurant and never wrote a single thing down and nailed it perfectly when our food came out! If I could find her right now I would hire her in a second as a project manager and pay her a fortune!!!
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I completely believe this. I have seen so many low-wage workers doing tasks with superlative effectiveness that I am just positive I couldn’t do! 10 years ago I watch a waitress take a 12 person complex order at a high-end restaurant and never wrote a single thing down and nailed it perfectly when our food came out! If I could find her right now I would hire her in a second as a project manager and pay her a fortune!!!
Agree. I have come across some extremely smart people in low wage/low skill jobs and some really incompetent nincompoops taking home very high salaries doing buggerall.
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I completely believe this. I have seen so many low-wage workers doing tasks with superlative effectiveness that I am just positive I couldn’t do! 10 years ago I watch a waitress take a 12 person complex order at a high-end restaurant and never wrote a single thing down and nailed it perfectly when our food came out! If I could find her right now I would hire her in a second as a project manager and pay her a fortune!!!
Tell this story a lot to your colleagues and encourage those you see in positions as you've described..
Its important for people to know that if they prepare, do their best.. really show up and shine it will be noticed.
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Tell this story a lot to your colleagues and encourage those you see in positions as you've described..
Its important for people to know that if they prepare, do their best.. really show up and shine it will be noticed.
Thank you, I’m trying everyday to communicate this to my fellow business owners. While my colleagues complain there is no good talent anymore, I point out that the barista that just served our coffee has memorized our names, and the young guy that sold us our suits offered to deliver them to our offices free of charge! 😁
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Could not have said it better. In my own life, I work 70-80hrs per week. If not for the people around me who keep me organized and tend to the"stuff" I don't have time to do (or want to do, to be honest) I would not be able to do what I do. I value them. I pay their worth. I also coach them to set up their own small business & refer them.
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Disagree, if they have such great multitasking skills then they should find a job that pays better while working...
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Disagree, if they have such great multitasking skills then they should find a job that pays better while working...
You’re another person who missed the point. They can’t do that due to no educational qualifications or the “right/appropriate” job experience.
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Pay people $15.00 to 18.00 an hour and value the people’s ability to get through the nonsense. This isn’t even close to the person having the means to buy a house but it allows them to survive and potentially work their way into a better situation much more easily than as an animal struggling for their meal. Just saying.
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Pay people $15.00 to 18.00 an hour and value the people’s ability to get through the nonsense. This isn’t even close to the person having the means to buy a house but it allows them to survive and potentially work their way into a better situation much more easily than as an animal struggling for their meal. Just saying.
The counter to this is that people think that McDonald’s meals are too expensive, hotels are too expensive, let’s do AirBnb (where the low wage jobs just don’t exist so we don’t have to pay for them), we want a discount on everything, etc. We want cheap things ourselves, but don’t understand the economics - I know the argument is going to be McDonald’s is so rich - but most of the low wage workers are not in a high volume global corporation.
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