Economics/Class Relations

If bosses want workers, they have to actually try

By Ryan Cooper, The Week

A class of Americans has become lazy and entitled. Too used to a government that caters to their every whim, they’re facing a difficult situation not with grit and determination, but by throwing tantrums and demanding special treatment.

That’s right, I’m talking about business owners. Complaints about a labor shortage abound, but it’s time these coddled snowflakes learned some discipline. Employers need to put in the work to staff their own businesses instead of relying on the government do it for them.

The plain fact is we’ve had an employer’s economy for a decade. After the Great Recession, unemployment was chronically high — only touching something like full employment in 2019, 11 years after the crash. Bosses got used to having the pick of the litter. With so many credentialed people thrown out of work, hiring managers were able to demand extravagant experience and over-qualification for low-level jobs. Many employers came to believe they were owed workers who would take any position and mutely absorb any abuse.

This sense of entitlement is a major reason both state and federal governments were so eager to end the boost to pandemic unemployment benefits. Without people lining up around the block to take crummy, low-wage positions, employers ran crying to the government for help.

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  1. 3 months advertising for positions to fill… two applications and they both only applied to satisfy their unemployment requirement… no intention of actual work. There is no shortage of workers, just people not wanting to work because they want more of what you say the businesses are begging for… I know of not a single small business looking to governnment for anything but to be left alone.

    Try actually knowing small business rather than assuming to know based on television and newspapers. You watch too much television Keith.

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