Minimum Wage = Minimum Effort, Do you agree?
[QUOTE]I currently work in sales and own a small business. I haven't worked for minimum wage for quite some time and don't see a reason to subject my employees to such an unlivable wage. There are numerous ways to make money that don't involve working an entire day for $50. I have always wondered what minimum wage is based on, what genius thought that people could live a healthy life or support a family making $7.25 an hour. Since starting a business, I've noticed that minimum wage equals minimum effort and as an employer I wouldn't expect more from them at that price.
It Makes Sense
It makes sense to apply yourself and strive for success if there's an incentive to do so. If you have nothing to look forward to other than surviving one more week on macaroni and peanut butter, no matter how hard you work, giving 110% at work seems like a joke. If I do the same job as someone else who is slacking off, stealing, and being rude to customers but we both make the same amount of money, why would I go the extra mile?
How Much of a Raise?
I worked for a company as a teenager called Sav On. I worked 40 hours per week for minimum wage. After a year I would be eligible for a 10 cent per hour raise. Yes, I know ... how exciting. Honestly, there is only so much a person will put up with who makes so little. Most of the employees stole merchandise out of the store room, took naps in the crates, and drank or smoked in the bathroom. They got the same raise that I did.
As an Employer
As an employer I refuse to pay anyone minimum wage. I will hire fewer employees and pay them more. The employees I do have work hard and appreciate the higher wage for doing a good job. The saying, "You get what you pay for," is true of employees as well as anything else. I've noticed that paying a liveable wage creates happy employees who show up to work on time, don't call in sick, smile at customers, and take care of themselves both mentally and physically. I'm not losing money by paying the higher wage, I'm gaining a better employee.
Being a small business owner can be tricky where profit and loss are concerned but I truly believe that a company starts with creating a strong, successful, capable team.[/QUOTE]
I think this is a great article which raises a lot of good points but I'd like to hear some people's views. I agree with this claim. Most minimum wage jobs are dead end jobs. They have little benefits with no incentive for going above and beyond the call of duty. As the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for".
Now I know, there are plenty of people out there that would kill for a job. If you're a student with a part time job at McDonalds or Wal-Mart pushing carts, what difference does it make if you give it your all? Especially minimum wage jobs that are unionized. Thoughts?
Why should you work as hard or even harder than someone who makes more than you?