Column: How have times changed in the labor market

With so many job opportunities available, the columnist wonders why it’s so hard to hire a reliable helper in this strange world after COVID

Have you noticed that the formations in command are incredibly long?

Have you found that many businesses, stores, and offices work fewer hours or work fewer days per week?

I’ve seen quite a few signs on the doors that simply say: “Due to an acute shortage of staff, we are open on set hours”.

This is my question. Why doesn’t anyone need a job?

This may be a bit of a generalization, but there is definitely an abundance of job opportunities. People can’t be flocking to the money. The last time I checked, most people were cutting into everything from gas to groceries.

The rents are crazy and the taxes are high.

I know everything got crazy during COVID, but shouldn’t things be back to normal now? The government’s temporary rescue plan known as CERB (Canadian Emergency Response Advantages) was one and it worked, right? So, I’m not clear about how many people are not back at work now.

I understand that many jobs have also disappeared, but there are already “we’re hiring” signs at every turn. Some jobs may require specialized training, but certainly not all.

Recently I heard some stories that literally made me shake my head. A local company in the hospitality sector has interviewed for a job vacancy. The applicant has been contracted. The start date and time are specified.

The day has come and the time has come and gone. The company simply went dark. Who does that? It seems more than you think.

On this same site, 20 interviews were arranged over a two-week period and reminders were sent by phone. In fact, two people appeared.

Similarly, someone showed up in the morning, but then went to lunch and never came back. (Well, I may have dreamed of doing it, but I never did!)

In another case, the applicant was given a date to start training. The company received an email essentially saying the start date was no longer relevant and would come back to it when it was ready to start.

The last time I checked, things don’t work that way.

There were four very good reasons why I’ve had a job since I turned 15.

  1. I was afraid of my parents (in a healthy way)
  2. I was bullied by my superiors (and wanted to do a good job)
  3. I had a work ethic and self-esteem (I stuck to it and kept it)
  4. You need money.

Are any of these reasons still valid?

According to Job Search Indeed Canada, 35 percent of respondents who have not been employed said they are neither looking for a job nor willing to do so. Participants, ages 55 to 64, said they were out of the workforce earlier than expected.

The pandemic has really changed our view.

In the same survey, job seekers admitted that they are more selective, want better pay, more flexibility in hours, and greater opportunities for advancement in the future. Referred to as the “temporary labor economy,” there are many people who are moving away from traditional 9 to 5 office jobs. They are technically self-employed as contractors, freelancers, and food delivery drivers.

It makes sense because now we know that we Can Working remotely and a lot of people want to do it. It makes sense and if it’s possible, do it Doing a job in a new way is still work. But I’m talking about those who just refuse to get a job when so many of them are available.

Employees have, in many cases, been used, abused and taken advantage of for decades. I fully understand this frustration. poor pay Few benefits. Unhealthy work atmosphere. hard hours. I went there and did it. But I still do that.

what is the answer? Experts don’t seem to think it’s a quick fix. It may continue in this way for the foreseeable future. At the moment, I find myself really appreciating those who are currently working hard in the service industries or any industry and do so with good behavior.

Thank you for coming. Literally, thank you for show!

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