So, my son belongs to a dojo down the street next to the pizza joint. On the other side is the dance studio that my daughter belongs to.
As I bounced back and forth tonight, my son to karate and my girl to dance that I noticed the Sensei mopping the mats and the studio owner sweeping her floors. I asked each, individually, why they had to dedicate time for such tasks. My question:
“Why don’t you just hire one of the kids to do this?”
Their answer? Each of them?
“It costs too much to pay someone to do this; it’s just easier to do it myself.”
And so it is that 2-3-4 kids who might have had the chance to step on that first rung of the job ladder are out of luck. If I know kids, they don’t need the money, they need the experience. The experience of showing up on time, listening to a boss and meeting expectations.
I started working when I was 10. My dad got me a paper route on my birthday. I’ve been pulling a paycheck for the last 30+ years. I graduated high school, graduated college and have been a member of the work force for more than 3 decades. And it is THAT experience that has allowed me to succeed to the extent that I have.
So, live with the fact that when you price labor out of the market, they will not be mobilized and you will lose years of experience.
You know where I stand. Explain where you stand.