We are told by political spokespeople that there is a terrible lack of jobs for young people in Australia. Generally the spokespeople are trying to get us to vote for their candidates – to give them employment with a hefty salary. As so few of us have the statistical resources that the political parties do, we are frequently inclined to believe them.
And then we encounter trade languishing for lack of employees and are left hanging on the outside of counters trying to catch the eye of the overworked retail or hospitality staff. Sometimes we wait out the time and sometimes we just slope off unsatisfied – but in both cases the problem could be remedied by engaging more workers and training them more extensively.
I’ll give some shops praise – Bunnings, our local hardware store – has a wide variety of workers there who can operate the tills, fill the shelves, find the tools, and move the pot plants. You never languish at Bunnings and the tills ring pretty merrily all the day. Same thing in IKEA.
I went to a tavern in our city yesterday, however, where the exact opposite occurred. The Belgian Beer Café serves good beer and reasonable pub food, and occupies a central position on a major street. It seems set to coin money with the hungry and thirsty of Perth – particularly on a sunny summer lunchtime.
The staff would make it so if they could, but there is only so much that three people can do when there are dozens of customers. Bless them, they tried, but the 15 minute wait at the bar finally got to me and I elected to leave, come home, and drink a glass of water rather than a $ 12 pint of beer.
It’ll be management, of course, and the attempt to save money on wages. But how will they persuade me and the other dry throats to come back and try again? We might occasionally see signs that say ” Under new management ” but I’ve never seen one that says ” We actually have enough staff. ”
Perhaps the idea would be to bring an esky into the front bar and offer stubbies around to the people waiting…