Today's throwback blog is titled Respect The Minimum Wage Workers in Feb 2006. The blog is true today. Some people struggle financially in 2006. More people struggle financially today. Everyone is human. Let's treat everyone with dignity no matter the occupation. We're doing our best.
Yes. Respect them. These people are the fast food workers, grocery clerks, waiters and waitresses, busboys, bell hops, customer service representatives, and anyone else working minimal wage. What do these minimum wage workers, blue collar workers, and white collar workers have in common? We are human. Yes, the answer is close. The correct answer is dignity.
Everyone must work to make a living. They include doctors, lawyers, brokers, police officers, maids, grocery clerks, computer analyst, wedding planner, etc. Some of us like our jobs and some of us hate our jobs. No matter the job occupation, we are humans with dignity trying to make a living. We have homes and apartments, likes and dislikes, and other interests outside work. Many of us have families to take care, and many families struggle paycheck to paycheck. The only difference is some of us earn more money. That’s it. There is no other difference. Again, minimum wage workers are humans with dignity just like you and me.
White collar families, the next time you take your kids to McDonalds or Burger King, make sure you smile and say thank you. Don’t give the fast food workers hell. While you take your kids to the all-you-can-drink soda fountain, the disgruntled worker that heard your useless yelling and criticizing is going to spit at your combo meal :-P
For people who need to call customer service, try to solve the problem yourself. Take extra time and use the brain we have to think about the problem and think about the solution. A little extra time doing it yourself goes a long way instead of waiting a long time for the next available customer service representative who may be in a bad mood from the last caller :-( If you solve it, you save yourself and the customer service representative time and possible grief ^_^
Don’t treat or think of minimum wage workers differently that other service workers. Many people are struggling in today’s tough times. It’s anyone guess what’s going to happen.