Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Let’s just cancel Thanksgiving....
As I’m sure you’ve heard, some retail stores plan to be open on Thanksgiving. Anyway, I was listening to a local sports radio station when the announcer says that he loves his job and he has always had to work holidays and weekends, so that when he hears the retail workers complaining about having to work on Thanksgiving he views that as whining. He also said that you should know that when you take a certain job you will have to work weekends and holidays.
But I don’t think you can compare the two. He loves his job. Would he feel the same if he had to stand at a cash register making on Thanksgiving when the rest of his family is gathering around the feast? Also these workers hadn’t worked Thanksgiving before, so this is not something they expected. In my opinion, they are not whining.
I agree that certain people have to work holidays. Health care providers, police, fire, etc. In other words, the essential things that we can’t just shut down. And sure some might make time and half and want to do it, but do we have to force people? We don’t need the retail stores to be open. This is just another example of greed ruining a good thing. Retail stores employee a lot of people (1 out 10 people work in retail). These workers would normally be spending time with their families. Perhaps many would be buying Thanksgiving dinner. But now they won’t buy it because they have to work. Not buying = Lack of sales.
Also I see this as sending a negative message to retail workers. In other words, you are the slaves and have to work while the rest of us get to eat and shop over the next two days. Why can’t these employers have the decency to show that they value their employees? Sure they feel pressure and panic of losing sales because K-mart is going to be open. But that’s just a short term win. Retailers need to go for the long-term win and keep their employees happy by showing that they value them. Do these employers really want their good and experienced employees leaving for better jobs? Quality will go down in these stores. Customers will notice. Sales will be lost.
If everyone has to work on Thanksgiving, it won’t be a holiday anymore. Perhaps we’ll only be left with the stampedes on Black Friday. What’s next? Working on Christmas Day?
Have a nice Thanksgiving, and I hope you have the day off.