I've been struggling... hurting severely lately.
After all these years as a hospitality professional and restaurateur, I still struggle to understand workers' mentalities in this day and age.
My first job at barely 16, I was paid a minimum wage of less than $28/hr. I worked about 30 hrs per week next to completing high school so that I could spend the money that I earned with my own bare hands, hoping that I would feel less guilty for having to ask for monthly allowance from my parents. High school graduates now demand on average $55/hr salary.
When I started in kitchens in 2003, I managed to stage through several top notch establishments in Canada and thought I was the luckiest of the bunch to be chosen to work and learn for free from the best of the best. Labour regulations in HK do not allow for workers to work for free, regardless of whether it is voluntary. Hence every entry level worker demands a salary that does not justify for their inexperience.
Staff are entitled to 2 days paid sick leave per month- a sad display of 'entitled' worker's benefits. Employers' pockets, government rules breeding lazy employees taking advantage of the hospitality businesses' soft spots.
During my time working in hotels, I often did double shifts and offered to fill in whether for short-staff reasons or simply because the outlet needed an extra hand. I offered not only because I loved my work and wanted to ease the workload on my team, but that I knew the more time I gave in, the more knowledge and experience I would absorb. Nowadays, everyone's time is money and dealt with some form of a barter.
I have never known what 'long hours', 'over time' or 'too much pressure' meant. Take it or leave it, that simply comes with the job. Call in sick, coming in late without an apology? Unacceptable. But for this lazy ass generation, they are entitled to it.
Good quality staff is a rare dime in a dozen nowadays. And it's putting a massive burden on small businesses like ours no matter how clear it is that we continue to thrive.
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