We live in a world of uncertainty. There was a time we could count on a few things like: “if we worked hard, we would get that promotion,get more money, get a bigger house and car, put our kids through college and then stroll off into a happy retirement.”
For many people, this American Dream has either passed them buy or has been shattered by the recent economic meltdown. This meltdown has also caused uncertainty; uncertainty about the future and for CEO’s that uncertainty is translated into “the should I or shouldn’t I hire more people question”
Today, workplace uncertainty seems to be “going on forever.” American businesses are still skittish about permanent jobs. So they hire temporary workers.
According to the US Labor Department, temporary workers accounted for 307,000 jobs out of the 1.17 million private sector jobs that were added in the past year. For the more than 15 million people who are still out of work, temporary jobs offer less benefits, have no job security and makes it harder for them to save. But yet, temporary jobs are their window; their chance at permanency and represent a glimmer of hope in a still very bleak employment picture.
For you, the bowling proprietor, this could be your chance to draw upon the excess “talent” that is out there; to raise the bar on the kind of people you can hire who will be more than willing to serve your customers the right way.
Who knows? Perhaps their temporary status at your center will become more permanent and with it you will get a better and more grateful employee who still believes the American Dream can come true!
And wouldn’t that be nice.
In the past 2 years I hired a CFO of a NY hospital, Acct. executive from American Express and a supervisor from the telephone company.