Liquor-Store Owner Sees Workers Quit Because They Can Go “Find A New Job On Their Lunch Break”

  • Wilbur’s Total Beverage owner says people are quitting after one shift if they decide they don’t like the job because they can go and find a new job on their lunch break.
  • “We never had problems attracting and retaining people. With the ‘Great Resignation,’ a lot of people were saying they didn’t want to go back to customer-facing jobs,” Dinsmore said.
  • For the first time in years, workers realize they now have more bargaining power and are rejecting low pay, lack of benefits, and positions that risk Covid exposure.

Mary Hanbury from Insider writes:

“The owner of a liquor store in Fort Collins, Colorado, said the labor market in the US was so competitive that retaining workers was almost an impossible task.

In an interview with the local news site the Coloradoan, Wilbur’s Total Beverage owner Mat Dinsmore said people were skipping interviews or quitting after one shift if they decided they didn’t like the job. They can simply walk up Main Street and find a new job on their lunch break, he said.

“We have hired and hired, and the rate of attrition is exponentially what it’s ever been,” he told the Coloradoan.

“We never had problems attracting and retaining people. With the ‘Great Resignation,’ a lot of people were saying they didn’t want to go back to customer-facing jobs,” he said, citing the risks of getting COVID-19.

Wilbur’s is among the retail businesses in the US that are struggling to find workers who have been put off by low pay, a lack of benefits, and pandemic health concerns, among other things.

Some are raising wages or offering perks such as free college tuition to attract workers. Others are being forced to close because they can’t find enough staff.

For the first time in years, workers have more bargaining power and the opportunity to pick and choose the best-paying or most stable jobs…”

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