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Young too lazy? Or employers too crap?

By johnboy 27 June 2010 88

The Canberra Times is running an epic whinge by Domino’s Belconnen Manager David Hutchinson:

Manager David Hutchinson said the store needed at least two extra staff members a month just to keep up with demand.

”Maybe four or five years ago there were a lot of kids who seemed to want a job, but there’s not as many as there used to be,” Mr Hutchinson.

”Kids are a bit lazier these days. They will just go and watch TV or go and play the Xbox instead going to work.

”You do get a lot of kids, too, who get a fair bit of coin off the parents.”

McDonalds are also saying “it has always struggled to fill jobs at its 15 Canberra restaurants.”

Now thats odd. Some of us distinctly remember queues around the corner for maccas jobs when youth unemployment in the ACT was over 50% (thank you Paul Keating).

Now here’s a thought. Rather than employers thinking the youth of Canberra are an indentured labour force, required to slave away in their kitchens to deliver up the funds to open up another franchise, maybe they need to offer pay and conditions that make the positions attractive?

Crazy talk I know.

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erv 10:48 pm 11 Jul 10

Maybe Hutch wouldnt be so short staffed if he wasnt so quick to fire his best workers over rumours from other lazy jealous workers. Sorry hutch but wake up to yourself, you made your bed.
It seems everyone wants kids to work for nothing and be perfect at their jobs. All these franchise owners like hutch or the managers of subway etc think they can run a business, employ 15 yr olds to work 24/7 for peanuts and have a perfect business and booming profits. sorry but they all live in a dreamland.

georgesgenitals 7:01 pm 07 Jul 10

All kids should work part time in a basic job for at least a couple of years, to learn about work ethic and acceptable behaviour. It would also make some of them a bit more grateful for more skilled jobs when they get them (some of the graduates where I work could sure use an attitude adjustment).

p1 4:42 pm 07 Jul 10

robyncatwoman said :

Maybe a lot of people don’t know this yet; it is compulsory in the ACT to stay in education or training (ie school or apprenticeship) until the age of 17. You therefore won’t be finding any full-time employees below that age; it would be illegal unless they somehow managed full-time hours working on top of school hours.

Unless they are from interstate? Or doing Grade 12 at TAFE after hours?

robyncatwoman 3:38 pm 07 Jul 10

Die Lefty Scum said :

Gen Y’ers are lazy and insolent, I should know – I have 2 of them living under my roof. My youngest is 16 and has no interest in working despite not attending college anymore. I guess its hard to find the time to put in job applications in between games of Grand Theft Auto. My eldest is 18 and was fired from his job at Red Rooster a few months ago for skimming. If I had’ve known all those years ago that they’d turn out to be such bums I’d have given them the baby Adam treatment.

Your daughter should be at school or other training until she is 17; didn’t you know that? You could be the one in trouble for this absence.

If your children are this lazy, insolent and one is a thief to boot, you can and should blame yourself. Parents develop their children’s attitudes, one way or another, passively or actively.

Blathnat 3:19 pm 07 Jul 10

I’m technically a member of Gen Y, and while I’m not currently employed (I am at Uni though) I wouldn’t call myself lazy. The problem is, as many have pointed out, that the wages and conditions are just terrible. I remember my first job at Coles 8 years ago when I was 17, and looking now for casual jobs I cringe at what is expected. The wages barely more than they were back then (I used to be on $17/hour, now I’m lucky to be offered $19). Apart from that, we are expected to work more hours just so we continue to get shifts, and it is nearly impossible to find anything except full time or casual work (what ever happened to part timers getting 15 hours?). Not only that, but centrelink will take 50c for every dollar you earn away from its payments, meaning that you’re essentially working for half price, and lets face it, why would I want to work MORE to get paid LESS?

robyncatwoman 2:56 pm 07 Jul 10

Maybe a lot of people don’t know this yet; it is compulsory in the ACT to stay in education or training (ie school or apprenticeship) until the age of 17. You therefore won’t be finding any full-time employees below that age; it would be illegal unless they somehow managed full-time hours working on top of school hours.

It is true that many ACT teenagers are receiving so much pocket money and anything else they want (as well as need) from their parents that they can’t be bothered working. When they do have jobs, their parents condone their calling in sick when they can’t be bothered working. This attitude overflows to work attitude at school, with students and parents alike expecting good grades even if students don’t ever hand in work or turn up for class.

My daughters expected to pay their way and did, working part-time in retail or other low-paying jobs, studying full or part-time and paying tertiary fees, borrowing and paying off car loans. They are as disgusted as I am at parents’ paying their adult children’s car registration or or paying them “pocket money” even after they are in “proper” full-time employment and not living with their parents.

Having said all that, my daughters NEVER worked in fast food places; the thought was repulsive to them and in Canberra there is always another job somewhere.

Other reasons students don’t stay on in fast food places or supermarkets are:
these employers often try to force students to work during school time or after midnight;
job locations are difficult to get to without parental help and the petrol cost and inconvenience can outweigh the benefits of having a job.

Daspuck 2:07 pm 06 Jul 10

If money’s the only thing that can inspire a kid to work, then no kid is going to want to work in entry level fastfood/hospitality/retail jobs. That’s a fair amount of hours they’d have to do before they could even come close to affording a xbox360 or an iphone. Much easier to wait for the parents to buy it for them.

Casual jobs used to have an element of status when I was growing up. Even HAVING a job (be it McDonalds or wherever) was the thing to do, and if you were lucky enough to land Stock Jeans (ooh memories) or Footlocker you hit the jackpot. Was also because the crew you’d work with were all in the same boat so you’d make friends of your own age from nearby schools and it’d all just be fun fun fun..

These days if you were to work at Hungry Jacks or McDonalds you’d more likely end up working with middle aged ethnic people; while the “youth of today” could really benefit from cultural exchanges with people old enough to be their parents, it’s probably not something 16yo kids see as a cool way to spend their Saturdays.

cleo said :

Die Lefty Scum

I say give them an choice, go back to school or get a job, if not leave home

Here, here! Is there anything better for building society than desperate, desolate children?

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