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Sorry, It’s still about wages

Here we go again, another ‘woe is me’ story from a retailer/hospitality employer who cannot find good help;

“I’ve honestly never seen it this bad anywhere else,” another told me.

They were talking about their struggle to hire staff – a theme I’ve heard repeatedly the past few years but one that has become extreme in recent weeks.

My recent conversations about hiring struggles have involved retail jobs. The industry is experiencing a bit of a perfect storm, with several new stores and restaurants opening while others ramp up seasonal hiring.

I’m deliberately not sharing the names of the businesses I’m referencing because I don’t want to create the impression that their hiring struggles mean they are undesirable places to work. I actually don’t think that’s the case, based on what I know of their businesses and what they shared about their wages. I just think they’re caught at a time when pretty much anyone who wants to or is capable of holding a job has one.

One manager I talked with last week has hired for stores in seven states and said he never encountered challenges like he is here.

First of all as a person who has worked on and off in retail/hospitality for over 20 years I will agree with many of things they are saying. There is a limited workforce pool, there is also a lot of people who can’t hack it (multi-tasking). There are also other issues, like drug and alcohol problems, and low-income parents who can’t afford child care. It’s hard to weed some of that out, I understand. But one thing I have learned from working in this industry, THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE. Often times they work twice as hard as their co-workers, never are late, never miss shifts and never call in sick. The problem is a lot of these businesses are not willing to compensate the GOOD ones more than the crappy ones. You can create polices to weed out the bad ones, once you do that, PROP up the good ones, that means giving them the best shifts, better pay, bonuses, etc. Good employees in this type of the industry know when they have hit a plateau, and if you are not willing to pay them more, they’ll be gone in a flash. The GOOD ONES are not afraid of hard work, they just want to be rewarded with a living wage for their efforts.

My advice; if you employee one of the good ones, and they ask for a raise, GIVE IT TO them! The cost for replacement and lost business isn’t really worth it. Also, service industry people talk, in fact, if they are NOT working they are talking about their job with their peers. If you are a good employer that pays well, they WILL tell their friends, that mostly likely are THE GOOD ONES to. I would never recommend a person that didn’t work as hard as me, I don’t want to work with lazy bums either.

It’s not just about getting GOOD employees, it’s about retaining them once you have them. Pay them what they are worth. As we used to say in the industry, compliments don’t buy groceries.

Did the city lose a longtime building inspector?

I guess I don’t see a lot of job postings from the city for this position. I think many of the inspectors work for the city for a long period of time.

Hundreds of Layoffs coming to a major employer in Sioux Falls?

I heard last night from a source that a major employer in town is going to let the hammer drop soon. My source says maybe this coming week. And this isn’t just a handful of people, I was told hundreds.

That is all I am privy to say at this point, because I don’t have ALL the details. But this person said it will probably be worse than the Capital One layoffs. I have a feeling they will try to hide this from the media, but I think it’s going to be difficult.

At this point it is a rumor. Let’s hope I am wrong.

Working Poor w/2nd jobs are now called ‘Hustlers’

Gotta love the media, now people who ‘dare’ get a second job are ‘Hustlers’;

A recent survey from Bankrate shows that more than 44 million Americans now have what’s known as a side hustle.

The definition of ‘Hustler’;

an aggressively enterprising person; a go-getter OR a prostitute
So now people who need a second job to make ends meet are just considered ‘aggressive’ and ‘prostitutes’.
But here’s the reality folks, the South Dakota Department of Labor’s latest statistics from 2014 Census data show South Dakota had the highest percentage of people who work more than one job.
Why do you think that is? Let me sum this up for the SF Development Foundation, The SD Department of Labor, Mark Mickelson and Governor Daugaard – South Dakota’s full-time employment doesn’t pay SH*T! Get it?

Should South Dakota State Law change to help with wage increases

Wage collusion has been going on in Sioux Falls and the State for quite awhile. Would a change in State Law or even city ordinance that requires all employers (big and small) to show either the hourly wage or salary in an employment ad that is posted within the state or city help matters? Would it hurt?

Neel Kashkari, President Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis at Rotary

Neel spoke today at Rotary Club of Sioux Falls Downtown. He asked the audience to challenge him with tough questions.

He felt that if you are struggling finding workers or complaining about it, it is NOT that the workers don’t exist, but the wages are not high enough to attract them.

“If you’re not raising wages, you’re just whining.” (about finding enough workers)

I have consistently stood by the argument that when you pay your workers more, they spend more, which boosts the local economy, which in turn boosts the bottom line of your company. The middle class is more likely to spend more than they will invest or save if they make more, while the rich tend to put that money away where it doesn’t circulate as much.

Hey Stupid, it’s still about the wages

You can give away all the free tickets to a free outdoor concert or unlimited mimosas on center court of the EC, doesn’t matter, if young people want to move back to Sioux Falls to continue their career that decision depends on something else very important;

“There’s other things that hold people back from moving back. Like pay and benefits,” she said.

She expects her husband will take a pay cut when they return.

“He’ll most likely get paid less than in Alaska,” she said.

We can talk all we want about the cost-of-living differential, but it’s still important to note the perception here is that financially they feel they will be less-well-off.

WAGES! WAGES! WAGES! So often we like to talk about low unemployment or affordable housing, but let’s face it, over 40% of the full-time jobs in Sioux Falls don’t pay a living wage. Though we have two of the largest industrial hospital complexes in the region, our pay for healthcare workers is still some of the lowest in the nation, so yes, her husband would have to take a pay cut, a big one.

While there is lots of things to do in SF, some of them free, like recreation in our parks, it still costs money for entertainment. I’m sorry, but the 700 lb. gorilla in the room is still the lack of good living wage jobs in Sioux Falls, not entertainment and recreation.

2017 City Salaries; Human Resources

The best way to describe the city of Sioux Falls Human Resources Department would be ‘Management Heavy’ of the 15 employees there is 7 managers, over 50%. There is even duplicity in some of the managers. For instance there is two Human Resource Managers who both make $97,073.60 a year, their boss, the Director of Human Resources makes $145,392.

Management salaries equal $662,207 with hourly employees equaling $404,183.

Salaries for the entire department is $1,066,390 with an average salary of $71,092.66 a year.

If I had any advice for the next mayor, I would take a cutting knife to the HR department, and I would start at the top down.

Here is the full doc: 2017-Wages

2017 City Salaries; Facilities Management

When you start looking at the salaries in this department, you would think they haven’t been adjusted for inflation since 1988. While the city spends millions each year (of our money) on economic development, job growth and affordable housing projects, for some reason they don’t even notice the wage disparity issue in this department.

Out of the 24 custodians that work for the city, 14 of them don’t even make a living wage. The recent Thrive report estimated that a living wage is around $17-20 per hour in Sioux Falls.

The department also has two managers, they make $59,966 & $68,577 per year.

The total salary expenditure for the department (26 employees) is $949,910

If you just count the 24 custodian’s wages it is $821,367 which comes to an average of $16.45 per hour, under a living wage in Sioux Falls.

Should any of this surprise us? I guess people who clean toilets or mop floors are always looked down on as low skill jobs, but over half of these people are actually maintenance employees that require mechanical skills also. Doesn’t someone who works hard 40 hours a week deserve at least a living wage?

I know that the mayor has bragged in the past that they have saved the city even more money in custodial services by contracting a lot of it out. I can tell you that independent cleaning contractors probably pay even less at around $10-12 an hour.

This is where Huether’s corporate culture kicks in. He pays most of his directors well over 6 figures a year, and while their jobs may be more important than cleaning toilets, they still seem to find time to leave before 5 PM to drink beers, or patrol neighborhoods for unsecured wireless so they can download kiddie porn.

Would it really break us if we paid every full-time custodian/maintenance worker with the city AT LEAST $17 an hour? I don’t think so. It seems kind of hypocritical of the current city administration to be throwing millions at local foundations for job growth when we can’t even pay someone a living wage to scrub a toilet.

These are the kind of things that happen when you run a city with a ‘business acumen’. Management lives high on the hog while the minions starve.

Here is the full doc: 2017-Wages


Low wage employer wonders why only druggies apply to work for them

Gee, Dana can’t figure out why only drug users want to work for him?

Maybe it as something to do with the wages that are offered?

When you sell yourself as a low-wage state, you bring in low-end employees.