For decades, we’ve preached to workers that “if you don’t like your job, quit” and watched as tens of millions suffered in jobs with horrible conditions, low pay, and customer abuse. It’s a welcome sight to finally see American workers resigning in search of better opportunities.

However, it’s all too common to hear those frustrated at the present labor market say that people, somehow, “don’t want to work.” On the contrary, I’ve found that Americans of all ages and political stripes are eager to work — just not in jobs that demand too much in exchange for far too little.

It’s not just about pay, either.

The new labor market reality requires new ways of thinking. It’s not enough to offer a 3-4 percent pay bump and move on. We need genuinely better workplaces, more manageable workloads, and managers who understand that hybrid and remote work are here to stay.

After all, this is capitalism, right? Every single resignation is an exciting step towards a better future for every American. I can’t wait to see where we end up once the dust settles.

Camden Raynor

Middletown

(10) comments

rogy

"After all, this is capitalism, right?" Well, actually, no. Without continuous government subsidies most of these "workers" could never afford to sit at home surfing the Internet for their "Dream Job". Those are our tax dollars (and our offspring's futures) paying those "job dreamers" to stay home. Inflation from treasury department printing presses will eat up any gains they may imagine they'll make by the time they draw their first "dream" paycheck.

Dwasserba

“… we’ve preached to workers that ‘if you don’t like your job, quit….’” I’ve had that job as a young person, limited to what I could get as I saved for a car, no money for trips home to see my folks, no “convenient time” for my boss to agree I could be missing for a week regardless, no reimbursement for vacations not taken when I left, no yearly raise…for years. Just told no. Can’t afford it. Lose your naivete, realize that the selfishness of others defines some jobs as “swinging doors with warm bodies passing through” and set whatever goals free you from it, because the motivation to overpay you just to help you out is the road to sainthood and if you haven’t heard, the gate is narrow. I quit mentally long before I pulled it off in a practical sense.

Awteam2021

As throughout the American history, there’s a large number of people coming to our border willing to take on those lower paying jobs.

phydeaux994

I agree Aw, I believe we are losing a valuable resource here. And there are jobs unfilled that pay a livable wage even. BUT, American Employers don’t want their illegal workers to be legalized. Why, you ask? Because they would have to put those workers on the books. Pay them more, withhold taxes and SS and pay for unemployment insurance, maybe even 401k’s. And the Government (Republiban Congressmen and Senators) don’t want that. They have been voting against Comprehensive Immigration Reform for decades. They represent States that are largely rural and poor and they depend on agriculture for their economy. But they also need workers, cheap labor that are easy to keep hidden and paid low wages. They yell “close the Border” out of one side of their mouth and “keep ‘em coming” out of the other.

Plumbum

It’s cheaper to put illegal labor on the books and cheaper to withhold taxes and cheaper for the company to match FICA and Medicare withholding.

Paying anyone cash (American born, legal immigrants, illegal immigrants) is more costly to the employer as they can not expense it in the books.

As I have stated over and over, immigrant labor (legal and illegal) are no longer cheap labor and have not been cheap labor for at least the last five years. The days of immigrants being cheap labor are long gone. They know that the country needs them and that the work won’t get done without them.

Blueline

The key is to have some sort of a plan. Unless you have the resources, don't quit & then hope you find something, look for a better one while you are employed. Also, while McDonald's does have certain career opportunities, the plan for a healthy, able-bodied person should not be to make a career out of working the french-fry bin, it isn't going to provide the resources to raise kids, buy a house, etc.

jsklinelga

Can you imagine milking a cow remotely? Planting crops. Repairing a roof? Etc, etc. Where will this new trend lead. More empty shelves? Greater need for government assistance? But do not settle for less. Unlike the generations that came and toiled to provide a better future suffering many hardships we live in a different era. We are entitiled.

shiftless88

Cows are milked by machine already. You don't have a hundred people pulling on teats. Mechanization.

NewMarketParent

@jsklinelga

It should produce better paying jobs with more reasonable expectations.

Imagine fighting on the side of people with all the power. You probably always root for the antagonist, don't you?

public-redux

FWIW, I can easily imagine row crops being planted and harvested remotely. Not too different from autonomous driving or flying a drone.

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