Tell Me What I Am Missing?
After almost 30 years of being a serial entrepreneur, I closed my last business in 2016 and decided to move onto a more predictable lifestyle by working for someone else. Being a small-business owner is probably the most difficult thing anyone can do, and the most challenging task is to find capable and willing employees.
There were many instances of poor employee behavior during those times. I found employees sleeping on the job, screwing in the back of the company van, and making their own determination about whether they needed to show up to work without any call or notification. I often told people that my two best employees were my 13-year-old daughter and her friend. They both came to work faithfully after school, were communicative, and got the job done. It didn’t hurt that they needed the money, either. My daughter was stuck on a $10 weekly allowance and decided she needed a few extra bucks. I was all too eager to put her to work.
Now that I work for someone else, I have become a serial volunteer. My latest effort is organizing a fundraiser for a local community theater. One afternoon I was out asking small businesses for $10 gift cards for our silent auction. More than a handful had a sign on their door that read “Closed today due to lack of help.”
It strikes me as crazy that we have people willing to walk to this country with kids on their backs and the few possessions they could carry for a chance to work. The idea of so many businesses needing employees and thousands of people who are willing but being turned away feels like someone has hit me over the head. There are circling little tweety birds everywhere. I’m confused as ever.
El Paso, Texas is one of the main entry points for migrants. They have a fantastic scoreboard if you need to measure the depth of this migrant crisis. Below is a link and a screenshot of a current board.
Every number on that board is an actual person with a family. All of whom are perhaps starving to some degree and desperate for any normal life. I don’t believe one of them would…