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Meeting New People: One of the Coolest Things about Retail

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Yup, the title of this post certainly says it all.  One of the coolest things about working in retail is that ……you get to MEET A LOT OF NEW PEOPLE!  Now, I know that there’s a ton of introverts out in the world (some studies even say that introverts significantly outweigh extroverts in population), so meeting a lot of new people may not be all that appealing to you, but for those of you who LOVE meeting new people, this might give you one more reason to pursue a career in retail.

Now, I never officially worked a “retail job,” but I did work in food service for a number of years and some consider food service very similar to retail.  I currently work in an office job where I have a desk, cubicle, computer, and I’m surrounded by the same people every day.  There are definitely a lot of advantages to working the typical white collar, 9 to 5 office job.  Some of the advantages  of working a regular 9 to 5 office job typically include not having to work late nights or weekends, good benefits, reliable pay, less susceptibility to physical injury, and pretty clean working environments .  All those things are great, but there are certainly a lot of disadvantages, such as decreased physical activity (which means you can get fat easier), a relatively boring environment after a while, staring into a computer screen all day which is bad for your eyes, and not being able to interact with customers directly.

Back when I worked as  a server in a restaurant, I was able to interact with people ALL THE TIME!  I had the opportunity to have conversations IN-PERSON with customers.  I could ask them questions like, “how are you?” or “are you from around here?” or “have you been here before?” or “what’s your favorite dish?”  I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life.  The people I interacted with were of all shapes, sizes, age groups, ethnic backgrounds, and occupations.  It was so cool being able to interact with all types of people from farmers who love their tomato stand to the fitness guru who just typed up the latest D-Bal review.

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In addition to meeting new people, you’re able to actually feel the warmth of in-person communication.  Nowadays with Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, and a myriad number of social media platforms, it’s very easy to get lost in lazy communication and just interact with people from our laptop or phone.  Even with video communication like FaceTime or Google Hangouts, I don’t think there will ever be a true replacement for the magic of in-person communication.  If you talk to someone in-person, you’re able to feel their vibes and understand them on a completely different level than you would if you just talked to them over Skype.

Meeting new people as a retail employee also contributes to skill development.  Working in retail enables one to develop the art of in-person communication.  You’ll be able to exercise your communication muscles and develop skills related to facial expression, speaking clearly, proper enunciation, and proper body language.  Not only will your own skills develop, but you’ll be able to gain a better understanding of other people.  You’ll be able to watch how other people  interact and behave which can help give you a better understanding of how people think and why people do what they do.

What will you do the next time you’re offered a job in retail?

Eliminate Minimum Wage Mindset!

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Okay, so I know I might get some backlash from this post, but whatever!  I just really need to get this out there.  I made a post earlier about minimum wage and some of the advantages, disadvantages, and logical reasoning around the enforcement of minimum wage.  The point of this post is not to discuss why we should or should not have minimum wage and what that wage should be, but rather to discuss the minimum wage mentality.

I absolutely despise minimum wage mentality!  It’s horrible and it literally blocks one from achieving greatness.  Please do not misinterpret my message.  I’m not saying that people who make minimum wage are bad.  I’m not saying that people who make minimum wage have bad mindsets.  I’m not saying that minimum wage laws should not be enforced.  I’m saying that the minimum wage mentality, that mentality of entitlement and expecting some organization to provide for you and guarantee your success, is pure garbage!

The idea that we should be given money on a silver platter, without having earned it, is a mindset that is guaranteed to grant us mediocrity if not complete failure.  The problem with a lot of people in a variety of industries is that desire of instant gratification.  I’m certainly guilty of it from time to time, as I feel most people are.  In our society we have that microwave mindset.  We want things now, now, now and NOW!  When we go to the gym, we want a six-pack after just 1 day of training.  When we read the latest PhenQ review on the internet and make that purchase, we expect to lose weight in one day!  When we go out on a date with someone we like, we expect them to fall in love with us on the first date! This same desire of instant gratification carries through with money as well!

We want money now and we want it fast!  We want money without having to work for it.  We want a guaranteed amount of pay even if we haven’t worked our way to that level of pay!  That mindset of entitlement and instant gratification is simply wrong!  In my opinion, if you’re complaining about minimum wage and complaining about the pay of your job, you should be ashamed of yourself!

Why are you settling for minimum wage in the first place?  Why would anyone want to live on minimum wage for the rest of their life?   I think minimum wage is a good place to start because everyone needs to start somewhere, but minimum wage is not where should strive to end up.  In my opinion we should all be striving for excellence!  I understand that not everybody wants to be rich, but at the same time, we shouldn’t settle for minimum wage type of opportunities for our entire life.  If we’re not satisfied with minimum wage, the best solution is not to complain about it or try to boost the minimum wage so that you can make more money; rather, the best solution is to constantly add value to yourself so that you can obtain opportunities that will pay you more than minimum wage (hopefully significantly more).

Again, I understand that some of you may disagree with my view, but I’m just a strong believer in ascending beyond mediocrity.  Don’t have an entitlement mentality.  Instead, we should all be striving to have an upward mobile mindset of being all that we can be!

The minimum wage

With over 90% of countries having some form of legislation regarding minimum wage, it is something we all now expect, as it allows us to afford the basics in order to live relatively comfortably.

Is having a minimum wage something we should all be entitled to or is it something we should be grateful for? Should there be a national or regional minimum wage?

Theses are questions that have been asked and answered and will continue to be asked as our standard of living continues to increase, which increases our expectations on what we consider to be a need rather than a want.

Today, using some form of transportation to get to work is a basic requirement. We have buses and trains that can take us to our destinations. A couple of centuries ago, walking was the most common method to get to your destination and any form of transportation was used by those who could afford it, i.e. those who were ‘well off’.

What is a minimum wage
A minimum wage is the lowest pay permitted by law or an agreement payable for the performance of a job usually on an hourly basis.

Why have a minimum wage
There are some who believe having a minimum wage is detrimental to business, as it increases the cost of doing business and reduces profit margin.

On the other hand, there are those who believe we should all have a minimum pay level that reduces the level of poverty in society, makes businesses operate more efficiently and increases the standard of living for all.
It is safe to say that roles that pay minimum wage are those that do not require a high level of skill to perform the job, such as waiting tables, being a cashier at a supermarket or working in a retail store on the shop floor. These are the type of roles people can be trained on over a few days, some even hours, making it much easier for employers to constantly have an attitude of do as I say or I’ll fire you.

Calculating minimum wage
There are many factors that go into calculating what the minimum wage should be, such as inflation rates, gross domestic product, number of jobs available, unemployment rate, number of skilled workers needed and location

The amount earned should cover the 3 basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. It is not going to be enough for buying non essential purchases like holidays, gym memberships, pills for reducing body fat, have a look at fat burner pills reviews or even meals out at a nice restaurant.

Location is factored into minimum wage because there are just some places that are more expensive to live than others. Take London, Sydney and New York as examples. The cost of living in these cities is higher than if you lived in Lincoln, Wagga Wagga and Dallas. Thus, the minimum wage is adjusted to factor this into the calculation.

Consequence of not paying minimum wage
For those employers who do not pay the minimum wage, they face heavy penalties. There are financial penalties and in certain cases bosses can be sentenced to jail for not adhering to legislation.


Health and Safety at work

A healthy work environment is one that is empowering, safe, fulfilling and pleasurable to go to. Opposite to this is an environment no one wants to go to because it is unsafe, mentally and physically draining on the mind and body and depressing.

This is why retailers and those in other industries need to ensure they provide a working environment that is safe and healthy for all employees and customers.

Responsibility of a safe working environment does not rest solely with the employer, but all employees.

If you walk into a store and one of the displays has fallen down, do you wait for the store manager to pick it up or do you as an employee of the store, pick it up and either put it back where it should be or take it off the shop floor if it’s unsafe to put it back.

The answer is you as an employee would pick it up, provided it is not too heavy, access whether to put it back or take if off the shop floor.

A knowledge of health and safety is important and there are regular health and safety course all employees have to do which require questions to be answered and a certain pass rate achieved. These courses are to be completed by all members of an organization from the CEO to the shop floor worker to those working in the docks as everyone has a responsibility for the environment they work in

These courses although irritating to do, as it is always required to be completed at a busy time of the year, is essential and helps empower workers to make appropriate health and safety decisions when needed.

Thankfully, due to legislation, there is a requirement for there to be a health and safety officer at each business location. They are there to ensure rules are being followed and to answer any questions that may arise. They are however not solely responsible for making sure the work environment is a danger free zone.

This responsibility also extends to other areas of the workplace. If the hot water coming out of the taps is too hot, if the protein supplements such as that reviewed at topwheyproteinisoate that is offered at work for those who like to workout during lunch time, are out of date, if the milk in the fridge is off, it is the responsibility of whoever discovers this to inform the relevant person so a plumber can be called. Before, hand though, put a note on the tap warning people it’s the water is too hot. The milk and protein supplement should be disposed of and new ones ordered.

On the whole, we all want to work in a pleasant environment and together this can be achieved.

The penalties for organisations that do not comply to health and safety regulations consist of fines, closure and in certain cases, jail time for employees depending on the severity of the offence.

This shows that health and safety should be taken seriously in the work place by all.