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After All the Talk About a Skills Shortage in the U.S. Job Market, the Real Problem May Be an Employer Shortage

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F. A. Hayek
11 points · 7 months ago

This is true, although there's another related issue: employers refuse to train employees. Like, at all. The one guy who knows how to do anything beyond the most basic tasks quits and they're left trying to fill the position of "guy who knows everything we do and does it the exact way we do it" from external candidates.

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Many companies I've worked for or with take this to an unbelievable level.

They have employees who are good at their job, they're enthusiastic and motivated, they want to improve, take on more responsibilities and be able to do more things.

They get little if any support in doing so, my previous and current employer will not countenance paying for training or qualifications under any circumstance. The only times people have received training is when a partner on a project has demanded it.

This creates problems such as the fact that only me and one other guy can actually administrate our companies' CRM and only one person in the company is able to put together certain product offerings.

If any of us left they'd be stuck with a vacancy that they wouldn't be able to fill very easily at all, and in the case of that product guy, perhaps not at all.

Management do not seem to think these things are problems.

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It just seems incredibly short-sighted.

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Paul Krugman
3 points · 6 months ago

Hard to organize a union if no one ever gets a chance to know their coworkers because of the churn.

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European Union
2 points · 6 months ago

I spent two months as a temporary-to-hire warehouse employee at Walgreens and this is what I heard about from the long-termers on-site. They said it was like putting out cannon fodder.

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the employer punishes itself for poor decision making.

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Hannah Arendt
2 points · 6 months ago

Is there some dumb trend in business school that is driving this phenomenon?

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F. A. Hayek
2 points · 6 months ago

I think it's just people being short-sighted. Trying to cut costs that don't seem immediately profitable.

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