I was reading this interested story about a lady named Talia Jane who decided to vent out publicly about her minimum wage job at Yelp and how what she makes simply isn’t livable. Not too surprisingly she was let go from her job shortly after. Whether or not the two situations were related is a mystery of course. But this story brought up a lot of topics about millennials and entitlement in general. Like in this case, is it more about the person themselves or is it literally financially impossible to live on a minimum wage salary? She wrote as an example:
So here I am, 25-years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week. Every single one of my coworkers is struggling. They’re taking side jobs, they’re living at home. One of them started a GoFundMe because she couldn’t pay her rent.
I have no doubt that things are probably very expensive where she lives. Similar to here though, I can’t help but to think there are a lot of lifestyle choices which directly affect her situation too. This of course generated a lot of controversy with people labeling her with things like an entitled millennial where people are debating back and forth about it. It got the CEO to react to it too.
It got me thinking for myself if I ever complained about a job not paying enough. I’ve worked what is considered to be the bottom of the barrel jobs too such as fast food restaurants. For myself, the only time pay has ever been an issue with me was when I felt there was like favoritism or discrimination where things like wages were based more on being cool with a higher up as opposed to your skills and performance. I guess for me, I always sees jobs as an opportunity to grow as a person as opposed to something you do just for money.
At this day and age I am surprised more people don’t think this way considering how straight forward it can be to create a part time business such as selling items online or even educating others for a fee. If anything, the companies should then want to do everything to keep you if you are performing great and knowing that money itself isn’t your main motivation. Like in my cases anyways, it was more about the passion to learn, grow and experience different things through a job which in turn gave me bigger opportunities that equaled more pay.
Social media has definitely made it easier to voice your displeasure about your employer’s business practices such as the wages it pays. In my view, even if you are juts an employee you should still treat it like a business in some ways I feel. So if you feel the company is mistreating you financially then I think that is simply a sign to build something for yourself or not to rely on that company for your main income source. Even as a business person if dedicating all your time to one client simply isn’t paying the bills then I would imagine most people would find ways to find different clients.
Again, I think it is better to treat your job as an opportunity. If you take away the money factor and afterwards end up not really gaining anything out of it then I would say you are doing the wrong job. I would imagine this would encourage you to pay attention to all aspects of your life whether it be finding ways to cut down on expenses or creating multiple streams of income based on your lifestyle choice. That way, you are never dependent on just this one “job” as your necessity where you then have a mindset that you have to essentially beg for more money.