A Novel Solution to a National Problem

Visiting a Currys.digital store yesterday helped open my eyes to one of the UK’s many current issues; the Primark sale that is the job market.

Young people desperate for work will hand their CVs into every shop or to every company they can think of, in hope that one of them will take them on. But this is not how it should be. The young lad (he must’ve been even younger than me) in Currys proved this to me, with his attitude that stank of ‘I’d rather be anywhere else’, not knowing the company’s products and not seeming to care for me as a customer. For the record, I enquired about the Lenovo Yoga laptop, one of the flagship Windows 8 devices, which he did not even seem to recognise the name of. Yep, a worker in the only consumer electronics shop didn’t recognise one of the main products on offer.

After running off to find someone who actually knew the answer, he still seemed unsure and couldn’t offer any more information about the device. He kept saying he was new to working there, which was obvious, but there wasn’t a hint of an apology. Apparently you have to go to a bigger branch to see the laptop.

Workers like this highlight the problem the country currently faces. Young adults in search of work have a tendency to throw their CVs at any company that might give them time, rather than the ones they actually want to work for. What this does is it means the workers will lack the enthusiasm required to be a good salesperson if working in the retail sector. However, this problem is not exclusive to retail – every job will be completed better by an employee with a genuine enthusiasm for the company, a person that wants the company to succeed will be so much more enthusiastic in whatever workplace they are in, and this positivity will only be transferred to their colleagues.

It is not only the fault of the jobseekers, though, the employers also should take some of the blame. Their interviewers should be capable of working out who’s going to offer positivity and enthusiasm, and who’s going to be like the boy yesterday. If they only took on people with genuine enthusiasm and preferably knowledge about the products, productivity would increase by so much.

Furthermore, if people only applied for companies they wanted to work for, both employees and employers would benefit, and with fewer applicants to each position, a lot of time would be saved too.

I do appreciate that now we are stuck in this cycle, it’s very hard to emerge from it, with such a competitive job market the likelihood is if you only apply for the places you want to work, someone less enthusiastic will get the job. One possible solution to this could be a government enforced limit to the number of applications you can make in any given month, say 4 companies. If each potential worker had their own ID card that they presented employers alongside their CVs, they could only be considered if they hadn’t exceeded their limit, and this would encourage people to be careful about to whom they apply.

This isn’t a full-proof solution, but certainly a novel idea that could be just what this country needs in these times of great austerity.

If you have anything to say on the matter, please comment below.

Oli

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2 thoughts on “A Novel Solution to a National Problem

  1. I’m not sure you quite understand the number of flaws with this idea that there are but here are a few:

    •ID Cards were attempted to he brought in but were stopped due to a combination if people protesting and the massive cost

    •Who wants to work in any shop? It’s an unsatisfying job

    •This is actually an issue of consumer training pretty much unique to electronic shops, you wouldn’t expect people in a clothes shop to talk to you about the details of the clothes

    •In an Economy with massive unemployment limiting the amount of applications is a ludicrous idea. You want as many as possible so the company can hire the best person for the job. Limiting the mobility of labour can only provide less jobs and a worse selection of candidates.

    •In fact the Governement attempt to get people to apply as much as possible in order to get their benefits. Introducing a costly measure to prevent job applications seems counter productive.

    •And lastly this is a non famous product to the average person (I’m not untechy, in fact I consider myself better than you) and its not a product which I’ve heard of without looking ino windows 8 computers (which I wouldn’t). To top that off it isn’t a product in the shop so the fact that a new person was confused about it is understandable. He’s probably attempting to learn the features of the 60 products he has to know while completing what I’m sure is a pretty soul destroying shift.

    Be you’re glad I accidentally clicked on this link 😛

    • There are many flaws in your arguments too but stating them would not help me because you’d deny it either way.

      I don’t feel like you’ve understood the point of my article though. I am fully aware that in reality this situation can never happen. But people are applying for every single job they can and as a result are getting stuck in ‘soul destroying shifts’ as you say. I would quite like to work there as part time jobs go, it would be up there with my ideals. It obviously wasn’t this guy’s, so arguably both company and person would be better off if someone more enthusiastic took that job. Everyone has varying interests and although this wouldn’t cater for everyone it would be a darn sight better than it is now. You suggest that unemployed people should apply to as many things as possible so the companies can get the best workers. Well that doesn’t seem very fair on the workers does it? They want to have the job that’s best suited to them, they don’t just want to be used by companies like that. This is my point. Workers deserve more power over what they do than they’re currently getting. They’re forced to apply to everything because that’s what everyone else is doing whilst in reality that would probably result in a troupe of unenthusiastic employees that can’t be bothered, like this guy.

      Also Currys sell TVs, cameras, PCs and a few other minor things. Their workers should know some of their most expensive products’ names at the very least. If he can’t be bothered to do that, they shouldn’t want him there, it just ruins the whole point of asking a supposed ‘expert’.

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