Career Calling

December 26, 2013

Helping Employees

Aljazeera America reports that McDonald’s has taken down a controversial website that offered “helpful” advice to low wage employees.  In the recent past, the website has come under fire for advising employees to earn money selling things on E-Bay and how to tip a pool cleaner.  The final straw hit close to home for the hamburger giant when the website, which is operated by a third party, told employees to stop eating fast food because it was unhealthy.  Something tells me that the company responsible for that bit of wisdom no longer works for McDonald’s.

Rather than try to tell low wage workers how to live on less, companies like McDonald’s should be leaders in paying a living way.  Would food cost more at the restaurant?  It would.  Would investors earn less on McDonald’s?  Probably.  Might franchise owners and corporate leaders need to take a pay cut?  They would.  Those are the costs.  What about the benefits?  Low wage workers would be pumping more into the economy.  McDonald’s would be able to recruit better talent.  Rather than give employees bad advice about how to live on less, it’s time to pay a living wage.

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