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Maybe It’s My Breath!

Don - March 28, 2006

I don’t know what is going on, maybe it’s my breath, maybe it’s the water.

My wife and I own a bridal store.  Fortunately the business is growing.  We have tried to hire new employees twice now in the past 2 months.  We have 20-30 interested girls who call and seem anxious to apply.  (We also have 10-15 that we disqualify over the phone for various reasons).  Out of these 20-30 girls usually half show up for our hiring process.  The past two months we had 8 at one meeting and 6 at the other.  Out of that small pool we have chosen 2, the first time and 3 last week to come to work. 

They have all gone thru quite an extensive testing and interview process.  They understand the job requirements and pay.  Out of the first two, both quit, one the day before she started and one the day after she started.  This time out of 3 we already have one who quit today, after one day’s work.

Is this a common thing now days?  Are jobs so plentiful they can say yes to two or three places and then pick which they like the best?  Is $8 and hour plus commissions too cheap. (Washington state’s minimum wage is $7.35….and Idaho just 20miles away is $5.25) 

A year and a half ago we hired 2 girls and they are still with us.  Last year we hired 3 girls and two of them are still with us.  What’s going on this year?  Is it my breath?


  1. I am assuming that you are in the Spokane area.

    To be honest with you, I am not quite sure why this happens. We have a high turnover rate where I work too. (I think it’s about 200% a year). I think that kids aren’t taught a work ethic these days. Parents pretty much give their kids all they need, and then expect them to go out into the world on their own. This really doesn’t work.

    Perhaps you are a mean boss. Are you nice to your employees?

    Comment by Ian Cook — March 28, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

  2. Yes, it is your breath. Would you like a Jr. Mint? They can be very refreshing.

    Comment by Bret — March 28, 2006 @ 3:40 pm

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