Thursday, November 29, 2007

No Crappy Employees Wanted


I thought I would balance out my last post with something a bit more light-hearted...


So in Edmonton, a small business owner was so fed-up with her influx of crappy employees that she resorted to unconventional measures to filter-out her next batch of workers. How unconventional are we talking here? Well, Charmaine Rose, owner of the high-end lingerie boutique, La Belle Femme, targeted the first place any job hunter actually starts their search--the Classifieds. But instead of the usual we-are-looking-for-full time-workers-spiel, Rose's full-page ad reads: "If you can come to work on time, not steal from us, not show up drunk, then come in and see us today..." Damn straight!

Not surprisingly, Rose's disillusionment is a reflection of Alberta's current human resource crisis. Since potential employees are basically tripping on entry-level jobs, this high availability of employment is ironically having an adverse effect on employers. According to Rose, "I've had 50 year-olds come to work drunk and missing shifts after payday, and saying to me, 'I know what the job market is like and can basically pick up 10 positions in a half hour....'"

So as Alberta continues to ride high on their epic oil wave, I can only imagine how disasterous the crash is going to be once all the pumps run dry...

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/edmonton/story/2007/11/29/newspaper-ad.html

8 comments:

The All Seeing Eye said...

Hmmm.. "Fantasy Lane"... I wonder if Map Quest has the driving instructions... ;)

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

If you ever find the place, make sure to let me know! LOL!

Black_Mamba said...

Hi CC! You know what they say, 'because we can'.

Have a great weekend ahead :)

ZenDenizen said...

I love this list of questions asked by potential crappy employees :)

The employers were also asked to list the "most unusual" questions that have been asked by job candidates.

"What is it that you people do at this company?"
"What is the company motto?"
"Why aren't you in a more interesting business?"
"What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?"
"Why do you want references?"
"Do I have to dress for the next interview?"
"I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?"
"Will the company move my rock collection from California to Maryland?"
"Will the company pay to relocate my horse?"
"Does your health insurance cover pets?"
"Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?"
"Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?"
"Do you think the company would be willing to lower my pay?"
"Why am I here?"

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

Ivy...
You have a great weekend too and thanks for commenting!

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

Zen...
Ha ha ha! That's hilarious--definitely reminds me of some useless employees i've crossed paths with!

karloff said...

Oh Alberta, is there nothing you can't buy?

I mean, other then sober people.

Still, kind of tempting to move sometimes.

--Bamboo Blitz-- said...

karloff...
Yup, it's definitely the "land of opportunity" nowadays and people are trying to get-the-getting- while-the-getting-is-good...Up in Fort McMurray, I heard that they were even paying school teachers up to $90,000 as an incentive! Don't get me wrong, I think teachers are often underpaid as it is so this is a great opportunity for them, but it's just a reflection of how much $$ is actually kicking around over there...

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