How about Catholic Charities and new immigrants? Husband's company worked with several social service type agencies, for the deaf and for the blind, for example.Quote:
We moved from CO, and I have lived in other states and have not come across this attitude/issue to this level before, either.
This company is world-wide including many plants in many other states, most of which do not have any of these issues finding help. It really is this area and the environment here. They have sent in plenty of people from HQ to figure out how to solve this; so far the solution is just keep hiring and running though them, hoping one or two here and there will stay.
They have tried working with local schools, which is difficult, as it is shift work, and the local school system (read up on Memphis and the county schools if you want an interesting eye-opener) is pushing a "Every Child College Ready" type program, and is not interested in the helping kids with the "trades".
Tried local programs with community leaders to help poverty-stricken teens; they have only a few that made it through that program and remained.
A couple of those are now family friends, and their insights are very disheartening indeed; it is very much an attitude in many local areas to "get it over on the man", and a source of pride of not having to "slave" at a real job. Peer pressure is an issue; not working is "cool", and actually working means you get robbed and at minimum constantly hit up for $$ since you "sold out" and they know you have more than them.
Tried with "welfare to work" type programs, and that was an unbelievable mess; lots of folks expecting to work a couple hours a couple times a week, calling out on their second day, using no transportation as an excuse not to come to work while refusing rides, you name it. Not one person from that made it more than a month before just up and quitting (Yes, even after the above they tried to work with the people, "training" them of what a real job entails, like showing up, working and not walking off after 10 minutes, etc.).
This employer PUSHES upward mobility and promoting from within and has a great amount of training classes and help for those who want a promotion to the next level. If you work hard and try, you WILL be promoted (sometimes even undeserved, IMO), and the promotions all have monetary components; no busting your rear for just a higher title. And if you want to go "all the way", quite a few people have been promoted into upper management and to HQ jobs.
I really don't get what it is about this area where jobs go begging while people would rather fuss about how bad it is rather than do something.
And I'm not saying it is everywhere, but this region honestly amazes me; it often seems to be a way of life that few are willing to give up??