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40 PCB007 MAGAZINE I APRIL 2023 Some of you will not like this column, but it needs to be said. With all due respect, listen up, and read this with an open mind. I've been talking to company owners over the past six months, and they all say essentially the same thing: "People just don't want to work anymore." e reasons for this vary. Workers are spoiled and lazy because "the government gave them too much money," or "their genera- tion was raised badly," or "they're spoiled and expect too much." Sound familiar? If you've said these things yourself, please don't feel like I am picking on you. No, I am hearing these things from every- one I talk to—and it's a problem. is problem is only going to get worse if we don't start hav- ing a little more respect for those we are try- ing to hire. ere's a real irony in some people saying the government paid these "spoiled" folks "too much," as the people claiming that were likely first in line for the hundreds of thou- Solving Your Talent Problem sands (if not millions) of dollars the govern- ment handed out in PPP money. at money was just another form of government welfare, by the way. When you get right down to it, all of us, in one way or another, are on welfare. Even the old guy who holds up a "Stop Government Entitlement" sign while sitting in his govern- ment-bought electric scooter. Personally, I love my old man government insurance—aka Medicare. Yes, even with my six-figure income, I too am on welfare. Now that I have your attention, this is what I want you to ask yourself: 1. Is my company a good place to work? Why? 2. Would I like to work here today? Not 30 or 40 years ago when some of us started—but today? 3. Why would I want to work here? It's Only Common Sense Feature Column by Dan Beaulieu, DB MANAGEMENT

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