”I can’t afford, and I can’t compete with some of the bigger guys that are paying big, big bucks,” said Ensor. “But I know I got to pay more than minimum wage.“ Both owners say the competition as a small business is hard enough when larger companies add to higher wages. ”It was pretty tough. It still is,” said Tsahiridis. “But it’s like, it’s a lot more competitive.”
In the restaurant industry, the owner of Greek Belly in downtown Springfield, John Tsahiridis, says the workforce shortage and having premiums on wages is a key issue. “I find it hard to believe that anybody can even get employees at minimum wage,” said Ensor. ”I just don’t think it matters, not here in Missouri, because you’re just not paying minimum wage anymore. You can’t [pay minimum wage] and get the people, you’ve got to pay a premium to get those people.”
”I’ve been having no-shows to interviews,” said Tsahiridis. “I feel like it just reduces the amount of people, type of quality people I would like to interview.” Dennis Ensor, the owner of Pet Wants, a local pet store in Springfield, said he doesn’t think the new wage increase will affect many businesses in the Ozarks for the near future.
”It’s just getting people to apply,” said Ensor. “I mean, we put ads on Indeed, and don’t get any responses for maybe a week or so. It used to be that people wanted to work, but it’s a little different now.” To report a correction or typo, please email email@example.com Ensor said filling spots has many small business owners feeling worrisome for the future.
”If my employees quit, or get let go for whatever reason, my wife and I got to pick up the slack. We’re open a lot of hours,” said Ensor. “So I don’t think it’s so much the wages anymore.” Ensor said, when people quit it, puts small businesses into a tough situation.
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