Living wage hmmmmmm. By comparison to my wife there was only one point of my career that we made the same money and that was just for a short time. By the end of my career and with what I am worth today she crushes the $hit outta me, and that's with somewhat equal levels of education and training. Guess I shoulda been an accountant.
So I would have to say it depends on what you consider living?
When I was a struggling line cook, living to me was making bills and having enough left for beers. Owning a home, raising a daughter, hobbies or saving for the future were not in my vocabulary. Yet I was happy for the most part. When I "gradiated to the third grade".... There just was never and never seems to be enough. It seems that my ambition and our needs go well beyond the scale. Then reality set in. I had to learn the job pays what it pays. Nothing more....but usually always less. So you make sacrifices. Also the/these job(s) are being fought for by more than just yourself. How's that supply and demand theory work? If anyone needs an example just look at the gas pump next time you fill up.
As someone just mentioned, these jobs don't pay much and brother they ain't kidding! I've said it before in other posts... In this business "Ya gotta Love it!". You're gonna work your butt off and for little pay, this is where the nobel part comes into view. So you end up doing the best you can, each and every day. What other reason is there for dragging yourself outta bed every day at the crack of dawn and then not returning home until it's dark, again. It's sure not the pay not to mention the glowing personallities of your co-workers and or bosses. Either you have to find your own triumphs and make the best of them or you're gonna end up with some form of co-dependancy. You learn to accept but not be complaicent
Acceptance doesn't mean that you roll over and take what the "Boss" deems as acceptable pay. This is wher the not being complaicent part kicks in. You still have do the job as best as you can and still put up a fight and hope that if ya don't get what ya ask for your efforts and actions will provide you proof in your favor. (NOT!)
Your boss is no different than you are or will be with the people under you. We all try to get as much as we can for what we pay. Funny this isn't just isolated to the workplace. It's the "bang for your buck" theory. We all want more for less.
Personally and just my opinion.... I'll pay more to get it right but I have my limits. As far as compensation or at least the expectation of such, things have gotten to the point of being ludicrious. Now I will yield to the fact that, in the restaurant industry, wages 20yrs ago were far better than they are today (relatively speaking) and this is a cry'n shame. Wish I could change it but I can't and the sad reality is, like I already said, the job pays what it pay's.
As a society we have an over inflated sense of personal worth. We all want to dictate our terms and make things worth more than they actually are. This is directed entirely at the "Club" (former CEO's, Home Depot for example, that recieve a $250,000,000.00 severence check) or those over-paid, trained circus performers (athletes, media, entertainment, etc...) we watch on any given weekend. They set the level of the bar and then scream "Bloody murder" when when you try to ask for just a fair share.
Looks like I've just taken the long way around with a detour on the soap box to say that a living wage seems to have become almost a subjective** concept.:rolleyes:
The old advice of "keeping the nose to the grindstone" isn't bad by any stretch. It'll just take a little longer than other methods. Anything work having is worth waiting for. Creates better understanding and ability to teach others.
peculiar to a particular individual : PERSONAL
judgments> (2) :
modified or affected by personal views, experience, or background c :
arising out of or identified by means of one's perception of one's own states and processes