Would you Work Hard for a Min. Wage Job?

United States
August 10, 2012 11:39am CST
Today I just received my review for working at Kohls and I bust my butt a lot of times there for min wage. And today they say I have been slacking and not putting my best foot forward so for my yearly review I only received a 22 cent raise. I find this completely awful but honestly I'm really there for the sales most of the time anyways. But I've cut back to working only one day a week/month for a while so of course they are not able to see my every move. So would you work hard if it's just min wage? Or just coast by?
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20 responses
• United States
11 Aug 12
Since I would be the one asking them to hire me and they would be the ones kind enough to do so, I would not only work as hard as possible for minimum wage, but I would also speak highly of the place I work. Speaking highly of them is not only good for the store, but will eventually be good for me. Someone will recognize that I truly appreciate having the job and I will have a better chance of moving up in the company. My folks always said respect your employer because they gave you a chance. Work with every ounce of your being. If you cannot bring yourself to do these things, leave and give someone else a chance at the job/career. I listened and learned from what they taught me and went from a wimpy receptionist to the Director of Personnel.
• United States
12 Aug 12
I truly love your last paragraph. But even thou we should respect our employer, are employer should treat us better to because we are the people they are relaying on to make a positive effort to bring more business in and to treat their customers to uphold there name. Ierno quess that's the way I feel about it.
@Canellita (12059)
• United States
28 Aug 12
Your work ethic should be the same regardless of the job or the pay. How you behave is a reflection of your character and you should always do what is right. Just because you think yuo are busting your butt, it doesn't mean it is true. You have your way of looking at things and the employer/superviser has theirs. However, if you really are dedicated and they don't appreciate you for whatever reason (it happens), then it's time to look for another job.
@MsTickle (25006)
• Australia
15 Aug 12
There's a reason why it's a minimum wage job you know. In case you hadn't noticed, the lowest paid jobs are jobs that require the most amount of physical work. You may think your work deserves more money but the fact is, it doesn't. If you had to have a university degree to do what you do, things would be different. The job you are doing requires no qualifications so it's low paid. It's also where a person needs to develop a good work ethic. That's life.
@Pegasus72 (1902)
12 Aug 12
Be thankful you got a raise many jobs aren't giving them right now. Yes I have worked for min. wage and worked my butt off for it because it paid the bills, keeping a roof over our heads, and food on the table for my children. We have been blessed for the past few years with my husband having a great job, with great pay, and benefits, so that I can stay home with the kids. I do child care on the side but I don't make the big bucks anymore. I have worked min wage jobs, and well paying jobs. I think I liked them all.
• India
12 Aug 12
Hello my friend neededhope Ji, Well, after I got married, I was stopped to work, but I have 43 yrs experience with my hubby maintaining total tranparency all round, discussing even minute details. Thereby , I am of the opinion that one should not judge his/her own job. This should be left to others. Next, if someone wants to find out how one is doing, one should change the platform of thinking and deciding. I think world's richest person Warren Bufet's biography may help. Still I suggest 'DO YOUR DUTY WITHOUT WORRYING ABOUT RESULTS' May God bless You and have a great time
• United States
12 Aug 12
I'm in the same boat. I work for a well known retail company and I get paid minimum wage. In October it'll be a year that I've worked there and I"m still stuck at the same pay and position. I do a lot of things that in my opinion, are worth more than $7.67. There have been a few weeks I've worked my butt off so I could have a good paycheck only to be disappointed when my paycheck wasn't as good as I expected. It definitely discourages me and now I'm at the point where I just sort of coast along because it doesn't make a difference in my pay if I work really hard or just barely get by. In my opinion, the minimum wage is enough to pay me to come into work, but not enough to actually have me sell hard and meet all the goals for the managers who get bonuses.
@Porcospino (16434)
• Denmark
11 Aug 12
I have had a minimum wage job in the past, and I worked hard despite the low payment. It was no dream job, I didn't earn much and the job was boring, but I still worked hard, because I had no other job and a minimum wage job is better than no job at all when there are bills to pay. I worked hard and made few mistakes and I thought that I deserved a raise, but I never got it I continued working for the same low payment and and I was always looking for a better job. After some time I read about a better job, I applied and I got that job...and I was happy to leave my boring, minimum wage job.
@scheng1 (24850)
• Singapore
11 Aug 12
Hi Neededhope, I will put my best effort at work regardless of minimum wage or maximum wage. Even when I feel miserable at work, I will try to make life enjoyable for others, by greeting them with a smile and not frown at everyone. While I agree that pay is a serious concern, and getting minimum salary is not a good thing, I feel that there is karma at work. If we show our best effort, we will never stick to a low pay job for very long time, and people will remember you for a long time. Many years ago, I worked at a miserable rate of just four bucks per hour, and after mandatory deduction, there is nothing much left. However, my colleagues still remembered me even years after I left the company. While at work, my colleagues and bosses fought for a better raise for me. I did get a 50% increment in the next review.
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
I will work hard for a minimum wage if that is my only option. But if I have other source of income which gives me higher potential of earning, I will give more time and effort to it that the job with a minimum wage.
• United States
11 Aug 12
Sadly the people who make minimun wage are the ones who have to work the hardest, mentally and physically!!
• Jacksonville, Florida
10 Aug 12
Any job I have had I have worked very hard no matter how much it pays. I think it is the best way to do things. I worked at the Waffle House for $2.50 per hour plus tips. The tips were usually $.25-$.50 all the time. I doubt I even made minimum wage but I worked my butt off. Being a waitress is one of the most difficult jobs I have ever had!
@Mark72125 (136)
• United Arab Emirates
10 Aug 12
I believe it truly depends on oneself.I would usually not work for a low wage if the work is too much or requires excess hard work , I would leave it.I believe everyone deserves an average wage if not a good wage for any job.If someone is doing it well,they deserve to get paid well.It's alright if they want to try you out and see how well you work or not and then increase the pay but even after that if the pay increase is not enough and you believe you should get paid more , just leave it.It really depends.Good luck to you! Thanks!
@eagletrek2 (5041)
• Kingston, New York
10 Aug 12
Yes I would work hard becasue im doing it the 22 cent is better then the other places I used to work mcds and there was only 10cents and the place i work now they give the yearly review but 0 cent were i live the job market so hard a part time job is better then no jobs and most retail stores from big box to discount do not give full time any more for people who are not into management and if min wage goes up again more hours will be cut I know this from experience I have over 25 yr in retail and fast foods there and old saying work harder then you get pay for and some day you get pay more then you work i think i got the saying right the key to getting a good income is working smarter with out quiting your job look at some books at the book store to get ideas
• United States
10 Aug 12
If you have to ask yourself that question than you probably need to change jobs. As a previous Store Manager for a big box retailer I can tell you the .22 cents that you received is better then most associates get. I have seen as little as zero to .01. Now that is completely awful. Irregardless of the pay,if you can't put in your best every day and be happy doing it then you need to go elsewhere. Most raises in retail come from the corporate level not the store level and are determined by your rating.
@freqspaz (220)
• United States
10 Aug 12
Sigh, I ask myself this question everyday. I really love my job but I hate my pay. However I am terrified NOT to do a good job because the market around where I am SUCKS. If I lost my job where I work I would be screwed, and probably be working on being homeless. But really I don't feel like I am being paid enough to do the things I do everyday. I mean for what I make I don't believe that bank runs and getting change should be part of it. Nor do I feel that I should have to work through really big shipments AND run my store, for the most part by myself, yet I do. I guess, honestly I do work hard for min. wage, but I don't like it. I don't want to, but I have to. Now if I were at a job that didn't require so much for me, no, no I wouldn't go out of my way to do anything more than I absolutely had to.
@Pavan_m01 (115)
• India
10 Aug 12
It is bad thing happened on your part. . But rather than doing hard work why dont you do smart work. ? As you said you are working hard but this effort is not getting noticed . . So you need to think smart find a way to get your efforts noticed. . I believe in smart work rather than hard work
• United States
10 Aug 12
I would work hard for an amount of cash. I worked at mc donald's and I worked my hardest for those people. I love khol's and my daughter was working fr them too. they watch everything as we..
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
10 Aug 12
I graduated from university, and I didn't expect to work at a minimum wage job. But when we moved out here, and work was really hard to find, and I needed to pay rent and buy food for my family, I accepted a graveyard shift stocking shelves. I was surprised that I applied the same dedication of hardwork as with my previous salaried job. Of course it was a big let down everytime I saw my paycheck which I thought didn't match the effort I put in. Luckily, I used that as motivation to find something better.
@koopharper (6353)
• Canada
10 Aug 12
Good work habits are something I'm very proud of. I work hard whether I'm being paid well or not. If the job isn't a good one I will eventually move on. Those good work habits stay with me wherever I go and someday someone I work for will actually appreciate me.
• United States
10 Aug 12
This is so common and so frustrating. I would work hard, have a great attitude and look for other options. The thing about these kinds of jobs is that they never pay well, and never give good raises. Actually I don't think 22 cents is too bad compared to some that I have seen. Have a great attitude and work with a smile and watch for other opportunities. You never know what doors might open for you when you encouter a customer and give them great service. Kohls and all the rest of the retailers are there for them to make money so you need to see what you can do to learn from the experience and move on. Good luck- Better times are ahead!