The Labor Shortage is Not Real

Jessica Bordelon Mashael
3 min readApr 21, 2022

For the past year, everyone’s been complaining about the Great Resignation. People are increasingly seeking out better options that bring in more pay or more quality time and a focus on well-being above profits.

The two sides of this discussion are the “Serve Me Nows” and the “You Don’t Really Need Thats.”

For the “Serve Me Nows” the world has become a US grocery store. What does that mean? If you’ve never shopped in another country, you might not realize how insanely expansive our options are in the United States grocery stores. We have 50 or more cereals to choose from, 20 different types of paper towels, etc.

But not all of us have the “Serve Me Now” mentality.

The “Serve Me Nows” are used to driving down the street and finding 7 different fast food options, 5 different coffee shops, 10 different dine-in restaurants, and a plethora of entertainment options.

The low wage market that has existed for so long kept service industry workers employed at 2 or 3 jobs at the same time. Which meant that all of these places could be fully staffed and still generate profits at the expense of the health and sanity of these employees.

If these places had to pay a fair wage what would…



Jessica Bordelon Mashael

I am all the stuff of Millenials — Multitasker, Hustler, Unapologetic, Humanitarian. I write about Growth: wealth, relationships, spirituality and more. :-)