By Katie Torres
One of the most recent political hot buttons has been the topic of raising minimum wage.
Proponents of this raise are concerned that the current wages are not enough to support a living; those who are against the raise suggest that minimum wage jobs are simply not worth the higher rate of pay.
Most minimum wage jobs are found within the restaurant industry, where people "flip burgers" for a living.
I'm not here to make any sort of political statement, but I do want to address a lie that's been circulating.
Whether or not there should be a raise on the minimum wage, there is a lie being told that says one job is more valuable than another.
"Flipping burgers" may be just that - flipping burgers. But if those burgers aren't flipped, people who are on their way to jobs they deem "more important" are tough out of luck if they get hungry along the way.
The restaurant industry suffers from this lie, as do jobs within the maintenance and repair industry.
Typically, hands-on jobs are ones that are written off as being of lesser value, and therefore are viewed as less fulfilling.
Well let me just say: If someone were to tell me that my job is of lesser value because I work in the maintenance industry, I would be deeply offended.
I wouldn't be offended because that person was blunt enough to give me such a bold opinion.
I'd be offended because it simply is not true.
Jobs within the maintenance and fast food industries (or any other industry that is considered a hands-on, “unskilled” trade) have value.
These are all jobs which directly affect the lives of other human beings.
Without maintenance and repair, no one can go on with their daily work, whether they see it as "important" or not. We would lack the equipment, technology, and facilities needed to do our jobs well.
Without people who were willing to work in the fast food industry, we'd have a lot of hungry, disgruntled people driving around. (Can you say, "hangry road-rage"?)
You see, people are not “just” flipping burgers.
They are not “just” fixing broken toilets.
The people who work these jobs are the people who make everyday life possible for everyone else, and each of these jobs has value.
Each and every person who works these jobs is a person of value.
It’s time to start thinking differently about the way we view our work.
Envoy recognizes that there are real people on the other side of every piece of broken equipment, and we value these people.
If you see the value in these people and jobs the way we do, take a look at our site for more information. We also have a place to check out open job positions for anyone who would like a fulfilling job within the facilities maintenance industry.