Post-Pandemic Loyalty

Image result for coronavirus businessI can understand the impulse to support local business as much as possible during the pandemic. As I was reading stories of worker laments this morning–things a bit beyond the expected furloughs–it got me thinking.

On some fronts, it won’t be much of an adjustment. I prefer locally-owned restaurants to chains, though I’m not exclusive. I read about one bartender let go two days after his chain employer sent him a two-week schedule. Very bad form, I have to say. Once an employer sends a flexible schedule out, I’d say they’re ethically obligated to make good. Or consult the worker, at minimum.

I notice Amazon workers are walking out in New York over working conditions. Apparently, an extra $2 per hour isn’t enough to assuage concerns about unprepared managers.

The young miss has been notified her furlough has been extended and that she is free (as if she weren’t free before) to apply for other jobs. While I can appreciate loyalty to her first permanent full-time employer, people who helped her build up a decent nest egg for education, I don’t think she owes a minimum-wage outfit a smidgen of loyalty.

A music director friend back east has been cut back to half-time. Seems rather early for that. With that, maybe we can attribute his parish not getting ahead of the curve with online giving and account withdrawals. But these events make me steam a bit.

I’m not making a list just yet, but it might be worth tracking who seems worthy of continued loyalty as we head into economic recovery. I’m not going to binge on Amazon Prime, I think. I might patronize chain eateries even less frequently. The basics of modern life: purchasing food and clothes, borrowing and repaying money, making the occasional big expenditure–these will continue. Maybe with old businesses that weathered the storm. Maybe with new people doing new business.

All I’m saying: when we’re beyond distancing, let’s be careful about jumping back into things.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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