Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Congratulations Carters

As reported in the Herald yesterday, Carters have chosen to reduce their opening hours by closing on Sundays. AND, they've cited staff retention as a reason for the closure. It's great to see a business actually giving a shit about their employees for once, and acknowledging that being good to staff is good for business. Here's to work/life balance!!


Blogger FreeThinker said...

What if people WANT to work on Sundays?

11:14 AM  
Blogger Mellie said...

It's the same as the wages question. They can go and work for the competition. After all, isn't that what the free market is all about?

This was a bold move by Carters and an unusual step to differentiate themselves from the competition. I daresay they will get more business because of it. It will certainly get the thumbs up from their workers and their union.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Mellie said...

And, surely the fact that a business has taken this step gives it unquestionable merit. Or has the infallibility of business suddenly evaporated?

5:49 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Firstly, I would assume that Carters would have a fairly good idea of what their staff are wanting and needing.

Their have been staff retention problems, probably related to working in a "short-staffed" environment, something I've experienced, and it aint nice!

They'll have the same number of staff, but spreadover 6 days instead of 7, meaning less pressure on staff, not less work available.

And, if they want to work on Sundays, they can go and work in the St Lukes store, which is staying opening (makes sense seeing as the St Lukes store caters to their "household" customers).

2:41 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

oh, and Mellie, I like your free market reference. that was nice.

2:42 PM  
Blogger span said...

i was stoked when i heard about this. i'm one of those weirdos who thinks one of the best things about the Big Holidays are that the shops are closed. it must absolutely suck having to work Xmas day, especially serving people in a restaurant while they have their own family dinner. Carters closed on Sundays - good start!

9:33 PM  

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