As the economy continues to fluctuate, small businesses have been affected in many ways. However, according to the Los Angeles Times, teenagers can benefit small companies as long as the supervisors can work with the generational differences. Some businesses understand the differences while others make the mistake of treating them like younger versions of adult workers.
Teens that grew up in the digital era might shun paper-based information or have some attitude, wanting to know the why behind a command, experts said. High turnover among disengaged teen workers, whether it comes from being fired or quitting, costs small businesses money and productivity. Also, teens typically have entry-level positions in small businesses that put them in direct contact with customers, so it’s important they represent the company well.
At the Mulligan Family Fun Center in Murrieta, most of the 90 employees are ages 16 to 22, said the general manager, Mike Manassee. The 8-acre amusement park has made several changes to better engage teen workers. To adapt to the teens’ world, he stopped posting paper schedules on a bulletin board, and now, the schedules are online where workers can check them daily. In addition, an online forum was established for workers to post or trade shifts. The reason Manassee likes teenage employees is because they are often free on nights and weekends when he needs more help. In addition, these types of jobs require no experience and pay modestly, which doesn’t cost the company a whole lot in the end.
However, a downside is that teens can be more prone to injury because many are not physically or mentally mature, making their judgment not always reliable. Also, teen workers can be vulnerable to sexual harassment, sometimes from teenage managers. This could lead to legal complications and employers are also at risk if they don’t take seriously laws that pertain to teen employees.
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