Guest editorial: Creative housing for seasonal workers
Sometimes I see things differently. To create different results, as a community we need to do things differently. Currently, we are focused on doing the same things (essentially) and expecting change. Unfortunately, life does not work that way.
Many Parkites work at the resorts to receive the benefits that go with the package. I am among you at one of the resorts. Therefore, I am quite familiar with working with seasonal workers, and count some of them as friends.
My profession is recruiting –- since 1981. If succeeding in a profession for 36 years makes a person an expert, I may be considered an expert.
Seasonal worker housing is a recruiting problem for the resorts and the cost for seasonal housing needs to be borne by the resorts. However, sometimes governments need to encourage companies to help themselves.
The resorts spend a lot of money recruiting these workers, year after year after year. Once these workers come to Park City, many decide not to return because finding acceptable housing is a problem. Remember, the starting wage for these workers is approximately $10 an hour. Wouldn’t it be nice if the resorts made seasonal worker housing a recruiting priority: The Park City Difference?
There are plenty of seasonal workers available who are U. S. citizens, included among them are young workers in the Salt Lake Valley who simply cannot afford to live here. The seasonal workers enjoy moving from winter resorts to summer resorts and life in places the rest of us want to visit on vacations. n a way, they are their own sub-culture. Yes, they do communicate among each other.
If a resort desires to be among the best places to visit, it needs to hire the best workers. Simple equation. If it desires to hire the best workers, the resort needs to differentiate itself from all the others. Colleges and universities learned that lesson with their dorms many years ago.
This is only a start. Better workers contribute to all of our experience in Park City!
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