Why the Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

1379 WordsFeb 23, 20185 Pages
What kind of pay would you demand if you were expected to clean dirty toilets, pick up germy trash, and deal with customers who are nasty, rude and disrespectful to you while you are serving them? Would you do it for three dollars an hour? What about seven or eight dollars an hour? Well, many minimum wage jobs involve such duties as these. However, the minimum wage here in Illinois is only $8.25 per hour (US Dept. of Labor, 2014). In Indiana, the state where I work, it is a dollar less than that (US Dept. of Labor, 2014). The following information will discuss reasons why this wage should be increased and the benefits that accompany an increase for all of us regardless to whether we earn the minimum wage or a higher a wage. According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), one benefit an increased wage would bring would be an improvement in overall productivity resulting in a reduced turnover rate for the company (NELP, n.d.). It makes an employee want to come to work and perform at an optimal level if they are being paid well. Basically, the more we are paid, the better we want to perform and the more we will show up for work. Job satisfaction plays a huge role in an employee’s willingness to commit to a company. If we are satisfied with our employer and the pay, chances are we are going to remain with that employer. That is why this would ultimately reduce the employee turnover rates of companies. Good pay is an extremely important factor in job satisfaction. Some

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