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Treat workers right

For the last several weeks and months there have been many articles and ideas on how to help the “struggling” economy, and to be perfectly honest, it’s getting a little repetitive. So here’s a new slant on an old idea.

While many proposals such as meetings and political change are wonderful, it just doesn’t seem to be happening very quickly, so I’d like to point out what everyone talks about but that doesn’t get carried through.

It’s really quite simple, and it flows from a letter two weeks ago headlined ‘We want Whistler to fail’. I was affronted at first when I read this title, but the letter spoke a truth from a worker’s viewpoint that many head honchos, management, and owners in Whistler need to hear and act on.

It pointed out that many of the transient and lower level workers in Whistler don’t feel respected in this community. They’re making minimal wages, living in relatively poor conditions, and many are only here for a short time. They are treated as indispensable and feel it too.

And yet they are the ones (most likely more than 80 per cent of them) who are on the front lines interacting with tourists in this town.

When everyone is wondering why the welcoming feeling has gone from Whistler, I’d suggest looking at a grass roots level. If workers are treated as indispensable and paid bare minimum wages (in an expensive place) they are not going to give 100 per cent effort in their job, or even close to it. These conditions cause resentment and don’t create a positive atmosphere in this town.

People, whether they are tourists or workers, will not be as likely to return to a place with this type of atmosphere. Whistler is amazing for all it’s beauty but Whistler is about it’s people too and the energy of everyone here.

So here’s a little tip that will help both your own business and Whistler as a whole. Genuinely make workers feel valued and appreciated (financially and otherwise), and they will pass that on to your customers, giving Whistler the edge (that it used to have) to rise above the rest.

Tova Jamernik


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