Sad But True
Its the sad truth about this industry. Some places are nice enough to have some benefits or enough staff to cover or switch you shifts however many places, like the one I had been at for almost two years, are understaffed. We had approximately 126 hours that needed to be staffed for bartending during the week, assuming only 1 bartender was on and it was split evenly thats 42 hours each if no one called off. Well then you factor in the busy shifts where you need 2 bartenders and now we are pushing into th 60-70 hour marks. People dont want to call off and let there team down. Or worse yet, that one shift could be the difference in making rent.
A possible idea could be organization sponsored health programs. When you sign up for an MMA fight, you get 48 hours of extremely good healthcare covered by the match provider (not always but in most cases) alot of fighters cannot afford health care and they go months with problems and then get it all out in that time. The amatuer rodeo association is very similar in the healthcare you get as part of your dues. Not sure if it is possible to do that with the USBG or not but it would be a great way to at least start helping people in this industry increase their standards of living
It is amazing how our industry works, where when we are sick we all have that mentality to go in and fight through it anyways. However, we sometimes forget the factor that plays in, which is our other employees and guests. On O'ahu, when people get sick here it's only a matter of time before the rest of us does. We must be vigillant about taking care of ourselves and use proper cleaning techniques.