Lee’s shining example highlight’s this country’s poor work ethic

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Charlie Mullins
Charlie Mullins

Founder of Pimlico Plumbers, Charlie Mullins, shares his views with Business Leader regarding the story of Lee Moore – the man who vented his frustrations on LinkedIn about people’s attitudes to work and it subsequently went viral.

Hairnets off to Lee Moore!

If the name’s not familiar, then it certainly should be as he managed to shine an unwelcome light on all that is wrong with the work ethic of many in this country – simply by being a grafter.

Lee, who is 36-years-old and from Nottinghamshire, had been out of a job since February and things got so bad that he took a mortgage holiday while searching for work.

If that wasn’t enough, his wife had only just returned to work part-time having spent most of 2019 battling cancer.

When he was offered temporary work by a recruitment agency at a food packaging firm, despite the low wage, Lee gladly accepted because it allowed him to cover some bills and provide for his family.

While his attitude is to be applauded, most people would expect this to be the default position of the too many people who find themselves in this situation.

However, Lee was so shocked by the turn of events just an hour into his first 6am shift that he took to LinkedIn to vent his displeasure.

He wasn’t complaining about the menial work, relatively low pay, or conditions, but his absolute astonishment at the dismal display from his fellow temps.

Lee had turned up with four others and by 7am was the only one remaining. All the rest quit – one because they were required to wear a hair net, one refusing to use a computer to print off a label, and two because the job was boring.

Now normally, I wouldn’t praise someone for doing the right thing – but Lee has succeeded in drawing attention to the shocking work ethic among many that, unless it is not addressed, will hold this country back.

At a time when there is a widespread skills shortage across many vital sectors, it astonishes me that there is a sizeable chunk of people not prepared to get off their backsides and make something of their lives.

They may say it’s alright for me to sound off, but I started out on the rough streets of the Elephant & Castle in London. Life could easily have turned out differently, but I was fortunate enough to be taken on as a plumber’s apprentice.

I seized on that chance and made the best of things, and one opportunity led to another. Many a successful entrepreneur has started out on the bottom rung of the ladder, but it saddens me that some people are not even prepared to stick it for even an hour.

I hope that what happened to Lee after his LinkedIn rant will serve as a lesson and change how people view themselves and the world of work.

After writing: “I’m amazed people that are out of work can choose to be so picky and refuse to work because it’s ‘boring’ or ‘embarrassing to wear a hair net’” his post received more than 120,000 reactions.

He then received hundreds of job offers in sales and recruitment and has now taken up a role with a Derbyshire company. Its director Adrian Buttress said he believes in hiring on attitude, as everything else can be taught.

Securing a well-paid and rewarding job is not a right but is earned through hard work and determination. Look where that got Lee Moore.

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