I wonder…. does anyone leave the Cannabis Industry to pursuit other careers?
I mean, is the Cannabis Industry the equivalent to a Fast Food job?
I woke up this morning pondering my choices and my future after having a DM discussion with some of my friends. It seems one of the young ladies is having a difficult time getting call backs on non Cannabis related jobs. She’s young, good looking, has a decent resume with education and work history. She’s applying for low level positions and her resume reflects management experience, yet she’s not getting call backs? It made us ponder the possibility that her 3 year Cannabis industry experience may be the cause.
It may be that the rest of the nation doesn’t find value in the Industry. They may see the work history and decide “stoner.” There’s still a lot of ignorance regarding the importance of Cannabis and there’s a great possibility transitioning from Cannabis to Corporate (Cannabis business is corporate smh) may be an obstacle.
The nation still sees Marijuana as an illegal drug and users still battle stigmas. Just the other day I had to correct someone for assuming I get high everyday. I explained to them that I suffer from mental illness and I does when I need to. I opted for marijuana as my treatment instead of the opioid based drugs I was previously prescribed. I also explained that I was having better results with marijuana than I was having with my prescribed medications.
I recognize the industry is still new and businesses haven’t even settled in soone of thier best work practices, however as a Cannabis Consultant and Educator I can’t help being concerned about the longevity of employment for the people entering into the industry. As the licensees pursuit the “Green Rush” are they structuring for thier teams retirement or are they setting thier business models up for the big “Cash Out?”
It’s important that the employee who is looking to make Cannabis a career aligns themselves with business that offer chances for advancement. The higher positions tend to offer some benefits like health insurance and an equivalent to a 401k. Some of the lower level positions rarely offer health insurance and quite often are not full time. This is a masterful way of keeping the position from being a liability and most of the time THAT position is a revolving door.
I often hear owners say, “it’s hard to find good help!” As a professional I don’t subscribe to that idealogy. I believe a team is Coached to succeed. I also believe it’s negligent on any employer to hire for capabilities alone. We should ALWAYS hire people that will fit our business culture and then as leaders we commit to our teams success. We should never find ourselves in a position where we “fire” someone, with the exception of illegal activities, the employee should notice they forfeited their working privileges. Smh
I went on a rant….. SORRY!!
As we watch the Camabis industry stabilize, I can only hope business owners are offering true longevity plans to thier teams they hope will help them mine thier GREEN GOLD.
A’Esha “The GREAT” Goins
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