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Workers fed up with nights, weekends seek flexible schedules


October 21, 2021

LM Otero, Associated Press

Balsam Hill Outlet sales associate Rickey Haynes walks through the store during on-the-job training with retail manager Kelly Bratt in Allen, Texas, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

NEW YORK - After struggling to hire workers for its outlet store in Dallas, Balsam Hill finally opened on Sept. 1. But the very next day, the online purveyor of high-end artificial holiday trees was forced to close after four of its five workers quit.

The main gripe for three of them? Working on weekends. So they found jobs elsewhere with better hours.

Balsam Hill reopened weeks later with nine workers, hiking the hourly pay by $3 to $18 per hour. But more importantly, it changed its approach: Instead of only focusing on the needs of the business, it's now closely working with each employee to tailor their schedules based on when they want to work.


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