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A for profit business is just that, for profit. Their goal is not just to have happy employees--although it's not something they completely disregard either because happy employees=more productivity, fewer sick days, etc. But there needs to be a balance, because if you're selling a product or service, and most business are, you have a target market. If your target market gets turned off by certain things, then you're pushing away business and cutting into your profits. But there is a middle road that usually pleases everyone-- tattoos can be covered, or piercings taken out.
I mean, let's say your company is a golf club. The target market of your golf club is middle and upper class locals. You don't get to choose your target market, the target market chooses you. In this situation, appealing to this group is going to give you maximum profit. If tattoos, weird hair colors, and dressing improper don't fit within the norms of your target market, it would be bad for business for your staff to display these things.
It's not personal. Nothing is personal. It's business.
Why would you want to work at a place in which the demographic judges you anyway? That's the beauty of America, you don't have to. Go get a job at a hipster bar and rock the shit out of your piercings and tattoos if you want to, or be a software engineer, or be an entrepreneur and own your own company.
That's called a not-for-profit-- we have those :)
Sorry I had to interject there, now I will read the rest of your post.
explain better, please. Are you saying higher wages for the shitty jobs?
The reason this doesn't work, is that typically "shitty" jobs require little skill or education, which equals a higher amount of people in the job pool. That's why they pay less, because businesses don't have a problem filling them with how many people that are out there without education or skill. The jobs that pay more, pay more because the candidate pool is narrowed due to the fact that not everyone has the education or skill to fill it.
For isntance, cliche but still an appropriate example: Janitors vs. Brain Surgeons.