Missouri business owners pay for ‘Get. To. Work.’ billboard

October 8, 2021 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Billboards that are popping up around one Missouri city say its time to “Get Off Your Butt!” and “Get. To. Work.” as jobs go unfilled.

“Apply Anywhere” urges the Springfield signs, which are paid for by a group of frustrated business owners that includes Brad Parke.

“We don’t know where people are,” said Parke, the General Manager of Greek Corner Screen Printing and Embroidery. “Obviously they’re not at work. Apparently they’re at home. So that’s where we came up with ‘Get Off Your Butt’. And then the ‘Apply Anywhere’ is about everyone’s looking for employees. You can’t drive a block through a commercial district without someone having a sign saying ‘Now Hiring.’”

KYTV reports that the workforce shortage is a major problem in all sectors and its affecting the supply chain for all kinds of goods and services, despite the Greene County Commission reporting a record-low unemployment rate is at 2.8 percent.

Parke said the billboard company that put up the ad has already been getting feedback.

“He said they typically don’t get people calling in about billboards,” Parke said. “But someone called and said, ‘I don’t know who paid for that billboard but that’s awesome!’”