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How to Hire Help at Your Restaurant

by | Aug 31, 2021 | Business, Tips | 0 comments

It’s no secret that there is a labor shortage for many industries in the United States. Following pandemic restrictions and unemployment benefit extensions, many industries are struggling to keep employees at their establishments. And while there are considerations to make regarding COVID-19 and all its effects on the restaurant industries, studies also suggest that this might not be the only factor in keeping workers away from restaurants and hospitality.

According to a recent study by Black Box Intelligence and Snagajob, compensation is a factor in the underemployment rates of the restaurant and hospitality industries, mostly because, as Victor Fernandez, vice president of insights and knowledge at Black Box, says, right now employees have the upper-hand in terms of payment. However, he also noted that this was not the sole reason for decline. “Workers also cited factors like scheduling, childcare and overall concern about their mental and physical health,” said Fernandez.

In the wake of the pandemic, the United States also experienced major changes across industries and society in general. And as workers emerge from quarantines and restrictions to a new kind of life, they are also needing to make adjustments in their work.

According to an article from Nation’s Restaurant News, workers are now just as motivated to find jobs that offer benefits, childcare, healthy working environments, and future opportunities as they are by compensation. With this in mind, and in conjunction with Black Box Intelligence’s study, Nation’s Restaurant News built a framework for hiring employees to your restaurant given the current climate. With attention to layered compensation and benefits offerings, consideration for workers with families, and a diligences about the company culture an employee will work in, restaurants can make themselves competitive in the hiring process. In fact, “66% of respondents [to Black Box Intelligence’s study] said they would return to the industry if the right conditions were met.”

The Nation’s Restaurant News article is worth a read in its entirety; but also remember that you don’t have to navigate these industry changes and challenges alone. Our consultants keep a finger on the pulse of the industry and can assist you in finding the workers you need to see your restaurant thrive in this new environment.