NEWS: Restaurant Owner (RestaurantOwner.com), an industry leading resource for budding and seasoned independent restaurateurs, recently published an industry survey on the hiring and staffing issues plaguing the foodservice industry today. More than 650 independent restaurant owners responded with the unique situations they are facing in hiring and retaining their staff.
Over 63 percent of the operators surveyed note that their staffing challenges have increased in the past two years. While most would rank their restaurant as a good place to work, you may be surprised by the creative means some restaurateurs are using to find and retain their staff.
The most difficult category to hire: back of the house staff, with 56 percent of respondents stating that they are often short staffed and always hiring in their kitchens. Many operators call into question the quality of the labor pool, noting that it is increasingly difficult to hire conscientious, dependable employees.
Many independent operators are realizing that they must be proactive and take steps to make their restaurants a better place for their employees to work. 70 percent of the respondents noted that if their labor problems continue or get worse they will need to change the way they operate by taking actions such as increasing automation, reducing hours of operation or even changing their concept.
Only 1 percent of all restaurants surveyed said that they have plenty of candidates and are fully staffed in all areas of their restaurants. These operators note their success is primarily due to teamwork, building a good team spirit and sticking to their stated principles and core values.
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