The Hiring Brick Wall
A Myriad of Contributing Factors
- 30% of restaurant workers are leaving the industry.
- 70% of restaurant workers cite poor wages as their reason for departing the restaurant industry.
- Interest in restaurant positions have declined since June 2020.
- Childcare issues. Securing childcare is a continuous challenge for many restaurant workers.
- Safety risks. Despite mass vaccinations, restaurant workers are concerned about contracting COVID-19 on the job. One study concluded that line cooks have the highest mortality risk during the pandemic, surpassing healthcare workers.
- No health insurance. Studies show that many restaurant workers do not have access to health insurance through their employer.
- Substance abuse and addiction. Research found the restaurant industry to be the most vulnerable when it comes to illicit drug use and substance use disorders.
Change Is Expected
Tips For Attracting Qualified Restaurant Workers
- Encourage your employees to take time off from work, instead of risking burnout
- Review your tip-payment model to see if it needs improving
- Help your employees pay for childcare. Tax credits are available for this expense.
- Provide resources to employees who are grappling with substance use disorders or money troubles — including helplines they can contact for assistance.
Grace Ferguson is a business writer and blogger covering payroll, employee benefits, and human resources. She has vast experience serving as a payroll and benefits administrator for large and small businesses.