Record Labour Shortages in Restaurant Industry

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Record Labour Shortages in Restaurant Industry

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Low Pay, No Benefits, Rude Customers: Restaurant Workers Quit At Record Rate

"And now "help wanted" signs are everywhere, with a staggering 1.2 million jobs unfilled in the industry, right when customers are crushing through the doors, ready to eat, drink and finally socialize."

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"Low wages are the most common reason people cite for leaving food service work. But in one recent survey, more than half of hospitality workers who've quit said no amount of pay would get them to return. That's because for many, leaving food service had a lot to do also with its high-stress culture: exhausting work, unreliable hours, no benefits and so many rude customers."

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/20/10160819 ... ecord-rate

It's looking like a "reckoning" is coming for the restaurant industry. I'm seeing this here in Penticton as well. Friends who work in the industry are speaking about 12 hour days and having to keep up such a pace that by the time a day off rolls around they are pretty much exhausted, to the point where they really don't accomplish much other than to try and rest up for the next shift.

The answer seems obvious, just raise the wages to attract more workers, but that isn't as simple as it seems either. The restaurant business is highly competitive, and a couple of bucks extra per plate runs the risk of driving customers away. The question in my mind is that do the wages in the restaurant industry properly reflect the work required ? Apparently millions are saying "No, they don't".
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fluffy wrote: Jul 24th, 2021, 5:46 am The question in my mind is that do the wages in the restaurant industry properly reflect the work required ? Apparently millions are saying "No, they don't".
My son worked in the industry for over 15 years. His last job was as a head chef at a local golf course and was still not making enough to live on his own.

He is now working for a roofing company and even though he is making less money he is much happier. Steady hours and very little stress.

So yes the industry needs a shake up and this might be it.
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I'm of the mind that some of the "adjustment" needed has to come on the part of customers. Poor wages in the food service industry is not a new thing. People, as in customers, are going to have to put a little more recognition into the value of the work behind getting that meal in front of them, and be prepared to see that value reflected in the price they are paying. And learn some manners too. I get that this whole pandemic mess has been harder on some than others, but that's no excuse for poor behavior.
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Unfortunately some people are a$$hats and that affects everyone.
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pay them a living wage and they will come.
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the truth wrote: Jul 24th, 2021, 8:38 am pay them a living wage and they will come.
Seems simple enough doesn't it? In a free-market economy things like supply & demand still hold some sway. Personally, I would be more inclined to support a business that treats their employees with respect that those that don't, and respect means a realistic wage. Now if an employer wants to keep his payroll staffed with part-time minimum wage earners then he's going to have to get used to a high turnover, and the drop in product quality that goes with it, and he'll have to do without my business as well.
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agree 100% sooooooo many business only want to hire part time with no benefits , low wages expect them to be available 7 days a week am/pm shifts, you will get zero loyalty from that
pay them well treat them well give them benefits after 3 to 6 months you will get better people imo
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I think it would make more sense to remove tipping then raise prices and wages.
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Restaurant work taught me to dislike the public and to tip exceptionally well when I dine out… which is rarely. I rarely dine out because I find the clientele here in Kelowna obnoxious.
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kgcayenne wrote: Jul 24th, 2021, 12:54 pm Restaurant work taught me to dislike the public and to tip exceptionally well when I dine out… which is rarely. I rarely dine out because I find the clientele here in Kelowna obnoxious.
Vast majority of people in Kelowna are not born or raised here... I guess those obnoxious people are rejects from elsewhere. lol
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Labour shortages everywhere....ad on the radio from a trucking company offering a $5000 sign on bonus. Maybe the food industry could do the same. Oh wait....lets increase immigration because Canadians wont do the job because it pays so little....it pays so little because of immigration :smt045
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oldtrucker wrote: Jul 24th, 2021, 3:23 pm Labour shortages everywhere....ad on the radio from a trucking company offering a $5000 sign on bonus. Maybe the food industry could do the same. Oh wait....lets increase immigration because Canadians wont do the job because it pays so little....it pays so little because of immigration :smt045
100% correct. now they will complain that they need tfw so they can pay even less
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Oh no! Its the "Great Reset!"

Sad that it took a pandemic to give people that extra nudge to do what so many have told them to do before. Regardless, kudos to them for finally taking a stand for themselves and taking a step to a brighter future :130:
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Ah, gone are the days when waiters and waitresses could pay their bills with their earnings, live comfortably, save for tomorrow, retire with a pension from their local restaurant where they worked for 40 years, and enjoy company-paid benefits and vacation...

The good old days.
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Even Steven wrote: Jul 24th, 2021, 3:38 pm Ah, gone are the days when waiters and waitresses could pay their bills with their earnings, live comfortably, save for tomorrow, retire with a pension from their local restaurant where they worked for 40 years, and enjoy company-paid benefits and vacation...

The good old days.
Must have been before my time. Food industry in North America was always a struggle as far back as I can remember.
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