• White Castle says it cold-called 550,000 past applicants from up to 4 years ago to fight the labor shortage

    4 days ago - By Business Insider

    Hollis Johnson
    White Castle is emailing and texting applicants from as many as four years ago
    Chains are trying new methods to attract workers, like signing bonuses and drive-thru interviews.
    White Castle says it has relatively low turnover even as workers leave the industry.
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    Fast-food chains are getting inventive to deal with a tight labor market as sales surge. White Castle cast a wide net, reaching out to 550,000 past applicants from as far back as 2017, vice president of marketing Jamie Richardson told Insider. The burger chain reached out...
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  • 3 in 4 independent restaurants are still struggling to find staff, even as the hospitality industry adds hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to a poll

    4 days ago - By Business Insider

    Restaurants top Alignable's list of small business sectors that are still in the midst of the labor shortage.
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    Restaurants are struggling to find staff more than other small businesses, a poll found.
    74% of independent restaurant owners say it's harder to find workers now than before the pandemic.
    Four in five small businesses told Alignable that their supply costs are higher, too.
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    The leisure hospitality industry appears to be on its way to recovery after adding 343,000 people payrolls in...
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  • A 19-year-old fast food boss says he expects to lose half his staff in the next few weeks, as the labor shortage continues to hammer restaurants

    4 days ago - By Business Insider

    Cabrera said that he has matured quickly since taking on the general manager role.
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    Jason Cabrera, 19, is the general manager of Layne's Chicken Fingers in Texas, earning $50,000 a year.
    Cabrera said that his biggest problem is finding enough workers in the labor shortage.
    He expects to lose 11 members of staff in the next few weeks as they go off to college, he said.
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    A 19-year-old manager of a Texas chicken restaurant told Insider that he expects to lose half of his staff in the next few weeks. Jason Cabrera runs the...
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  • Cheesecake Factory invited a law-firm worker to interview for a server role 2 years after he applied, as restaurants struggle for staff in the labor shortage

    4 days ago - By Business Insider

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    Cheesecake Factory invited a legal worker for a job interview years after he applied to be a server.
    Joseph Guerrero told the WSJ he was initially confused. "I knew I didn't leave my wallet behind."
    Some fast food chains have struggled to find enough workers as customers return to restaurants.
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    Cheesecake Factory reportedly invited a law-firm worker for a server job interview two years after ghosting his application - the latest sign of how restaurants are scrambling for workers in a tight labor market. Joseph Guerrero, a 23-year-old...
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