Gen Z is attracted to flexible restaurant jobs. But what makes them stay? – Restaurant Dive

by | Apr 14, 2022 | Jobs

The following is a guest post by Tim Weiderhoft, CEO of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade.

For the past year or more, the media, many businesses and researchers have been describing what has been
happening to the U.S. workforce as “the Great Resignation,”┬ábut I think it might be better to say, “the great migration.”
Employees in the hospitality and restaurant industries were the first to get laid off in March and April of 2020. Government assistance helped many of these workers weather these tough times, though that assistance ended in September 2021. Some of these employees were even getting more from the government than they were making in their previous jobs, but I don’t think this is why so many people have not returned to the workforce. Like many of us have done in the past 24 months, restaurant employees have had time to re-evaluate what is truly important in their lives, and came to the realization they were working in toxic environments where they did not feel valued by customers, management or both.

No matter what people do for a living, they want to feel respected and seen. Too many businesses have looked at workers, especially ones in positions with little or no career mobility, as disposable. What we all found out in March of 2020 is that those in jobs that pay the least are the people we need to keep working, or societ …

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