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5 Benefits You Should Consider to Attract Rockstar Restaurant Talent

The Summer season is upon us and your restaurant is preparing for the influx of customers looking to linger on your patio. Which means you need to staff up! The problem is, Steph’s Bar and Grill, your competitor across the street, with two other locations, needs to stock up on restaurant talent too. As you […]

The Summer season is upon us and your restaurant is preparing for the influx of customers looking to linger on your patio. Which means you need to staff up!

The problem is, Steph’s Bar and Grill, your competitor across the street, with two other locations, needs to stock up on restaurant talent too.

As you make the rounds to movie theaters, gyms, other restaurants, and use your HotSchedules Recruit app to search for qualified restaurant candidates , you find that more and more of your potential applicants are going to work at Steph’s, leaving you short-staffed. You start wondering why, and then one of your top servers leaves.

He tells you, “it’s the benefits, man!” When you prod him a little more, he goes into details: he’s planning on going to college and if he goes to work at Steph’s for a year, he gets a $1,000 tuition reimbursement, a huge deal for him. What’s more, he says, is that Steph’s is covering his health insurance. Seriously, all of that?

What Benefits Should You Provide?

It doesn’t take much to provide your employees with the benefits they need. Jennifer Pillant, the owner of Zazie in San Francisco charges her customers just $1.25 extra to provide her employees with full healthcare benefits, paid sick leave, and a 401k with a 4 percent match. Think about it: the cost of one soda can provide a comfortable life for your employees.

A recent SHRM survey found that 63 percent of workers said job benefits directly tie into job satisfaction . With Millennials, that number rises to 64 percent. Good benefits can be the key to keeping your employees and attracting new talent. According to a recent Aflac Workforces report , Millennials believe that a benefits package is important because it:

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Here are some benefits your restaurant can offer to attract rockstar restaurant talent.

Health and Long-Term Care Insurance

Your employees are going to get sick. Their spouses and children will too. Knowing this, it’s important to provide your employees with a way to take care of their families.

The Affordable Care Act mandates restaurants to offer medical, dental and vision insurance to their employees who work 30 hours or more. In fact, Congress recently passed the PACE Act, making it easier for restaurants with 50 to 100 employees to purchase better and more cost-effective insurance plans for their employees. Employees can get injured on the job or their family members can succumb to a lengthy illness and insurance will allow them the peace of mind and wallet needed to keep their performance levels high.

Pay for Their Education

The cost of college is skyrocketing, and many of your employees work overtime to afford their education. Some of them even take time off to go to school, leaving your restaurant short-staffed. What if there was a way to remedy that situation? Offering tuition reimbursement to your employees is expensive, but can pay big dividends. A $1,000 scholarship can create a lot of opportunities for your restaurant, for multiple people. With a $1,000 scholarship to college, your best server might be able to work 20 hours a week instead of not at all. Since the server is still working at your restaurant, your guests will continue to have a great experience at your restaurant. Not only that, but your younger employees will have the opportunity to learn under one of your top performers.

That tuition reimbursement could come in handy for your restaurant’s succession planning too. That same college-educated employee might be interested in moving up the management or corporate ladder in your operation.

Teach Them New Skills

Money isn’t the only way to help with your employees’ educations. Some of your employees may have recently immigrated to the United States or had to put a pause on their education due to an unforeseen issue. Your restaurant can help your employees ease their transition to the United States by offering English as a Second Language courses, or offer adult education to give them the opportunity to earn their GEDs. You can even make education related to your restaurant by offering employees the opportunity to cross-train and learn a new aspect of the business through HotSchedules Train!

Send Home The Sick Ones

We’ve already established that your employees are going to get sick. However, many restaurants don’t have a sick leave, which compels employees to come in when they’re under the weather to avoid losing money, or worse, they’re scared they’ll get in trouble. In fact, did you know that employees who come in sick actually cost businesses over $160 billion a year???

This is a problem because sick employees tend to be less effective, slower and tend to get other employees sick, or worse, spread food-borne illnesses Giving employees sick days provides not only a benefit to the ill worker, but your restaurant too. Did you know that employees who come in sick actually cost businesses over $160 billion a year??? Making an employee come in when they’re under the weather might cause your bottom line to become a little sickly as well.

In addition to sick leave, it’s important to give your employees the option for holiday and vacation time off. Your employees work long hours in a stressful situation, and they need an opportunity to decompress and reconnect with their personal life. The statistics don’t lie: over 40 of employees feel better about their jobs after a vacation, and a happy employee equals a productive employee.

Pay Attention to the Small Stuff

The ways you attract and retain employees don’t have to break the bank. Sometimes, it’s the small stuff that counts, like offering discounted meals to the family members of your employees as a way of saying thank you for their support. It can even be as much as taking that spare room in the restaurant and turning it into an employee break room, filling it with snacks, a TV, or even just giving your employees places to take a breather in the middle of their double. Especially at restaurants with 50 or more employees, a break room gives employees the opportunity to bond, and a space for you to showcase some of the great work that your employees perform.

Ask Them What They Want!

Sometimes, to get the answers we need, we have to go straight the source. Ask your employees what they want. Maybe they don’t think any of these recommendations are necessary. Or maybe, they have some completely different ideas. Just make sure the expectation is set that you might not always be able to deliver. But deliver on some of their requests and your employees might start singing a happier, more loyal tune!

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