A more creative approach to attract qualified food services talentA new approach to attracting qualified talent is needed to compete for the best workers. The following unique ideas may work to entice quality talent to your business, especially younger workers considering a future in the food services industry:
1. Host walk-in recruiting eventsHost a weekly walk-in recruiting event to get interview traffic into your restaurant. Recruiting events are traditionally large-scale, planned-out spectacles in massive banquet halls that can become overwhelming for potential candidates in the best of times. That’s why the idea to host a smaller meet and greet right in the store feels more welcoming and manageable. The idea, inspired by three Northeast business owners of several Chick-fil-A restaurants, garnered attention with their pledge to fill 250 full and part-time positions and become the region’s top restaurants. Promoting the event entailed appealing to the community in a press release that spoke to potential candidates about their philanthropic pursuits, scholarships, flexible benefits, and other perks. The primary purpose was to guarantee anyone an interview on the spot just for walking into their restaurant. Moving quickly is key when it comes to hiring, especially in food services. On-the-spot interviews are great, but also quick follow ups and consistent communication can make the difference between a new hire and one who loses interests and “ghosts” you.
2. Unique perksExperimenting with creative perks other than the standard fare like health and disability insurance may help find candidates who can become long-term employees. Many companies have successfully offered sign-on bonuses and unlimited paid time off so employees can take the time whenever needed. Here are some other perks that can entice new employees.
- College or management training courses
- Same-day pay
- Generous employee discounts
- Childcare stipends
- Commuter stipends
- Mentorship/shadowing programs