The benefits shaming will continue until morale improves
I know that I personally have left the industry just as you described above. I also have two new co-workers who have done the same. In an office of about 10 employees, 3 of us have left the restaurant industry. I know that is just anecdotal evidence, but....
You did not touch on the tourist areas that are really putting up awful signs blaming employees past and present but no one talks about how so many in the those tourist areas could not and cannot afford rent to live there after a year of stagnant business. People moved. They had to.
Let’s also have real conversations about the many businesses that hit the jackpot with to go business and cutting labor getting PPP and not once thinking wow how can we Pass some of this on to our employees. How about employees Being faced with a pandemic and possible death having the realization we have no health coverage!
This industry has been way overdue for a shift in all of what you talked about and Covid was the catalyst to break the already fraying threads of the truss that was holding it together.
Great article! I think you hit on some really good points. To add to the point of staff finding other jobs, I think a lot of restaurant employees use the industry to pay bills while they are either figuring out what they really want to do or are in school for a different career. With so much time off this past year, I bet a lot of them stepped up their search and figured out what they really wanted to do.