Weekly Update: Young workers: What does Generation Z want from a job?

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Young workers: What does Generation Z want from a job?

Teen employment is hitting record highs, adding to an already tight labor market. Employers need to find creative ways to attract and retain a new generation of workers.

Check out these tips on attracting teen workers from the National Restaurant Association such as offering a friend referral bonus, promoting opportunities to boost resumés and being more flexible with schedules. And be sure to check out our recent post on state laws and rules for hiring teen workers.

Recruiting like a marketer in a post-coronavirus labor landscape

Help Wanted signs and Craigslist ads don’t measure up. Countless hours and resources have been invested to perfect marketing strategies that work. Attracting customers and attracting talent are remarkably similar. How can we co-opt these developed strategies toward restaffing? Click here to read more of this story by Harbor Foodservice Restaurant Consultant Andy Cook.

Do you suspect applicants violate work search requirements?

Washington residents receiving unemployment benefits must be ready for work and engage in work search activities. Employers who suspect violations such as failing to show up for an interview can report them to the Employment Security Department to discourage the practice. Learn more here.

Recall issued for dozens of Tyson frozen chicken products 

Tyson Foods Inc., has issued a recall for nearly nine million pounds of ready-to-eat frozen chicken products due to possible Listeria contamination. Businesses with these recalled products should stop serving them immediately. Read more about this important food safety recall here.

Culture and staff engagement 

A 2019 cross-industry workplace study found that 94% of responders stay longer in jobs where they feel recognized, valued and invested in.

Turnover is expensive. The average cost-per-restaurant-employee is over $5,000. Investing the effort into staff engagement goes beyond total compensation (pay + benefits). Read more of this story by Andy Cook, restaurant consultant at Harbor Foodservice.

Timeline of closures and occupancy limits 

We put together a timeline of statewide closures and occupancy limits that were imposed in Washington during the coronavirus pandemic. Operators can use this information to help apply for Employee Retention Tax credits and more. See it here.

Last chance to lend your voice for more RRF funding

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) has been an important tool to keep restaurants open during the pandemic. Unfortunately, the original $28.5 billion allocation was not enough to meet demand. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will shut down the program next week if Congress doesn’t allocate more funds to the program.

This may be your last chance to tell your lawmakers to support the bipartisan RRF Replenishment Act which would give the SBA another $60 billion to continue helping the restaurant industry.

Congress must hear hotelier voices 

The American Hotel & Lodging Association will host the 2021 Virtual Action Summit on July 21 and 22.

This free event will provide you with an opportunity to tell your story about the pandemic’s impact on your business to members of Congress. Lawmakers need to hear directly from you on why passing the Save Hotel Jobs Act is vitally important to the success of the lodging industry.

Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Register today for an opportunity to share your stories with members of Congress.

[Webinar] Solutions to help you hire and retain talent 

The Port of Bremerton is accepting applications from restaurateurs interested in operating a diner-style restaurant in the Bremerton National Airport. Click here to read more.

[Replay] CEO Podcast: Members share ideas to find new employees

Click here to see Anthony Anton discuss hunting techniques to find new employees.

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