Saginaw, MI

Restaurant owner rewards staff with trip to Puerto Rico: “An extra thank you during labor shortage”

Amy Christie

The owner of a restaurant located in Saginaw, Michigan, has decided to take almost half of her staff on a trip to Puerto Rico.

This is to show appreciation for the longest-serving workers while the labor shortage is affecting so many businesses.

What are the details?

Theresa Miller owns Coty’s Landing, and she has decided to take 18 of her restaurant’s longest-serving employees on a free trip in the New Year. The wonderful present will be given in January as a “little extra thank you,” she shared with MLive.

"I thought it would be a nice little give-back," Miller added.

How did the employees react?

When they heard about the surprise gift, some of Miller’s employees started crying.

The restaurant has been facing stressful workloads. There were also altercations with customers who weren’t happy with social distancing rules or who wouldn’t wear masks. And on top of all the difficulties, the labor shortage is a constant added pressure.

So, that’s what prompted Miller’s gesture. She felt fortunate to be able to count on her workers in hard times like these, and she intends to keep supporting them as the whole team helps the restaurant keep thriving while helping all customers.

"I try and do regular bonuses and especially Christmas bonuses and all that good stuff when I can, but nothing like this on this scale. It's well-deserved. They do a good job. They treat this place like it's their own,” Miller said for the outlet, cited by Insider.

The restaurant will be closed for the week when half the staff will be away. Miller said that many workers have been there for three or five years.

"I have a lot of respect for them and the work they do every day. I just want to show them it doesn't go unnoticed,” Miller concluded.

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