Roseville, MI

Restaurant Owner Getting Back on His Feet After COVID

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Since the pandemic has happened people have been paying more attention to their health and the people they are surrounded by.

Protecting yourself and your family has become a top priority and jobs that consist of having an employee interact with other employees and customers have been hit hard.

Small businesses and big businesses are being hit hard with a lack of employees because people do not want to catch the virus, they would prefer a job that is remote, or they are collecting unemployment.

In an article from Fox 2 News called "New restaurant owner can't find workers who want to give up unemployment payment" by Jessica Dunkpack and David Komer stated

"Opening a restaurant this month days after Governor Gretchen Whitmer suggested carry out, instead of dining in - is tough enough. Restauranteur Darren Lee just learned something else - is even harder - trying to find workers at his Roseville eatery.

"For the last two months I've been looking for and trying to find people," Lee said. "But they're content with their unemployment they're content with the money they're being paid to stay home and not work.

Lee is the owner of "Hopscotch and Bourbon." He assembled just enough people to open and even tried to sweeten the deal, knowing he just doesn't have enough employees."

In addition to business owner Darren Lee trying to get people to work, he also offered a signing bonus if they were hired.

He thought that would get a lot of people's attention but, it was still a low turnout rate. In reality, people would prefer to be safe and not risk getting sick or wait it out until they find a job that does not put them in danger.

What tips would you offer Darren Lee to get employees through the door?

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