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DID YOU KNOWS…
Fly Like a G6
The New England Patriots are the first NFL team to purchase two 767 jets for traveling to games. The planes were retrofitted with first-class seats and are estimated to cost anywhere between 5 and 65 million dollars per plane. Take a look at the air crafts; they’re no joke.
Blockbuster: Go Into the Light
You can probably assume Blockbuster has had a rough few years. A hilarious Twitter account that claims to be the “last Blockbuster” store has been posting amazingly witty tweets that you need to see. The very last store is supposedly located in a Chicago shopping center.
A lot of people don't know this but we own a large portion of Netflix. Just kidding our electricity just got shut off.— The Last Blockbuster (@loneblockbuster) June 17, 2017
A subway in Utah has filed a lawsuit after a sandwich worker allegedly drugged a Utah police officer after methamphetamine was supposedly found in the officer’s drink, but then waited two months to announce the allegations publicly. The Utah location claims their traffic dropped 30% and many of their employees quit after being grilled by authorities.
Why it matters to you: New laws on scheduling shouldn’t be a problem, until they are!
There’s a new term in town, and like so many others it will become one more thing you have to worry about in your business: Predictive Scheduling. That is the term used by state and local authorities for legislation that severely limits the way you can schedule staff in your restaurant. The first statewide ordinance was just signed by the Governor of Oregon. Let’s start with the good news; this is specifically targeted toward companies that employ over 500 people nationwide. Consequently, most of you won’t even notice a change. However, don’t think it’s not relevant. This is a trend, like paid time off (PTO) and minimum wage increases that are targeting our industry for best practice adjustments.
Sure, these rules favor employees, but frankly, if you are running your business like a professional, you’ll have no trouble complying. Perhaps the biggest imposition is the end of the Close-Open. Most of us try like hell not to do this to someone anyway, so making it illegal is only mildly inconvenient. Other restrictions like posting the schedule 7 days in advance (moving to 14 next year) are more logistics than anything else. Truth be told, predictive scheduling is probably a smart way to go for all operators. So, pick the person to write your schedules that is best suited to being organized and meticulous. You’ll have little to worry about if you just create thoughtful schedules and respect your staff.
FROM MANUFACTURING TO RESTAURANTS
Why it matters to you: Restaurants have begun to dominate the workforce, and that might not be a good thing.
In recent days we’ve discussed how unemployment has remained low and how restaurants are a driving factor in creating jobs. Last week, Bloomberg examined how many jobs are moving from manufacturing to food service, and how this has accelerated after 2001. The underlying theme is that “restaurants are powering the economy” and according to the Atlantic, at this rate, by 2020 there will be more cooks and servers than factory workers. What has raised some concern about these projections is that pay in the restaurant industry remains very divided and that many restaurants are struggling to attract diners.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average manufacturing job pays roughly $20 per hour whereas the average job in hospitality pays around $13. Therefore, more jobs are opening that often provide little pay which will not be very good for the economy in the long term. The minimum wage in the restaurant industry has long been disputed and has led to some states fluctuating their minimum wage rates. If many establishments don’t see a rise in their customer retention, the economy could easily face some trouble in the near future.
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