If you’ve been out to dinner lately, you’ve probably noticed that it takes longer to sit down and receive your food. That’s because we’re experiencing a food emergency as 9 out of 10 restaurants in Michigan are understaffed.
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The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association released the results of a nationwide survey that found the hospitality industry is still affected by the pandemic.
The survey also found that more than 85% of full-service restaurants close early due to low staffing levels. Hotels also restrict room inventory due to limited staff.
Justin Winslow, President and CEO of MRLA, said in a statement:
“Restaurant and hotel operators are trying to meet consumer demand, which will surpass 2019 with 100,000 fewer workers and skyrocketing labor and raw material prices. Workers are exhausted and profit margins are thin for many despite the resurgent demand.”
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The survey highlighted:
- 88 percent of the hospitality industry respondents work with insufficient staff to meet consumer demand
- Four out of five respondents work at least 10 percent under the appropriate workforce
- 95 percent of those surveyed in restaurants and hotels increased their wages in 2021
- More than 70 percent have increased the flexibility in terms of time to address potential employees
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73 percent of respondents said they would speak out against a mandate that requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination for access to most indoor facilities. 64 percent of those surveyed are of the opinion that Congress should adopt additional, targeted facilitations for the hospitality industry.
The survey was conducted across the state from August 3 to August 6. 300 people were interviewed representing 1000 locations in Michigan. Winslow added,
“Restaurant and hotel operators are trying to meet consumer demand, which will surpass 2019, with 100,000 fewer workers and skyrocketing labor and raw material prices.”
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