By many accounts, restaurant operators are having a tough time finding employees.
Unemployment is at a record low, fewer teens are entering the workforce and their ranks are shrinking. The number of 16- to 24-year-olds in the labor force is expected to drop by 1.2 million over the next 10 years. Uncertainty surrounding immigration policy is affecting hiring, as well.
Do a quick search of the job attributes that motivate Gen Zs (born after 1995, they’re the newest entrants to the workforce) and you’ll see the words pragmatic, security-seeking, competitive … they’re motivated when they see a clear path to advancement.
Gen Zs are a little less idealistic than millennials – watching one’s parents endure the Great Recession will do that – and a little more entrepreneurial. Despite being true digital natives, they prefer face-to-face feedback from managers.