Businesses Attract Employees and Customers This Season | Government-and-politics
By ADAM BEAM Associated Press
FOLSOM, Calif. (AP) – The Hampton Inn in Folsom, Calif. Has 147 rooms, but general manager Enid Baldock was only able to rent 117 recently because she didn’t have enough staff to clean them.
âI refused people with 30 (available) rooms. Ridiculous, âshe said as she stuffed sheets into a laundry chute to help our skeletal cleaning staff.
At the Palladio, a nearby mall with 85 stores and restaurants just off a busy highway, businesses seemed more concerned with attracting workers than customers, as âhiring in progressâ signs outnumbered flyers. of Black Friday. Mac, a cosmetics retailer, advertised a bonus of $ 1,500 for anyone who would agree to work full time.
Companies struggled through the Great Recession over a decade ago with minimal staff, as weak demand forced them to lay off workers. But the opposite is playing out in the pandemic, this time with a lot of demand but fewer workers ready to return following government-imposed lockdowns.
Experts point to a number of factors, including the high cost of child care, more generous government benefits and lifestyle changes that have made workers less willing to accept the wages and terms of their old jobs. This raised wages in some retail and restaurant jobs, but not enough to close the gap.
âIt changes people’s behavior the longer COVID persists,â said Roy Kim, deputy director of workforce development at the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency. “The longer people can survive and adapt that way, it changes their lives.”