Groups helping Hampton Roads businesses fill store vacancies
“It’s our existence,” Bland said.
But at Kitchen & Bar Venture, the sounds of bottle coolers are all you hear.
“It’s depressing,” he said.
Bland told News 3 he had to close the Venture restaurant on Monday due to a lack of employees.
“I think a lot of people have just left the industry. I don’t think they’re sitting at home collecting a check, ”he said. “When we close restaurants they want to work and other industries pay very good wages.”
His goal has been to try to fill vacancies at his three Hampton restaurants.
“At least three new employees per restaurant. I can take six, ”he said.
Groups like the Retail Alliance said it was difficult for local stores to find help for a number of reasons. In April, many companies raised concerns about their Retail survey.
The survey shows that 29% were more concerned about staff recruitment, while 22% were more concerned about staff retention.
“These recruits do not even show up for interviews, and that could also be due to unemployment, which does not end until the end of August,” said Kylie Ross Sibert, vice president of communications at company for Retail Alliance. “We also have parents who have stayed at home to care for their children – of school age or younger – now they have a choice. Do I have to go back to work, pay for child care or summer camps? Or do I stay at home a little longer, spend the summer months with my children, look for a job in the fall and still receive unemployment until the end of August? “
The Retail Alliance helped solve the problem.
“A lot of what we do is just communicate, share job fairs [and] sharing the needs of the job, ”said Sibert.
The same goes for the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center, which plans to publish resources online while offering guidance to employers.
“You may want to change the way you do business [and] become more employee-centric, ”said Jim Carroll, executive director of Hampton Roads SBDC. “There are creative ways, even if they cost money. But, in the long run, do you pay now or pay later? And if you pay now, you may not have to pay later by closing your business.
Meanwhile, Bland keeps his glass half full.
“I’m optimistic about the future, but it’s just a little tight right now,” he said.
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