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WORKFORCE RESOURCES FOR RESTAURANTS

EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION

We’ve heard from our members that staffing is the number one concern right now for restaurant operators. It’s time to think outside the box on how to tackle this challenge. WRA offers these resources for employee recruitment and managing a multigenerational workforce with some ideas you may not have thought about before. We will continue to add information and resources for recruiting—and retaining—great employees.

Let us know of other resources you have found helpful and we’ll add them to this portal.

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Online Wisconsin Job Board

Job Center of Wisconsin – Take another look!

You’ve most likely heard about this state run online job board and may have used it in the past. Try it out. There are some new features you may not have seen before that will help you target potential employees who are a good fit for the jobs you need to fill.

Check out the search resumes option and labor market information under employers. The Job Center also launched their new internship portal in July, 2017.

SUCCESS STORIES

TARGETED GROUPS

Restaurants are having success with looking beyond the typical employee and considering individuals from different target groups including seniors and veterans and those working with agencies who help remove specific barriers to employment.

  • People with Disabilities
  • Individuals who have been Previously Incarcerated
  • Individuals on Assistance
  • Veterans
  • Seniors

SUCCESS STORIES

VETERANS

Veterans bring many valuable skills that are transferrable to the civilian workforce. Here are some programs that help veterans find employment after completing their service to our country.

Military Partnership

EMPLOYER RESOURCES

SUCCESS STORIES

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

We’ve heard some great success stories with this program coming from the restaurant industry. The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation works to place people with disabilities who are able and motivated to work.

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SUCCESS STORIES

SENIORS

An often overlooked talent pool. As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, fewer work full-time and some shift to a new line of work. Foodservice may be an attractive job for older workers due to the flexibility the industry offers.

JOB LISTINGS FOR SENIORS

SUCCESS STORIES

FAMILIES

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families has several programs focused on helping families get back on their feet. One of those programs is W-2, a time-limited program that provides temporary cash assistance and case management services to low-income parents and pregnant women. W-2 is a work program for adults willing to engage in work activities.

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TECHNICAL COLLEGES

INSPIRING STUDENTS

Find students with culinary and hospitality management skills
Seventeen post-secondary schools in Wisconsin offer culinary and/or hospitality programs.

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Middle & High School

INSPIRING STUDENTS

We know all the great career opportunities the restaurant industry offers, but the next generation may not. These programs promote the foodservice industry to young people as a career option.

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Resources

Now Hiring Signs

We've created some spiffy & fun "Now Hiring" signs for restaurants to use for employee recruitment. Check them out!

WORKFORCE INSIDER E-NEWSLETTER

This Workforce Insider Newsletter is dedicated to useful tips, resources and best practices – all focused on attracting the best talent and building a dynamite team.  

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Other Useful Tools

WRA and NRA have developed some useful tools for restaurant operators.

Compensation Ladder (PDF)
Interview Guidelines (PDF)

Restaurant Industry Background and Stats
Get a little context with this background information and these industry stats.

Background on Restaurant Industry Careers 
Restaurant Industry Stats

Restaurant Staffing Shortage in the News
The tight labor market, particularly in the restaurant industry, has been a popular topic for news media and trade publications.

Read Articles

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Unique Local Programs

There are many local programs around the state that seek to provide career opportunities in the restaurant industry for targeted populations.


Unique Local Programs

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Job Boards and More

Check out these job boards and services that specialize in foodservice employment.

Best Practices for Employee Recruitment

Hear what other restaurant operators are doing to address the staffing challenge. You might find a good idea or two that you haven’t tried.

What your peers are saying:
Feedback from WRA members on what’s working for them:

  • The best way we have found is to rely on current employees for references. We are very fortunate to have many long-term employees. Recruiting is difficult at best. Retaining good employees is another matter. We have to pay much higher than industry standard and be much more flexible with their work schedule requests. 
  • Strategies for recruiting chefs have been peer-to-peer networking, social media, some digital advertising and word of mouth. Retention has been based on higher than normal compensation, health insurance and the push to 4 day work weeks.
  • Word of mouth has worked the best.

What's working best for your business?

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Workforce Training Articles from Society Insurance

Check out these blogs from Society Insurance for some best practices on workforce training.

Hiring and Managing a Multigenerational Workforce
There is no shortage of articles and expert advice on hiring and managing a multigenerational workforce. We’ve included a few interesting articles on the topic.

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