It’s awfully comfortable to be out of work for a lot of people right now. Enhanced unemployment benefits and welfare are retarding the economy.
EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) – Many restaurants and hotels are eager to welcome back customers and clients, but it’s hard to fully reopen when you’re not fully staffed.
Sheila Arredondo, owner of Silly Serrano in Eau Claire, has been looking to hire another cook and cashier for months.
“It just blows my mind how I can put out an ad and it can be weeks or months before somebody even applies for the position,” Arredondo said.
She’s spent a lot of money to advertise on indeed.com and posted job openings on Facebook, but without applicants, it’s put a strain on the restaurant’s staff and service.
“My husband and I work a lot more. We’re always the first ones here. We’re the last ones here. I think it’s hard sometimes because customers come in and they don’t understand why their food’s taking a little bit longer,” Arredondo said. “They’re not getting the service we really want to give. It’s not because I’m trying to go with a really skinny staff. It’s because I’m forced to.”