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Local restaurants still struggling to bring new staff

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 6:49 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Local businesses are still struggling with getting people to come back to work.

Grand Island’s Texas Roadhouse hosted a hiring event on Monday in hopes of bringing on some new staff, but it didn’t quite go as planned.

Fifteen people signed up for interviews, but almost all of them never showed up. They ended up only talking to a handful of people, which includes a few walk-ins.

The manager Doug Schliefert told Local4 it’s been a struggle to hire as the pandemic comes to an end because many people are making more on unemployment. Now he said they are trying to make it more exciting to work instead.

“We’ve made wage adjustments, we tried to have more fun, more contests, more rewards, are more receptive to weekends off.”

Schliefert said he hates to see his customers not getting the best experience due to them being short staffed.

“I want to give customers the service they deserve and not allow them to excuse the poor behavior of our service away due to short staffing,” he said. “That’s one thing about COVID that still to this day haunts me.”

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