In October 2021, this purported aspect impact of America’s shortage of hourly staff because of the COVID-19 pandemic circulated as a declare on social media feeds: Raising Cane’s had supposedly ordered its company employees to ditch their workplace duties to work as cashiers and fry cooks on the quick meals chain’s eating places.
The rumor was factual, although deserved some added context. Bloomberg was the primary to report on the enterprise determination in an Oct. 5 story:
Beginning this week, about half of Raising Cane’s workplace staff will work as fry cooks, cashiers and in addition assist with recruiting within the chain’s eating places throughout the nation. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based firm, with 530 areas, is attempting to rent 10,000 new restaurant staff within the subsequent 50 days.
“It’s no secret that today’s hiring market is a challenge,” stated co-Chief Government Officer AJ Kumaran in a press release. “Ahead of our massive growth next year, having the support we need is critical.”
In different phrases, whereas it was true the Louisiana-based firm deployed company employees to eating places to work on the entrance traces, the nation’s weakened labor market because of the coronavirus wasn’t the one cause behind the initiative. The chain was additionally trying to increase. The Las Vegas Review Journal reported it was planning so as to add greater than 100 eating places in new markets in late 2021 and early 2022.
“There are many different reasons coming together,” Kumaran advised that newspaper. “We could use a lot more help right now.”
After Bloomberg’s story, a number of information shops reported on the staffing change in October 2021. (See CNN’s story here; Louisiana Radio Community’s reporting here; Ohio’s WSYX article here; The Las Vegas Evaluation Journal’s story here; Enterprise Insider’s reporting here; Los Angeles’ ABC 7’s story here, for examples.) Snopes additionally reached out to Raising Cane’s communication staff, and we await a response.
In the end, the initiative would deploy about 500 company staff from its Dallas workplace to eating places nationwide — half of whom would work as cashiers or cooks and the opposite half would try to spice up native recruitment efforts, according to CNN. The corporate was paying for them to remain at accommodations for one or two weeks.
Kumaran defined additional in an interview with Nation’s Restaurant News: “In some cases, where you don’t have enough applicant flow, [corporate staff] are trying to drum up applicants — holding job fairs and interviewing people and helping recruit and helping on-board and orientation,” he stated. “In some other cases, they simply need to give a break to the shift manager who’s now being stuck on the fire.”
Sporting a pink Cane’s polo, he labored a number of shifts serving clients at a restaurant within the Las Vegas space, in accordance with the Evaluation Journal. He stated all company staff in some unspecified time in the future endure cashier and kitchen coaching, irrespective of their job title.