A shortage of cooks in Vermont has led some restaurants to pursue creative alternatives to the traditional methods for attracting new talent. Some restaurants are offering signing bonuses and even finders fees to employees that bring in new workers. And it's not just about new hires. Restaurants are also looking for new ways to retain existing staff.
“Some restaurants are giving benefits. Vacation time and sick time, that kind of thing to get people,” said Sally Pollak contributor to the Burlington Free Press’ Savorvore Section.
Low-wages, difficult working conditions and the high number of restaurants are just a few of the reasons why some believe there is a cook shortage in Vermont.
Checkout Pollak's piece, "Vermont Restaurants Face Cook Crisis," in the Burlington Free Press for more.
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