The pandemic has accelerated changes of all kinds during the last year and a half, among those changes is work. Many workers now have higher wage expectations and expect certain environmental and flexibility conditions that employers are having trouble meeting.
The most recent episode of this situation occurred in Oregon when a McDonald’s decided to hang a banner outside a restaurant requesting that 14- and 15-year-old teenagers apply to work at the establishment.
“There are always staffing issues, but this is unheard of,” said Heather Coleman the Biddle Road restaurant operator.
Given the shortage of workers, the restaurant had decided to increase its salary offer to $15 an hour, however, this did not attract the number of applicants they expected, but when they decided to look for adolescents of 14 and 15 years, many more showed up.
This is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular across the country. Restaurants in which management positions are being filled by people in their early 20s while operational tasks are delegated to teenagers.
Restaurant owners have seen this as something positive, claiming that these young people have the drive and ability to carry out tasks, as well as being easier to understand technology.
It has also raised concerns regarding the possibilities for business growth.
“We’re so thin at leadership that we can’t stretch anymore to open more locations. I’ve got a good crop of 16- and 17-year-olds, but I need another year or two to get them seasoned to run stores, “said Garrett Reed, CEO of a restaurant chain in Texas.