Guest Blog | UnitedHealthcare
The current labor shortage in the Hospitality industry is real. According to Job List’s Q2 2021 United States Job Market Report: 60% of job seekers indicated they would not consider working in a restaurant, bar, or hotel for their next job. In addition, 38% of former hospitality workers reported they are transitioning out of the industry.
Though there is no silver bullet for attracting and retaining team members, there are three things that employers can do to keep their current team members engaged that will also appeal to potential new hires:
A recent Benefits Pro article on employee retention indicated that “88% of employees would consider a lower-paying job with quality health benefits.” The pandemic brought to light the absolute need for everyone to have access to healthcare, even part-time employees. Though health insurance may not be an affordable option for all hospitality employers, virtual care is an incredible alternative! With HealthiestYou by Teladoc, members and their families get free and unlimited access to the following virtual healthcare services:
For more information on the HealthiestYou virtual care program, reach out to Nick Gates at Teladoc Health: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This guest blog was submitted by UnitedHealthcare. For more information on guest blog opportunities, contact Marla McColly, Business Development Director, Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association.
"Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill
AMAZING! Though pandemic challenges continue, I have been in awe of our industry partners and how you have not only ‘pivoted’ but also swiveled, spun, and inverted in order to innovate and rise above them. In the midst of all this, I feel especially grateful to the many who have given volunteer time, energy, and funding so that the Oregon Hospitality Foundation could innovate workforce, training, and philanthropy programs to help support those challenges.
Looking back over the past 17 months, below are a few highlights of what we have accomplished together so far (you can also watch our short video at bit.ly/OHFweR):
Though the last 17 months have been tougher than any of us might have imagined, I hope that you too are encouraged by these programs and what you, your teams, and our industry have accomplished via sheer tenacity and amazing innovation.
Please join me as you are able with expressing gratitude to the following, including my incredible ORLA teammates, who helped make these programs possible:
OHF Board of Directors:
Takeout & A Movie: Funding Restaurant Efforts to Feed Those with Food Insecurity
ProStart: Supporting the Needs of Oregon’s Culinary Career & Technical Program’s Teachers and Students
Providing Service While Supporting Safety Course: Assisting Hospitality Employees to Address Pandemic Related Guest Service Challenges
Dine Local Campaign: Celebrating and Supporting Oregon’s Restaurants
Restaurant Week: Honoring the Resilience & Positive Energy of Oregon’s Restaurant Industry
Hospitality Help Fund: Providing Relief From the Pandemic’s Impact on Oregon’s Hospitality Industry and Resources for Recovery
Friends of the Foundation: Supporting OHF’s Mission Work and Operational Needs
Thank you for your continuing support. | Wendy Popkin, Oregon Hospitality Foundation
ONWARD! “Life is like riding a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein
Wendy Popkin is the Executive Director of the Oregon Hospitality Foundation, a nonprofit 501c3 dedicated to providing educational, training, and philanthropic support to Oregon’s restaurant, lodging, and tourism industry. Wendy is a 35+-year career veteran who describes herself as “fanatically enthusiastic about helping others enjoy the same type of fabulous career opportunities I have enjoyed in the hospitality industry.” OregonHospitalityFoundation.org