ORLA Poll Finds Restaurant Employees Satisfied With Current Scheduling Practices
[April 26, 2017 - Wilsonville, OR] – The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) announced that a recent Portland Metro Restaurant Workers Survey found 85% of restaurant employees say their work schedule gives them the opportunity to choose how they spend their time and enjoy life. Additionally, over two-thirds of the respondents (68%) indicated they work in a restaurant because of the flexibility to pursue other work or activities.
“The results go to prove what we have already been hearing, loud and clear, from our restaurant community in Oregon; restrictive scheduling bills are a solution to a non-existent problem,” stated Jason Brandt, President & CEO of ORLA. “Restaurant employees in Oregon are happy with the flexibility they are given at their jobs.”
Non-management employees working in all types of Portland Metro area restaurants were invited to participate in the online survey. Participation was anonymous and voluntary. The survey was publicized to the restaurant industry via social media, Poachedjobs.com, and through direct outreach to restaurant owners and managers. More than 400 people started the survey and N=226 completed the survey to the end. The margin of error related to the completed data set is +/- 6.4%.
“Restrictive scheduling requirements implemented in other states have proven to be damaging for employees who work in the hospitality industry. We need to be moving toward creating an environment that is constructive for our employees and businesses at the state level, not detrimental,” Brandt said.
A recent report on the restrictive scheduling law in San Francisco shows after almost one year, employees and employers are unhappy with the law due to lack of flexibility and freedom to make lifestyle choices. Additionally, employees in need of extra income are having more difficulty adding extra work hours.
ORLA is part of a broader business coalition of local employees and employers working together to fight this legislation. A new website, WeWorkForOregon.com, highlights the issues faced by employees and employers around the proposed scheduling laws.
For more information, visit OregonRLA.org/GA.
The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association is the leading business association for the foodservice and lodging industry in Oregon, which is comprised of over 9,000 foodservice locations and 2,200 lodging establishments with a workforce of 164,800, and a total economic impact of $8 billion - making it the cornerstone of the economy, career opportunities and community involvement. The association works to advocate, protect, train and promote the foodservice and lodging industry.