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6 Ways to Attract and Retain Talent from Industry Experts

Across Canadian restaurants, labour shortage is a startling reality. Why does this matter? Well, persistent labour shortages put a damper on investment and expansion, for one. Even existing businesses are at risk if they can’t properly attract and retain talent. According to a recent survey from homegrown restaurant-software startup and Restaurants Canada partner, TouchBistro, a staggering 100 per cent of those polled claimed they’ve struggled to staff their restaurant in the past year. Shortfalls span available general manager and supervisor posts, to openings for chefs, servers, cooks and dishwashers, all the way to hosting and bartending gigs. Make no mistake, it’s cause for concern. The restaurant trade is one of Canada’s largest employers — the biggest source of first-time jobs for youth — and an important segment of every urban and rural community across the country. With help from TouchBistro, and industry experts from some of Canada’s hottest establishments and…