FRISCO, Texas — Life behind the counter at Raising Cane moves pretty fast.
It happens even faster if there isn’t enough staff to cover a shift.
“In restaurants where we need 50 or 55 crew members, we have about 30,” said Lindsey Harmon, an area leader for Raising Cane’s in the Dallas area.
She usually needs between 10-17 employees per shift in order to be fully staffed.
“Everywhere I think the crew we have — they’re tired, but everybody kind of works together,” she said.
Canes was affected by a lack of workers, as many businesses throughout the country.
Since August 2020, the US quitrate, which is the rate at which people leave their jobs, has been on the rise. It hit a record high of almost 4.3 million in August 2021.
Employers are trying to find new workers because of this shortage.
They do raise wages. “They give signing bonuses, bonuses for employees if they stay employed for some time,” Mac Clouse of the University of Denver, a professor of Finance, stated.
He stated that this is not something that would change in the next few months.
Clouse stated, “I think it’s likely that we still have another year before we see some improvement in some of our problems.”
Raising Cane’s has much to do over the next year. They decide to try something else.
“We have about a hundred restaurants to open in the next six months,” said AJ Kumaran, Raising Cane’s co-CEO and COO.
“At the stage we need to have all hands on deck,” added he.
Kumaran means what he says when he says that he needs everyone on deck.