- The Syracuse restaurant owner is sending workers to the game in a limo.
- The diner will also be closed the morning after the game.
- As record numbers of workers leave the restaurant industry, owners are trying to retain employees.
The owners of a diner in Central New York are treating employees to a Monday night Buffalo Bills game and the following day off, they confirmed to Insider.
Nestico’s Too in Camillus, a suburb of Syracuse, closed at noon on Monday so a group of about 25 employees can travel to Buffalo by limo for the game, Dan Cazentre first reported for New York Upstate. The diner will reopen Wednesday.
“We have done this a few times. We really try to do a lot of team building activities with the crew,” owner Marty Richardson told Insider. “I have always tried to make our environment one which people wanted to work and feel valued. I think things like this show them we care about how hard they work.”
The game is an especially exciting one for Bills fans: the team is playing the New England Patriots, a longtime division rival, for the top spot in the AFC East.
Nestico’s Too is taking care of staffers at a time when the restaurant industry is in crisis. Many restaurants are chronically understaffed, without enough workers to meet even average demand, without the additional orders of this year. Some business owners say they’re unable to find staff and in some cases even cite a lack of desire to work, while workers say they can demand better pay and benefits in the tight labor market. In many cases, restaurants have decreased hours and closed dining rooms, and a third of restaurant workers say they want to leave the industry.
According to restaurant workers surveyed by Lightspeed, 62% said that customers are more demanding than ever before. This fits with other data coming out of the industry, including a majority of restaurant workers reporting emotional abuse and disrespect from customers. In this environment, time off and acknowledgment of appreciation from management can go a long way.
Workers at Nestico’s Too are reportedly Bills fans, and Richardson says the TVs have to face the kitchen so staff can watch their team during game time.
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