- Restaurant staff are continuing to struggle with the labor shortage and pandemic working conditions.
- “Every cook I know is overworked,” Brandon Medina, a line cook, told The Seattle Times.
- A worker at a different restaurant suffered stress-induced eczema and decide to quit.
A severe labor shortage, combined with the impact of enforcing COVID-19 restrictions, has left restaurant workers struggling to cope.
The Seattle Times reported that many workers in the city’s eateries are exhausted. They’re taking on extra work to counteract staff shortages, but also have nobody to cover shifts when they want to take a day off.
Workers across the country have been leaving their jobs at high rates. About 75% of independent restaurants said they were struggling to attract staff. Some have had to temporarily close because of staff shortages, Insider’s Kevin Shalvey reported.
Brandon Medina, a Seattle line cook at Ethan