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Businesses Struggle To Keep Employees – CBS Detroit

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(CBS DETROIT) – Good help is difficult to find, but it is even more difficult to keep help close by.

“Starting the business is the easiest thing. It’s about keeping the staff and the things you need to run your business are the hard part, ”said Nicole Christian, owner of Burger Grille.

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Small business owners are thinking of creative ways to recruit people at a time when it has not been so easy to fill jobs.

“Bonuses, refer a friend, refer a co-worker and you will receive a bonus or referral fee. None of this works, ”said Christian.

Christian rolls up his sleeves to keep her kitchen running at the burger grill on the west side of Detroit.

She says it has been a struggle to keep a full staff since the pandemic.

“I have to close for a few days. Some days I’ll just post that we’re not open. The team I have now is amazing. My cashier, my cook, I have a prep manager and then I have myself who comes in when these businesses move. You know, I come in and I’m practical, but it’s still not enough, ”said Christian.

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Employers believe that many people are afraid to return to work as COVID cases rise and unemployment continues to lower checks.

“When the pandemic came and unemployment came, it was like a total shutdown. Nobody came in. Nobody wanted to work. Everyone quit and took days off, ”said Christian.

Owners are now on staggering shifts to keep their businesses going amid what is known as a labor shortage.

“Jobs are available everywhere. Since I’m in the food industry, I have a lot of colleagues who are even looking and we are open. Come in and you know you need to fill out an application. Join our team, ”said Christian.

The Burger Grille is located at 15539 Schoolcraft near Greenfield.

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