Recently, whenever I met with colleagues from the restaurant/catering, hotel or event sector, one topic that inevitably cropped up was that of the "staff situation at work." "So, you've got a shortage of staff too," or "How do you get the good candidates to work for you?" were statements I often heard.
In the spring, a number of different media outlets had already reported on how the shortage of skilled staff in the hospitality and hotel trade in Switzerland as well as in Germany and Austria had escalated and would probably become even worse. The pandemic situation and the two lockdowns have left their mark. Because in times of furlough work, or even unemployment, a large number of employees from restaurants or hotels have sought and found an alternative job outside the sector.
But wait. It would be wrong to give the pandemic the blame for everything. The shortage of skilled staff, or should we say the rather poor image of the restaurant/catering sector, had been an ongoing issue long before the pandemic hit. The Hotel & Gastro Union regularly surveys trainees about their opinions and whether they intend to stay in the sector after their apprenticeship. Half of them answer that they would be leaving the industry. The reasons they give are the low wages, irregular working hours, or rather the short-term planning of free time and working hours. The third reason is the negative work environment.
Which makes our job as Gurten – Park im Grünen crystal clear. As an employer in an industry that is often frowned upon as being unattractive, we have to do everything in our power to attract new and dedicated skilled staff. In a blog post in October, Hans Traffelet, our Managing Director, said that "nowadays as an employer, we have to apply to job-seekers." Click here
for the complete blog post.
I thus asked myself, what good reasons are there to work for us here at the Gurten? Based on my deliberations and talks with our employees, I came up with the following list.