Lafayette,LA - As Labor Day has passed, businesses are still faced with the challenge of finding workers even after the federal unemployment benefits have expired.
" I thought a lot of people would be getting back to work but unfortunately that's not the case right now." says C.J Frederick, Corporate General Manager for Fiery Crab in Lafayette. With several businesses still having have now hiring signs in the window.
Owner of Landrys Donuts and Coffee says it's hard to make sure that every customer is satisfied that he is while facing a worker shortage. "We have a great staff in place. we pride ourselves on customer service. we can't serve our customers without the people to do it."
As many businesses around Acadiana strive to have great customer service, the process can be challenging when they are lacking workers. C.J Frederick explains that there isn't timetable as to when the shortage will end."we're impacted by people getting upset because you can't be seated right away. being short staffed we're unable to take the capacity that we would usually take. so, it's challenging some days, but we do our best to navigate through it."
He understands why there may be a shortage with another wave of covid going on, and so many new variants, "Especially in the restaurant industry, you're dealing with people on the daily and you're in close proximity of all these people, so I think a lot of people are just scared to get back to work. "
Lafayette residents, Janet and Raven believe the pandemic and unemployment may might have changed the mindset of people and their willingness to work. "I think that people may be more incline to go back to work once covid is over and they are not worried about childcare.", says Janet. Whereas Raven says, "The people that didn't want to work, it gave them more of a lean way, more of a path to not work."
As the worker shortage continues, it's good to remember to be patient when entering a business that may still face a lack of workers. As more businesses put out more now hiring signs, the hope is for more staff in Lafayette.