Restaurant and business owners in the region are having a hard time finding employees.
“Due to the ever-increasing challenges of finding staff to work and with the well-being of our current staff at the forefront of our mind, we have decided to close on Sundays until further notice,” AJ Texas Hots posted on Facebook recently.
With a few employees leaving the restaurant due to illness or other job opportunities and a slow pace of receiving applications, AJ’s now faces the issue of being under-staffed. As a way to make up for it, full-time AJ’s employees have been working overtime, which is both hard on the employees and difficult for the business to continue.
Vicki Carlson of AJ’s is convinced that people aren’t applying because of their reluctance to work a minimum-wage job since AJ’s pays their employees $12.50 per hour. Instead, she’s adamant that COVID unemployment pay is the bigger factor in deterring people from working.
AJ’s has hired two more employees, but until they are properly trained, the restaurant is under-staffed and will be closed on Sundays to improve the well-being of the staff on board now.