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The Effects of COVID-19 on Restaurant Staffing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching effects on nearly all aspects of life, particularly the restaurant industry. From the temporary closure of dine-in establishments to a plethora of health and safety regulations, restaurant owners are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to restaurant staffing. Spoiler alert: there is hope.

The timing of the pandemic has had a massive impact on staffing in the restaurant industry. Most restaurants had to lay off large chunks of their staff before they were able to develop strategies to accommodate new health regulations. When times are lean we post to as many places as possible. Our focus is on spreading awareness and interviewing anyone interested.

Now many restaurants are scrambling to hire enough new staff to keep up with demand.

When there is an abundance of applicants, the focus is strict, and that takes time, money, and energy that stretches business owners and managers thin.

In response to either staffing crisis, many restaurant owners and hiring managers are looking to Clock’d, the only dedicated recruiter in the food and hospitality industry, for help. The key is speed in both scenarios. Our team recruits and interviews 7 days a week for our clients. We’re vetting to make sure each candidate is the right fit.

Furthermore, restaurants are turning to technology to help manage their staffing needs. By using applicant tracking systems (ATS) like SEEN, they are able to spread their reach and make the hiring process more efficient. SEEN recruits passively for our clients 24/7.


The COVID-19 pandemic has put a strain on restaurant staffing, and restaurants are having to get creative to address the crisis. The good news is that Clock’d is here to help. If your food or hospitality business needs industry-specific recruiting, Clock’d is here for you. Schedule a free consultation with us today.


Marc LaPierre is a 10-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Certified Staffing Professional, and CEO/Founder of Clock’d + SEEN. From cooking in James Beard award-winning kitchens to opening and managing a nightclub in Mexico, he worked every job in the industry. Today he connects professionals looking to advance their careers with clients eager to find an all-star team.


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