Restaurant Turnover and Recruitment Challenges are Here to Stay!

I have been in the hospitality recruitment business for 30 years (and will now stop counting!) and every year I hear that hospitality recruiting agencies will no longer be needed.  The goal has always been for restaurants to find their own staff and as Staffing Partner to my clients we help with that goal.  But the stark reality that restaurant turnover and recruitment challenges are here to stay!

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Pizza Hut Starts Delivering BEER with your pizza!

Consumers are more and more all about convenience and speed of service.  Restaurants that don't offer in-home delivery on their own or through GrubHub, UberEats and others are losing market share.  The Pizza industry is #1 for "dine at home" options and now Pizza Hut steps out to be the leader once again.

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Top 10 Restaurant Trends in 2018

Each year it seems like the restaurant industry reinvents itself on some level.  It's been interesting to watch this year.

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Buffalo Wild Wings Promotes Jammin’ Jalepeno with a funny ad

Funny ad - even the way restaurants are advertising these days is changing.

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Q3 Workforce Index reveals sustained recruiting, turnover challenges in restaurants

Recruiting remains a challenge for restaurants, and the third-quarter People Report Workforce Index registers how wide and deep the difficulty is.

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Teens have been the focus for decades

If you think Baby Boomers are square, think again. The generation that came of age in the 1960s and ’70s were self-aware enough to work en masse to effect change, and they were arguably the first group of teenagers that were directly marketed to.

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How Organizations Are Harnessing The Wisdom Of Baby Boomers To Combat Skills Shortages

Some organizations are attempting to retain access to this knowledge and experience by setting up alumni networks. One of the most well-known alumni networks is YourEncore, which was set up in 2003 by Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly to enable them to tap into the wisdom of older employees who still wanted to offer their experience without working full-time hours.

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Is your restaurant ‘all in’ on hospitality?

Hospitality can mean many things, but it does not have to mean expensive. It does not have to mean white tablecloths or a fancy wine list. Those things can be great, sure, but they aren’t hospitality.

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How your brand can tackle unconscious bias

Starbucks. Papa John’s. The Spotted Pig. In the last year, restaurants large and small have made headlines over race and harassment issues, leaving operators to grapple with how to create inclusive company cultures while also preparing themselves to respond if an incident occurs.

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5 emerging brands reveal secrets to success

Instagrammable merchandising. Hyper-focused menu. Sexy vegetables. Gorgeous food. Authenticity. These are the individual attributes of this year’s Hot Concepts Award winners, who were recognized during this week’s MUFSO conference. Leaders from each emerging brand told industry executives why their concepts have resonated with consumers. These are the individual attributes of this year’s Hot Concepts Award winners, who were recognized during this week’s MUFSO conference. Leaders from each emerging brand told industry executives why their concepts have resonated with consumers.

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Corina Mack is a LIFE SAVER!

    I feel quite fortunate that I have many things to be thankful for-one of which is Corina Mack.  In October of 2022 the company I had been working at for 6 years went through a round of layoffs.  Unfortunately, my team was hit, and I no longer had a job.  In November of 2022 I lost my mother.  I was devastated and not in a good place.  I had a family, in which I was the breadwinner.  I was grieving and nervous about the future, Corina contacted me on January 3rd of 2023 via LinkedIn Chat.  She told me about a role with a great company and asked if I was interested.  We spoke the next day.  During my job hunt, I had not seen this position in my LinkedIn page, so I was really glad she had contacted me.  She explained how it was a position where you were able to play with data to create a story-Right up my alley!  Corina was very professional and yet personal at the same time.  Because of this, I felt comfortable explaining to her that I was actively interviewing at a couple of other companies.  I had a hunch that "the end was near" regarding a position for one of them.  She encouraged me and stated that if I was interested, I should give it a try even though the interview process may be on the longer side.  (The process ended up being 4 interviews which was about the same as most I found.) The interview process went amazing, and I owe a lot of that to Corina.  She knew the team and coached me on any topic that she thought I should bring to the forefront in conversation.  She was there to answer my questions, called to say, "I'm here" and texted "Good luck" before each interview.  I felt like I wasn't going at this alone which means a lot when you are going through the job search process.  I am now two months into my position, and I couldn't be happier.  The role is FABULOUS!   I feel challenged, however the role is within my skillset and something I genuinely enjoy.  She knew the company and the culture to a tee, and I cannot say how lucky I feel that Corina contacted me.

    P.S. ~

    If Corina contacts you….just say "when and where"  :)

    Many Thanks,

    Keely Monahan

    Corina Mack is a LIFE SAVER!
  • Sally Kennedy is a ROCKSTAR!

    Sally reached out to me when I posted "open to recruiters" on LinkedIn.  I was unfulfilled in my current position and knew, as I am approaching age 55, that it was time to seek a better fit for my level of expertise.  My interview with Sally felt like I was having a cup of coffee with an old friend.  She really cared about my needs, desires, and my work ethic.  When my *new* employer was unresponsive between interviews, she maintained contact and was reassuring of my status.  I would have sought other, less fulfilling, opportunities without her as a resource.  I am thrilled to say that in 3 days I begin my new career as an Account Manager with a company that I am already in love with, and I am incredibly grateful that Sally made that connection!    

    Judi Fulton

    Sally Kennedy is a ROCKSTAR!
  • I would like to start off by saying I am extremely grateful for the work that Mr. Jeff Weller has done for me. 

    Mr. Jeff went above and beyond to help me get a new job.  His preparation, attention to detail and commitment is unmatched.  When I did not get the first job I interviewed with, I felt like giving up and was so down on myself.  Mr. Jeff went to work once again immediately to find me another interview and did so in less than 48 hours.  I know for a fact I would not have this opportunity without his help and I will forever be grateful and thankful for all the work he did with  and for me by putting my professional resume together, making sure my resume was seen by companies, and making sure I was more than prepared for the interview process.  

    Once again, thank you Mr. Jeff!

    Hunter Lane

    I would like to start off by saying I am extremely grateful for the work that Mr. Jeff Weller has done for me
  • Eric Wright is the best!

    I received an email from him about job opportunities, shortly after replying to the email I received a call from Mr. Wright discussing my needs for a job and the opportunities he had found to match.  He was very professional and efficient.  Communication was great!  I was never left guessing “what’s next”, he was so informative every step of the way!  Needless to say, I’m happy with this process and my new job as well!


    Janetra Ellis

    Eric Wright is the best!
  • Thomas Evers found my DREAM JOB!

    Thomas Evers was an incredible advocate and even had the opportunity to match me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that allowed me to explore new environments and spread my wings. I owned a marketing agency that serviced the Las Vegas luxury dining and hospitality community. I'm incredibly excited to create an impact in Temecula with this new opportunity that allows me more work/life balance and focus on one hospitality group as their Creative Brand Director. Thomas also followed up at every step and truly worked hard to help me get the best possible contract.

    Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication,

    Danielle Perea

    Thomas Evers found my DREAM JOB!