Competition among restaurants has always been intense, but today, competition to attract and retain staff has never been so tough. In a recent survey conducted by TouchBistro, 100 percent of restaurant owners surveyed said they have struggled to staff their restaurants in the past year, with 88.9 percent saying that skilled cooks are the hardest positions to fill. What’s more, labour shortages are becoming increasingly severe as retirees grow, and youth interest — traditionally the industry’s demographic — declines.
“At 7shifts, we are hearing from customers that rising labour costs are no longer the only thing that keeps them up at night. Having access to talented, qualified staff has quickly grown into a major concern,” said Jordan Boesch, CEO of 7shifts. “We are in the businesses of helping managers lower labour costs and increase operating efficiency — while saving time on scheduling and improving team communication — so partnering with Hyr is a natural fit as it provides tremendous value to operators and staff alike.”
Hyr connects businesses and workers to fill any shift, at any time. When there is an increasingly tight labour market, and a very shallow labour pool, Hyr connects businesses with qualified hospitality workers when they are looking for each other.
“I think of it as skill sharing,” said Daimin Bodnar, co-owner of Toronto’s staple, Hemingway’s. “I was an early adopter of 7shifts, because their technology allows me to clearly and easily track my labour costs. That’s why I am so excited about this partnership; because Hyr helps me find people, when I need them, and 7shifts tells me when I need them. Having these two platforms integrate will be a huge support for my business, and frankly, the industry.”
How it will work: 7shifts and Hyr will be able to predict when a worker is needed to fill a shift at a 7shifts customer location. That way they will ensure that every shift is covered — whether it be a scheduled shift, a no-show or call-off.
“Hyr has attracted over 11,000 Pros (workers) who are looking to earn extra money,” said Erika Mozes, COO at Hyr. “The Pros using the Hyr platform are qualified, accountable workers who are already, or used to work in, the industry and want to work differently than in that traditional worker-business relationship. On the flip side, we connect business to extra hands, when they need them. We know sharing staff will soon be the norm in the industry — just as making a reservation online, ordering from your home, and scheduling with an intuitive tool.”
7shifts and Hyr will be working together to help restaurants in Toronto and New York manage their labour costs effectively and access talent — just in time for the holiday season!
Founded in Saskatoon, Canada, in 2014, with offices in Toronto, 7shifts is the restaurant employee scheduling solution used by over 250,000 restaurant pros across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. 7shifts is used by growing multi-unit restaurant groups including: Bareburger, Honeygrow, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Andy’s Frozen Custard, Juice It Up!, and many others. More than a scheduling platform, 7shifts empowers restaurant managers to optimize their workforce to better manage employees, resulting in reduced labor costs. 7shifts has secured $4.5 million in funding, led by Tandem Capital and Relay Ventures.
Hyr connects hospitality and retail businesses with workers to fill any shift, at any time. Businesses access workers, fast, at the best possible price. And workers earn extra income and portable benefits, when they have availability in their schedule. Hyr’s fully mobile platform is live in Toronto and New York, with over 11,000 Pros and more than 300 businesses.