Struggle to hire is real: Lynchburg-area businesses seek more employees but fail as COVID restrictions ease | News from local businesses
Dave Henderson, owner of The Water Dog, said, like any other business owner, that he relies on good weather to attract more customers.
“I think the challenge for us is that we are also coming out of this pandemic to some extent,” he said.
With that in mind, more customers are ready to dine, necessitating an increase in staff at area restaurants.
Henderson said it was not just about the atmosphere and work culture for potential candidates, but also the bottom line.
“People need to earn a living wage and The Water Dog is 100% for the increase in the minimum wage because it brings people who need those increases closer to a living wage,” said Henderson, said. referring to the minimum wage which is expected to rise to $ 9.50 on May 1st.
Simplimatic Automation in Forest is recruiting for Buyer and Buyer, Junior Buyer and Accelerator and Warehouse Clerks.
Lee Crawford, chief marketing officer, said that for the most part these are positions the company would normally hire for, with the exception of store clerks.
“We probably would have filled them without the pandemic,” he said.
He said the positions had attracted applicants, but some were under or overqualified and some people were making more money through unemployment.