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“Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants getting creative to solve worker shortage problem”

Published: 24 Jan 2022

Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant CEO, Laura Rea Dickey, says her labor force is down about 12% due to open positions “across the board”, including management and positions in the corporate office. -Fox Business Varney & Co

Labor shortage is being experienced everywhere; however, California is feeling the strain more than most. With over 550 locations, we have a labor shortage between 10-12% in the labor force across the company. CEO, Laura Rea Dickey combats the shortage by sharing job posts with people directly to try to reach out and hire individuals. The company has always paid above average minimum wage; however, there have been additional adjustments to add stronger benefits such as better health care options. Health care benefits have been extended to hourly employees instead of just on the management level; however, there is still the shortage percentage in the double digits. Now, this has been a common occurrence in many industries, especially experienced due to the pandemic. A major cause for this, according to Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurant CEO, has been healthcare or lack thereof. The struggle of the labor shortage has been felt exponentially; however, that has not stopped the barbecue chain from serving up delicious BBQ to its loyal customers. In fact, despite the labor shortage, Dickey’s Barbecue has seen an uptick in sales and expansion. You can watch the entire segment of Laura Rea Dickey on Fox Business right here.
“Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants getting creative to solve worker shortage problem”
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