A Victorian burger chain will offer staff a portion of profits in a bid to retain them during the cost of living crisis and tight labor market.
About 10% of Burgertory’s profits will go to employees who meet food presentation and customer service quality goals, under what the chain calls a “first in the market” incentive program. industry “.
Hospitality workers are among the hardest to find, according to a recent Australian Bureau of Statistics survey of business conditions and sentiment.
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Vanessa Jose, Burgertory’s Box Hill site manager, said the incentive program has boosted staff motivation.
“With the cost of living rising so much at the moment, my staff often request additional shifts to cover costs, so I know this will definitely be well received and make a difference,” she said.
Burgertory made $30 million in sales across its 17 stores last year, and chain founder Hash Tayeh said it was important to give back to employees.
“These first-to-market initiatives are being undertaken in order to thrive during the toughest economic times,” he said.
“Businesses across Australia are collectively battling inflation, staffing and supply issues. Never before has innovation been so important for businesses to thrive.
The four-year-old business is one of Australia’s largest independent burger chains, with plans to expand across Melbourne and Sydney.
It comes after the Fair Work Commission raised the national minimum wage by 5.2%, or about $40 more per week.
The United Workers Union said it was unaware of the incentive scheme.
The union’s digital presence, Hospo Voice, previously said trained and experienced workers had “left the industry in droves”.
Some sites have offered sign-up bonuses and other incentives, but workers might find the “rug pulled out from under them” when the competition for workers begins to die down.