PRLA Restaurant & Lodging Matters Spring 2022

Spring 2022 • PENNSYLVANIA RESTAURANT & LODGING matters • 13 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS The biggest benefit you offer your employees is their pay, and in response to the Great Resignation, 84% of restaurants reported raising wages (National Restaurant Association). According to a recent survey of 1,200 restaurants by the Independent Restaurant Coalition, nearly 40% have added paid sick leave for the first time, and more than 20% have added paid vacation during the pandemic. But there are other opportunities to explore. Employee Benefits are a function of your HR department, and there are ways to be creative here too (without breaking the bank)! Many restaurants are adding benefits not traditionally offered in the industry. • Voluntary Benefits (Vision, Dental, Life, Long/Short term disability insurance) • Health Insurance • 401K and Retirement Opportunities • Paid Parental Leave • Flexible Workweek • Employee Assistance Programs • Signing Bonuses • Tuition Coverage • Prepaid Child Care • Streaming Service Subscriptions • Grocery Perks • Tickets to Local Events Like your company culture, there is no ‘single solution’ for your benefits package. But even on the tightest budget there are options you can explore to increase employee retention and attract the best employees. It’s one of our specialties at FocusHRO, and we’ve teamed up with PRLA as their preferred HR partner. Our experienced team will take the time to learn about the issues you face and the resources you have to solve them— developing and offering solutions you may not have known about, or didn’t think possible! • We’re here to assist you with all things HR. Visit to get started.