Michigan State University mess halls need more workers.
He asked over 100 full-time residential and hospitality administrative workers to work a few hours a week.
But now the university’s residential and hospitality departments are seeing whether faculty and staff are willing to volunteer their time.
Michigan State University is just one of many places that need more workers. The university is looking for faculty and staff willing to help fill the shortage of mess hall workers.
According to reports from the Lansing State Journal, the staffing problem is partly due to the fact that there are fewer student workers. Usually, there would be around 4,000 students working in the dining halls; there were 1,200 at the end of September per Lansing State Journal.
Vennie Gore, Senior Vice President of Home and Hospitality Services and Ancillary Businesses, emailed Deans, Principals and Presidents that they were looking for staff and faculty to help out in the dining halls and spread the word with their departments. , according to the Lansing State Journal. Gore noted in the email, “We have specific needs in the evenings and on weekends,” the report said.
The email says the school has already asked 132 full-time residential and reception administrative staff to work in mess rooms eight hours a week.
Despite the need for more people working in mess halls, Kat Cooper, director of communications for the university’s residential and hotel services division, said Detroit News that the situation in the dining rooms improves as they hire more. They also increased starting wages in food services to attract workers.
Not everyone was thrilled with the call for volunteers from staff and faculty.
Richard Davila, a research specialist at the university, said Detroit News that the email was “deaf in tone” and added “MSU struggles to compete to get people to come to work in culinary services,” but that’s not the fault of faculty and staff.
“If they want to be more competitive, they need to make their pay and benefits more competitive,” Davila told the Detroit News.
The leisure and hospitality industry is particularly struggling to find and retain workers. Restaurants and other food businesses are in competition to fill open roles. Food service workers are also quitting for other higher paying opportunities. The resignation rate for accommodation and food services in particular was at a higher of 6.8% in August.
Restaurants and other businesses have grown To pay and offer incentives such as signing bonuses to attract new workers. Other industries looking for workers also offer signing bonuses, such as some daycare and places looking to hire more bus drivers.
Michigan State University isn’t the only university in desperate need of workers, especially in food services.
A University of Georgia foodservice employee told Yahoo Finance that “everyone is overworked.”
“Mad rush describes it pretty well – staff shortage, supply chain shortage, influx of new students to campus,” the employee told Yahoo Finance.
Other colleges like Indiana University and UC San Diego are among those feeling the tensions of the labor shortage with more students returning to campuses this academic year. Students at these schools said they face long wait times.
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