Without enough bakers to operate, she had no choice. She made the decision Thursday to shut down for a week to give all staff time to “get tested and hopefully come back healthy.”
Wyman pays his employees for the week off. But it’s because of her budget, so she’s late paying the rent on her house.
Although she hopes to open this weekend, the plan is fluid. She discovered on Wednesday that two other employees had tested positive.
Omicron adds to personnel problems
The surge has triggered “widespread cancellations and closures as already understaffed businesses are hit by a wave of sick calling staff,” Michael Pearce, senior US economist at Capital Economics, said in an email to clients Wednesday.
Several recent data points, which do not yet factor in the arrival of the Omicron variant, highlight the historically tight US job market.
“Workers have continued to leave their jobs at an historic rate. The low-wage sectors directly affected by the pandemic continued to be the source of a large portion of the high departures,” said Nick Bunker, director of research at the Indeed Hiring Lab, in an email. comments Tuesday.
Employers also had 10.6 million jobs to fill in November, down slightly from just over 11 million vacancies in October.
“Positive, positive, positive”
On December 18, Neir’s owner Loycent Gordon got a call from one of his bartenders who was not feeling well. The employee later told Gordon he had tested positive.
Gordon has decided that the rest of the staff, which totals roughly eight people in total, should be tested.
“That’s when all hell broke loose,” he said. “Everyone started to feel sick, started posting their test results in group chat. And everyone kept saying positive, positive, positive.”
For about a week and a half after that, the staff at the Neir Tavern, consisting of eight people, was reduced to two. Gordon himself tested positive during this time and suffered symptoms and had to self-isolate.
Due to the outages, Gordon closed the tavern for two days in addition to a planned closure on Christmas Day. He also canceled events like the quiz bar and open mic night.
Hiring temporary staff was not an option, he said. Gordon and most of his employees being sick, “Who’s going to train them?” “
Gupshup, a modern Indian restaurant in Manhattan, also suffered from a staff shortage, owner Jimmy Rizvi said. Due to workers calling in sick, Rizvi and other staff members had to wear different hats to operate the restaurant.
“I stepped in as a host., My boss… had to work on the lines,” he said. On another occasion, when a bartender didn’t show up, a barback filled up.
The ad-hoc approach means that, so far, Gupshup has not had to close its doors. As Rizvi said, “We juggled our existing staff.”
Anneken Tappe of CNN Business contributed to this article.