Over the past couple of years, there has been an escalation of labor activity aimed at employers in the service sector, and especially in the food services industry. That is just one of many challenges facing service industry employers in 2016. CUE serves many business verticals, including the food service industry and we have seen a rise in membership in the past two years due to the labor pressures employers are facing. In order to bring state of the art information to our members in different business areas, we often partner with expert groups willing to share their information and expertise with CUE members.
One of our partner groups in the restaurant business is TDn2K, the parent company of the People Report Consortium, which includes hundreds of brands and represents millions of employees. Recognized by the industry as a savvy and trusted research partner, People Report conducts regular surveys amongst industry employers. using this data, TDn2K shares the data and best practices that members need to grow and thrive. and to benchmark the key human resource statistics and workforce metrics that are critical to success and profitability.
People Report™ recently published its quarterly Workforce Index™. If you work in human resources or recruiting, it’s a quick read that will help you understand some of the labor pressures in the service sector. Many of these issues including rising turnover, wage increases in other service sectors, and shifting demographics are colliding right now to create many potential problems for employers. I’m proud to announce that CUE and TDn2K are partnering to offer a webinar focusing on these issues and what employers can do to cope.
Sign up for the TDn2K latest webinar on March 29th, TDn2K CEO Joni Thomas Doolin will lead a discussion on the current labor market and best practices with Jill Van Pelt, SVP and CPO of Denny’s Corporation and Michael VanDerVort, Executive Director of Cue Inc. This webinar will highlight key strategies for recruiting and retaining workers in today’s complex political environment. You will hear how purpose, community involvement and sustainable business practices have contributed to successful recruiting and retention strategies, and how positive employee relations can help you company succeed in this stormy period.
Today in Dallas, a panel of CUE experts will be speaking at the Tdn2k Global Best Practices Conference as part of a symposium on the Workforce 2016-2020. This session is a chance to bring together Tdn2K’s senior Human Resources leadership, along with the experts and thought leaders who are focused on tackling the challenges of the 21st century workplace. Our industry is at a crossroads; faced with a return to a pre-recession white-hot employment market, growing skills gaps, wage pressures, worker activism, ascendance of the millennial workforce, high turnover and lack of engagement. This will require our best work and thinking. Our panel of experts will lay out the macro & regulatory environment. Our operators will share real opinion, insight, advice and challenges.
We will be discussing several issues impacting the service industry as we move into the 2016 election cycle. We’ll be covering the recent spate of NLRB rules changes, labor protests and activism like the Fight for $15 and a heavy focus on issues that are being driven by labor and activist groups at the state and local level such as minimum wage, work schedules and paid leave.
Related to the minimum wage and the efforts to raise the wage, here are some high level details on what has happened in the past two years, according to the Economic Policy Institute, a labor friendly research group with a favorable view of these economic changes: