Restaurants and Food Service
We are an executive search provider in The Restaurant & Food Service Industry which is the nation’s second-largest private sector employer, representing approximately 10 percent of the total U.S. workforce. Although industry sales are continuing almost a decade of consecutive annual growth, the current operating environment isn’t without its challenges. It’s important to acknowledge these challenges as they shape the landscape of the industry. Declining foot traffic due to the rise of food delivery services, labor shortages from low wages, long working hours, and demanding work conditions, increasing costs as a result of ingredients, rent, and utilities, sustainability concerns such as sourcing, and waste management, changing consumer preferences for healthier preferences and locally sourced options, and increased competition. While these are significant issues, they also create opportunities for innovation and adaptation within the industry. Restaurants that can navigate these concerns by embracing technology, offering unique dining experiences, addressing sustainability concerns, and staying attuned to changing consumer preferences are more likely to thrive in the evolving landscape.
Restaurant & Food service companies must have the strategy, leadership, and processes required to manage these challenges and risks, and to capitalize on the competitive opportunities they afford. To attract and retain workers, they are realizing that they must be proactive and take steps to make their restaurants a better place for their employees to work. Expertise in management recruiting has become paramount. Attraction and retention successes that are occurring are due primarily to improved communications, fostering teamwork, building a good team spirit, and sticking to their stated principles and core values.
Allen Austin’s consultants understand the recruitment and leadership needs of restaurants and the food service industry. As a leadership advisory and executive search firm, we have deep knowledge of the challenges this industry faces and can deliver services that are tailored specifically to achieve best results.