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Local businesses still struggling to hire and keep workers

“We’re just desperate for help,”
Moorhead restaurant owner, Ryan Alford, said getting new hires to show up regularly and...
Moorhead restaurant owner, Ryan Alford, said getting new hires to show up regularly and preventing them from quitting after just a few days are two more difficult challenges to overcome.(KVLY)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The struggles continue for Red River Valley businesses in desperate need of workers. Finding employees isn’t the only high hurdle to clear.

Moorhead restaurant owner, Ryan Alford, said getting new hires to show up regularly and preventing them from quitting after just a few days are two more difficult challenges to overcome.

The new Moorhead Italian restaurant, Altony’s, has only been open since May 13th and owner Ryan Alford said business is great. He said he isn’t struggling with a lack of customers, rather a lack of workers.

“I’m looking for servers, dishwashers, cooks, everything,” said Alford.

Alford said it takes at least 5 people to run his restaurant and right now he only has 4 employees to work all six days they are open.

“I’ve got a couple of part-time employees, but it’s just hard for me to be here from 8:00 in the morning to 8:00 at night,” said Alford, “they are long days in the kitchen.”

Alford said the way things are going is just not sustainable for him or his current employees.

“My staff is just wearing out, and they do it all again the next day,” said Alford.

Alford’s employee, Michael Olson, said he is exhausted from having to do so much work day in and day out.

“We’re just desperate for help,” said Alford, “I like to have time off too, and I’ve just been working from sunup to sundown every day.”

Alford said one of the most frustrating parts is when people just don’t show up.

“You offer them a job and you’re paying them more than what you can afford to pay them just to get them in the door, and they don’t even show up for the interview,” said Alford.

If he doesn’t find help soon, Alford said they will have to change the restaurant hours to allow employees to rest.

“We cannot keep doing it like this,” said Alford, “I’m going to have to change my hours if I don’t get some more help.”

He adds that he wants to make his customers happy, but with being so short-staffed it’s hard to do.

“We’re open and we need some help,” said Alford.

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