Fast Food Staff Shortage Forces Corporate Office to Step in As Cooks, Servers

A fast-food chain facing a labor shortage is taking a top-down approach in staffing its outlets, by sending its corporate employees to fry chicken and serve customers.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers has dispatched half of its office staff into some of its 530 branches across the U.S. this week. They will be at the coalface of the business as cooks and cashiers, while others will be working in recruitment, Bloomberg reported.

Raising Cane’s is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has 40,000 workers, with plans to expand next year when it plans to open more than 100 restaurants.

However, like many in the restaurant sector, it faces a labor shortage as firms have complained they are struggling to get staff.

In the short term, Raising Cane’s hopes to hire 10,000 workers over the next 50 days, assisted by a recruitment team sent to the restaurants.

The company says every

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Raising Cane’s puts corporate staff to work as fry cooks, cashiers amid staffing shortage

One national fast food chain is putting their corporate office employees to work in restaurants amid the ongoing worker shortage.

Raising Cane’s co-CEO and COO AJ Kumaran told TODAY Food that on a business call last week, he had mentioned they were “struggling to have meaningful crew members” in the field.

“Our business is very, very busy and we need more people,” he said he told folks on the call. “It’s very tough. So, before I knew it my phone started blowing up with people asking, ‘How can we help?”

Kumaran said everyone — even at the corporate level — is trained when they start at the company as a fry cook and cashier.

“If you look at my title, I am the COO, CEO, fry cook and cashier,” he explained. “So I said, ‘Well, why don’t we all step in and help group people and help fill

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