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Hiring servers at a bar or restaurant is a constant source of stress for busy owners and managers. With turnover rates over 70% at most restaurants, especially fast-food restaurants, finding new workers and training them up quickly is of the utmost importance.

How to hire servers more efficiently

Some ways to hire servers faster include utilizing internal referral programs with multiple bonuses (once when the new hire finishes training, once at the 3 month mark, etc), doing an “employee share” with neighboring businesses, and utilizing text messaging to coordinate interviews and follow ups. On that last point, restaurant managers see an uptick of server applications when using a “text to apply” system, as younger workers are more accustomed to use their mobile devices to job hunt.

How to retain servers

Retaining servers is another challenge, and for the best results, it really boils down to benefits. While it’s easy to suggest increasing their hourly wages, often that’s not possible. Instead, servers can become loyal to businesses that treat them well in other ways including flexible scheduling, paid time off, easy commutes, and the ability to climb the ladder and learn more skills. If a server knows that they are on the path to becoming a manager at a restaurant, they tend to stay longer and work harder at their job.

Servers expect safety during COVID-19

In today’s hiring climate, servers will also want to know that the business takes safety precautions seriously and have enough protective equipment for their workers. Include this information on job listings as well as your hiring portal to reassure potential employees and to address any questions they might have about current safety regulations.

Read more about hiring servers and restaurant workers with our interview with Gastronomy Inc. HR Director Catherine Burns.

4 Servers  applied for jobs in the last 24 hours on Workstream.

V***** E*****(626)-5**-***6
Servers for Hire in Pasadena, CA
Applied 1 minute ago
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A***** I*****(650)-2**-***5
Servers for Hire in Concord, CA
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O***** E*****(919)-4**-***2
Servers for Hire in Raleigh, NC
Applied 2 minutes ago
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N***** R*****(480)-3**-***7
Servers for Hire in Phoenix, AZ
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A***** *****(925)-8**-***8
Servers for Hire in Aurora, CO
Applied 3 minutes ago
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Looking for: Full time
Highest education: University
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A***** R*****(225)-9**-***6
Servers for Hire in Baton Rouge, LA
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A***** L*****(915)-7**-***7
Servers for Hire in El Paso, TX
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R***** A*****(507)-2**-***9
Servers for Hire in Medford, OR
Applied 5 minutes ago
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O***** O*****(504)-4**-***6
Servers for Hire in Chalmette, LA
Applied 6 minutes ago
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Looking for: Full time and part time
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A***** U*****(510)-7**-***1
Servers for Hire in Oakland, CA
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Frequently Asked Questions about hiring a Server

What is the best way to find and hire a Server near me?
Online job boards are the best place to find qualified Server applicants. Employers posting their Server job on Indeed get about 13 applications from that board on average.
Which job boards should I post on to find Server applicants?
You should post to multiple job boards at once. The most successful job postings for a Server are on Indeed – but on average, employers post to 9 boards at the same time, using tools like Workstream. Publishing to multiple job boards at once helps you get your first applicant in 10 hours on average, which is shorter than the national average for Server positions.
What's the best way to communicate with applicants looking for a Server role?
SMS has 86% open rates which is higher than phone call or Email. Text to hire today!
Is it OK to text Server job applicants?
Hourly paid workers, such as Servers are actually more engaged when texting about jobs. We have found that text messages are 135% better than email at getting an applicant's response. Have a look at Workstream, which automates the process of texting and uses a phone number specifically assigned to your job post so you don’t have to use your personal phone.
Can I use a different phone number to engage Server applicants via text message?
Yes, tools such as Workstream provide custom phone numbers that allow employers to engage with applicants through their tool without having to use a personal or business cell phone.

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