Get leaner to stay ahead, says Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say
To mark his first month as Manpower Minister, former labour chief Lim Swee Say speaks to the media on Singapore's manpower crunch, and what can be done
Smaller menus, smaller venues and multi-tasking staff.
This is one of the ways the food and beverage industry can help fight the labour crunch, said Minister for Manpower Lim Swee Say yesterday.
He said that when you reduce the menu, the staff also is reduced and can focus better.
Mr John Chan, owner of Italian fusion family restaurant Pasta J, told The New Paper that while he keeps his menu small, it is inadequate to solve the problem of manpower shortage.
He added that it can take up to two to three months to find service or kitchen staff.
For Mr Bjorn Shen, who owns Middle-Eastern restaurant Artichoke, talent retention is the way to go.
Among other incentives, he organises annual overseas retreats for his staff.
Read the full report in our print edition on June 3.
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