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Fast food companies investing more in employees

Posted at 8:53 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 09:53:18-05

One of the fast growing job fields in 2020 is the fast food industry.

It's not traditionally something people see as a career path but there's been some big improvements lately.

Starting this year all Taco Bell employees can get 24 hours of paid sick time per year.

There's also a new program for employees that want to get leadership experience.

That could lead to new $100,000 a year General Manager positions opening up.

Right now, the average fast food restaurant manager makes closer to $40,000 to $60,000 a year.

Michelle Armer, Chief People Officer with Careerbuilder, says, "Its all about creating a culture where employees feel comfortable talking to their leaders about their career aspirations."

Career experts call it a bold move that's necessary to attract entry level workers in this tight job market.

The fast food industry is expected to grow 11 percent by 2028.

And workers aren't just high school students, they're baby boomers and people on their second or third careers.

Monster Career Expert, Vicki Salemi

"There are ways to think about these jobs as roles to not only earn money but also gain skills like customer service management and budgeting."

There are even benefits for us by keeping fast food workers around longer.

"You would rather go and eat somewhere where you feel welcomed and you feel like management cares about what you're looking for and your concerns."

"Engaged driven employees create a better customer experience and ultimately that will help with the businesses bottom line."

No matter what job you're applying for, the experts say you should not only ask about pay, but benefits and training as well.

Also things like, how long people have worked there and what it takes to get promoted within the company.

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