Yesterday I wrote about the looming labor shortage in rural America. Today I learned of how acute this is becoming.
John Francis, who owns the local McDonald’s in Sidney, MT, recently ran a quarter-page ad in the local newspaper offering wages of from $7.50 to $10/hour, including medical coverage, a 401(k) and sign-on bonus. He got zero applicants!
In desperation, he has signed onto a program I wrote about several months ago, in which his drive-up orders are taken by at-home order takers (homesourcing trend) who are linked to his McDonalds via the internet.
Francis said, “We don’t use it all of the time, but it’s one person we don’t have to worry about.”