Shake Shack and Other Companies Are Trying a Four-day Workweek in Effort to Attract and Keep Employees

Shake Shack is trying a four-day workweek in some of its Vegas restaurants.
Shake Shack is trying a four-day workweek in some of its Vegas restaurants.

Shake Shack workers are getting a taste of the four-day workweek.

Danny Meyer’s gourmet burger and milkshake chain is the latest company experimenting with a shortened schedule, its CEO Randy Garutti revealed at an investor conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, hoping that the new perk helps attract employees during this tight labor market. The turnover rate in the hospitality sector was more than 70% for the second year straight, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and three in 10 restaurateurs say staffing is a challenge.

“Here in Las Vegas, in some of our Shacks, we’re testing a four-day workweek. That’s a big thing. Nobody’s really been able to figure that out in the restaurant business,” said Garutti, as reported by Bloomberg. “If we can figure that out on scale, it could be a big opportunity.”

“We’re not promising it yet,” he added, “but it’s something we’re having fun trying, and seeing how our leaders like it on a recruiting basis and ongoing retention basis.”

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