Taco Bell announced today that is committing to hiring at least 30,000 workers in the midst of record unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, the chain said that it, along with its franchisees, will be ramping up recruitment efforts to fill traditional team member roles, as well as new roles that have been created in light of enhanced safety measures and social distancing requirements during the coronavirus outbreak. These new roles will "keep the drive-thru running smoothly, to manage delivery, curb-side pickup and mobile app orders, and to maintain industry-leading sanitation and cleanliness practices."
Of course, hiring during the pandemic will look different too, and Taco Bell said it will be conducting virtual and curbside interviews to try and keep prospective employees and hiring managers as safe as they can. Taco Bell emphasized its “Start with Us, Stay with Us” platform in a release, saying "whether team members need a temporary job, or want to begin a career, they’re welcome to join."
Of course, safety is likely the biggest question on everyone's minds, as workers like those at Taco Bell are in close proximity to customers. The brand said that all employees will have their temperature checked using a contactless infrared thermometer and owners will provide gloves and masks to their team.
“During these tough times, we want job-seekers to know that we’re hiring and we’re safe,” said Taco Bell’s chief people officer Kelly McCulloch.
This news come as the U.S. unemployment rate hit recently hit 14.7 percent and many in the food industry saw a financial hit. But as Restaurant Business Online pointed out, this surge in hiring is a sign that fast food businesses, particularly Taco Bell, are seeing business stabilize.
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