Labor shortages: The answer lies in the power of technology – Food Safety News

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By ComplianceMate
As the COVID-19 crisis drags on, it has become clear that its aftereffects will be felt in the business world for years to come. Many businesses permanently closed their doors due to COVID-related shutdowns, and many others were forced to dramatically realign their operations. 
For professionals in the restaurant, hospitality, and foodservice sectors, these trends have had particularly far-reaching consequences. It may even be fairly said that this industry has been hit harder by COVID than any other. Nationwide, the foodservice industry lost two million workers between February 2020 and May 2021. 
The problem cannot be entirely explained by widespread restaurant closures. There are numerous opportunities out there for skilled foodservice workers. “Help Wanted” signs can be found in a wide range of restaurants, grocery stores, and foodservice businesses across the land. It’s just that these open positions are attracting few applicants. 
This labor shortage can be traced back to multiple causes. 
How can businesses cope with this lingering labor shortage? Automation technology is the key.
Automated Tools
When we refer to automation technology, we’re talking about a variety of devices, software, and systems that can control one or more food-management processes with little or no human intervention. This type of technology tends to be associated with the widely proposed implementation of automated kiosks at fast-food restaurants, but it is really much more diverse than that.
Automation technology currently available to foodservice businesses includes the following:
As automation technology continues to advance, the foodservice sector will be able to utilize increasingly sophisticated tools that will enhance workflows and reduce waste.
The Benefits of Automation
Technology of this nature provides several advantages to businesses in a tough job market:
We’re a long way from full automation in the foodservice industry—but businesses already have access to a number of useful tools that can relieve ongoing labor shortages by allowing establishments to do more with fewer employees. 
About ComplianceMate: According to its website, the company offers a variety of wireless temperature sensors and related workflow tools especially designed for the needs of modern foodservice establishments of all kinds. With ComplianceMate technology, managers can make informed evidence-based decisions relating to staff training, workflows, and food safety. As a result, businesses save money by reducing food waste and optimizing employee efficiency, in addition to improving auditing and regulatory compliance.