Yelp and Instawork Team Up to Tackle Seattle’s Staffing Crisis

With 90% employee turnover rates, restaurant-tech company brings fresh ideas to the table.

The Seattle area’s cost of living index continues to soar as the hospitality industry struggles to hire and retain talent.

Instawork is an online marketplace that connects job seekers to local businesses using innovative introduction and scheduling tools. The restaurant-tech company has partnered with Yelp to host the, “Get a Handle on Hiring” panel on Monday, September 25 from 6-8 pm at ATLAS Workbase.  The panel will address the Seattle Area Restaurateur Community’s staffing crisis by leading a discussion on best practices and unique ideas for hiring front and back of house employees.

Instawork will breakdown average compensation and benefits by job title and location, as well as go over the dramatic YoY hourly wage increases.  Business owners and operators will get an inside look at what their competitors are offering to potential employees.

Panelist include Sumir Meghani, Co-Founder and CEO of Instawork; Miranda Geranios, Regional Restaurant Manager of Nordstrom;  Branden Karo, Culinary Director of Ethan Stowell Restaurants; and Carissa Linn, Director of HR at Compass Group.

The panelist will share the strategies they use to successfully hire and retain staff, as well as the challenges they face.  According to one of the panelist on the San Francisco Bay Area hiring panel, it costs about $3,000 to hire and train a new minimum wage employee.

The discussion will take a deep dive into clever employee retention solutions such as creative bonuses and employee referral programs, sharing staff with neighboring businesses, flexible scheduling, and how to proactively prevent employees from quitting without warning. Attendees will also learn best practices, backed by data, for recruiting talent including the most effective verbiage to use in a job post, best channels to communicate through, and follow-up procedures.

There will be a Yelp genius bar for any questions pertaining to businesses’ Yelp listings and the free tools for business owners. Instawork will have staff on site to discuss their platform, as well as insights and the topics presented.

Enjoy lite bites and beverages while networking with Yelp and Instawork staff and some of the Seattle’s highest rated restaurateurs on Yelp.

Click here to RSVP.

About Instawork:

Instawork is a marketplace for local jobs that makes it easy for thousands of restaurants, bars, cafes and other small and medium sized businesses to hire quality workers quickly. Based in San Francisco and available in the Seattle, Southern California and Arizona, Instawork sources and matches candidates with local businesses. Instawork is backed by prominent investors such as SV Angel, Crunchfund, Hall-of-Fame quarterback Joe Montana, and Steve Chen, co-founder of Youtube.

For more information about Instawork, please visit

Click here to download the Instawork for Businesses app.

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