Chipotle may not be everyone’s favorite fast food restaurant, but the burrito serving chain is shaking up the way fast food restaurants treat their employees. Chipotle recently announced that their hourly workers will receive sick pay, paid vacation days and full tuition reimbursements starting July 1, 2015. That change is huge in an industry that treats hourly employees as expendable commodities with no real worth.
The move to give hourly employees benefits is certainly long overdue. Most hourly workers don’t earn enough money to stay away from the poverty level. The increase in the minimum wage in some states is helping some hourly workers make ends meet, but the fast food industry still has a lot of work to do to keep their employees fiscally happy and productive.
Other chains like McDonalds and Starbucks are giving employees some tuition reimbursements, but the only chain to add benefits to that perk is Chipotle reports Steve Murray. The decision to add benefits to hourly employees pay is a great move. Giving benefits should help keep hourly employees on the job longer. It may stop some job hopping. Job hopping won’t be eliminated, but employees might think twice before changing jobs. Chipotle knows their decision will be costly at first, but keeping trained hourly employees will eventually add more profit to the bottom line.