Platform connects workers to hospitality businesses facing shortages

Some hospitality companies that struggle to cover shifts while their staff are isolated are filling the gap with an employee sharing website.

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An Aucklander has created a platform where staff can raise their hands for additional shifts in similar roles at other sites.

Hospo Hours founder Marino Mariner said around 100 people have offered to help so far.

He said they ranged from current hospitality workers to former hospitality workers, as well as people willing to give it a try.

“We had a lot of people signing up with all levels of experience. But then we had more and more people signing up like, ‘I want to help the community’ or ‘I’d like to get out from home because I work from home in my corporate role, and a bit of coffee work would be fun,” he said.

Mariner, a former hospitality worker, said he came up with the idea after seeing “all these Facebook posts from local cafes and restaurants” in his area that were having staffing issues.

He said he had some spare time, so he decided to try to create a short-term solution that would be faster, free and more flexible than a temp agency or recruitment agency.

“It seemed to me that there was an urgent need for help, and having gone through recruitment agencies in the past, there is a bit of a process to go through,” he said.

However, Mariner said at least one person had held a full-time position at the company she was helping.

He said sites have responded positively.

“It was just an idea to help with the limited knowledge I had…there’s been loads of good feedback from the sites,” he said.

“To be able to see that they were quite happy, that was really cool.”