Worker shortage affecting one local business in Ottumwa

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 7:48 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Business owners all over the U.S. are having a hard time finding people willing to work. The issue of staff shortages has now made its way into Ottumwa.

Lisa Morgan, owner of Godfrey’s Ale House says she’s had trouble trying to hire staff for a while now.

“It’s been tough trying to recruit people I’d say for the last six months,” she says.

She believes government incentives may be playing a role in the issue.

“I absolutely think the shortage of staff has come due to the government incentives that have been provided to people to not work basically,” says Morgan.

Only being short two workers, she says her staff has had to make a few adjustments to the way they operate.

“We have had to close our kitchen a couple of hours early each night to account for the kitchen shortage and then the front of the house, I’ve got several gals that are working double shifts,” she says.

She continues to say, “We appreciate them and they are such hard workers, but we could use a couple more to just give them a break”.

If you are interested in contacting Lisa Morgan to fill a position she says to visit Godfrey’s Ale House FaceBook page or walk in to fill out an application.

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