Why Senior Citizens Are Taking Over All The Fast Food Jobs

by | Nov 19, 2018


Why Senior Citizens Are Taking Over All The Fast Food JobsIs your teenager looking for their first job? They might want to avoid flipping burgers.

It looks like senior citizens are taking over one of the jobs most commonly held by teenagers, the fast food worker. Casual dining chains and restaurants such as Mcdonald’s and Burger King say they plan to make senior citizens their hiring focus next year.

And to recruit they plan to hit senior centers and churches as well as placing ads on the AARP website.

So why hire those sixty-five and older? Hiring managers for these companies say older workers already have worker skills, a friendly demeanor and punctuality; all things their younger counterparts sometimes lack.

Plus it’s a good deal for fast food chains. They get years of experience for the same wage they would pay someone decades younger, a benefit for an industry facing rising costs in transportation and raw material.

And it’s a pretty sweet deal for the seniors as well. Most say they are bored after retirement and looking for something to do; and in many cases they aren’t in it for the money.

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