"You have to coach them and tell them this is your job, this is not the street.”
National fast-food chains are increasingly relying on senior citizens to do jobs that were once typically filled by teenagers.
Big food chains are on the lookout for workers above the age of 50 to take shifts as dish washers, cooks and cashiers. Trying to lure their new target demographic, eateries like McDonald's and Bob Evans have started recruiting at churches and senior centers, and buying ads on websites of advocacy groups for seniors, Bloomberg reported Monday.
According to Bloomberg, the chains are finding that senior citizens posses valuable "soft skills --
But another change has been taking place in the past decade: More senior citizens have started looking for jobs -- some to ease the drone of retirement, others to supplement a meager pension.
“It’s fun for a while, not getting up, not having to punch a clock, not having to get out of bed and grind every day.
“A lot of times with the younger kids now, they can be very disrespectful,” he told Bloomberg. “So you have to coach them and tell them this is your job, this is not the street.”
The US Bureau of Statistics projects that this trend will continue. The participation of workers aged 65-74 in fast food chains is expected grow 4.5 percent by 2024 (over a decade), while the participation of workers aged 16 to 24 is expected to go down by 1.4 percent.
More broadly: A sharp decline in workforce participation has also been marked among Millennial (aged 25-35) men, according to Bloomberg.
This is assumed to be the impact of the 2008 financial downturn which shook the global market just as many Millennials were leaving high school and college and beginning to enter the workforce. The struggle to obtain a job and start saving money in the years immediately after the collapse has stunted the professional lives of many Millennials.