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Employee burnout in the restaurant industry has reached a tipping point. Here’s how some Atlantans are creating a better workplace.
From hostile customers to grueling hours to low wages, restaurant work has always been challenging. Those in the industry face high rates of anxiety and depression, as well as higher reported rates of substance use disorder than workers in other professions. In an industry beset with burnout, restaurant workers are paying more attention to their mental health. Their bosses are, too.
On a stroll through Oakland Cemetery, Robby Astrove rubs a bush and notes that it’s sage. Around the corner, he notices lemon thyme growing among the plots; we stop for a taste with the city as a backdrop. There’s food everywhere, he says.
Mix and shake these drinks at home to bid adieu to 2020—and to toast the bartenders we’ve sorely missed.
Restaurant and bar workers need to de-stress. A bartender created community garden to help with that.
With the hospitality industry in a state of emergency as a result of COVID-19 and her job behind the bar at Bon Ton on hold, Keyatta Mincey-Parker is turning to the best source of hope and solace she knows: nature.