Since Joe Biden took office, the economy has worsened, inflation is high, and real wages are down. Biden may tout low inflation numbers, but when actual indicators like labor participation are factored in, it is clear that America’s economy is in the toilet. Times have been especially tight for the gig economy and service industry.
Many liberal states have aggressively pushed for higher minimum wages for fast-food jobs, often resulting in layoffs and store closures. With less disposable income, the gig economy and service industry have been negatively impacted by the woeful economy. Not only are employees suffering, but so are customers.
However, not all of America is suffering from Joe Biden’s bad economy. Specifically, the Red States are thriving. Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, and others thrive with bustling economies and exploding populations. In one red state, employees at a popular beach location are once again being treated to a very special incentive.
Georgia has thrived despite Biden, and vacation spots along the Gulf have exploded since the pandemic. One Georgia restaurant recently made headlines when the owners decided to make a costly decision and take care of their employees in the stead. The results have been good publicity for the restaurant and a well-deserved break for its hard-working staff.
The family-owned Pier 16 restaurant in Tybee Island is open seven days a week, and ownership hasn’t let their hard work and dedication go unrewarded. In fact, when the owners of the establishment decided to take a vacation, they decided to take everyone with them.
Natalia Navon owns the hangout with her husband, and she said: “Right now, if I’m going on a vacation I would feel like my employees would want to take a vacation too.” That may be a sweet sentiment, but it would be wholly unrealistic to shut the restaurant down and pay for the staff to go, but that is exactly what they did.
This isn’t the first time the benevolent owners have treated their staff to a vacation, but for Matthew Rodriguez, it was just a legend until he found himself on a cruise ship in Mexico. He said: “When I first started, it was only a story I heard and next thing you know, I was in Mexico with these guys. It was amazing.” there are approximately 20 employees, and even the newer ones like Rodrigues were included in the festivities.
Joseph Runfola has attended three vacations with the company and said this: “The first trip I went to Vegas with them. I had never been out of the South… The second year we went to the Bahamas. This year we went to Mexico. It was amazing,” Runfola told the outlet. “This trip we got to learn a lot about each other … It’s one house … We are a big old family.”
Besides a relaxing vacation, employees also gain a sense of family, which provides a better work environment. It is no wonder Pier 16 restaurant is so successful. The owners have cracked the code and fostered an atmosphere encouraging employees to take ownership. It is a success story that much larger companies would be well advised to copy.
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