Office workers come to the rescue during the Formula 1 weekend

Labor shortages prompted office workers at a hotel and restaurant group to help their field colleagues for the very busy Grand Prix weekend.

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“We want to help them and show them that we support them and that we are a team, even if we have different positions and are based at the head office,” explains Stéphane Letellier, talent acquisition consultant at Gray Collection, which includes Jacopo and the Auberge du Vieux-Port among its hotels and restaurants.

This initiative comes from the employees of the group and not from the management. With the tourist rush expected for the Grand Prix weekend, sales and HR staff wondered how they could help their local colleagues.

Stéphane Letellier, consultant at Gray Collection

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Stéphane Letellier, consultant at Gray Collection

They quickly decided it would be best to join them in the heat of the moment.

Dishwasher, waiter, hostess, help in the household: office workers occupy different positions depending on their experience and desire.

Some, like Stéphane Letellier, former restaurant manager, already have experience that can be put to good use.

“I think the reception from colleagues will be very good and will allow us to work a little on the team spirit, our culture,” he explains.

Others who have never worked in a kitchen or dining room are trained to adhere to health and safety standards.

Positions to be filled

“We will take on all possible volunteers, we are aware that we would not otherwise have these people [sur le terrain] ‘ says Stephane Letellier.

“The management of our operations will assign us positions so that we can be useful this weekend,” explains HR manager Claudia Drozdoski.

So far, seven employees have responded. There are currently between 70 and 100 vacancies at Gray Collection facilities.

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