Yoga classes, therapy and 401(k)s: Businesses beef up benefits to attract workers

August 13, 2021
By Grace Gedye

The plea went out on Instagram: Cultura Comida y Bebida was short-staffed. The Carmel restaurant could no longer offer its Oaxacan-inspired lunch and might have to cut one evening of dinner service if it wasn’t able to hire more kitchen staff within the week. So, the owners opened up a referral bonus program to the entire community. Anyone who introduced them to someone they eventually hired would receive a $200 gift card. The new employee would, too.

“Literally if one more person leaves,” Sarah Kabat-Marcy, one of the restaurant’s managing partners, said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do.”