By Michael Cousineau, New Hampshire Union Leader
During the “most challenging” time to find workers, Tim Baines has a secret weapon.
When the Manchester restaurant owner is short on staff at one eatery, he can tap a second one he owns for help. A business partner, Bob Scribner, who owns two other city businesses — The Wild Rover Pub & Restaurant and McGarvey’s Saloon — also shares staff.
“I’d say right now 12 to 13 people are wearing multiple hats between establishments,” said Baines, who owns Mint Bistro and co-owns Elm House of Pizza.
Having a pool of 100 workers among the four businesses is allowing the owners to consider providing more benefits, easier than if they were completely separate — and a good way to attract and retain employees.
“I do believe it would give us a competitive advantage,” Baines said.
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