Turnover And Retention Rates for QSR Businesses

In our previous article, we discussed employee retention rate by industry and looked at which industries have the best and worst employee retention rates. In this article, we take a closer look at the restaurant industry, which has a notoriously high turnover rate and low retention rate.


Fast food restaurants, along with fast-casual restaurants, make up a segment of the restaurant industry known as quick service restaurants (QSR). Though the QSR industry is fast-growing, staffing issues abound.


What does turnover and recruiting look like in the QSR industry?

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An Instant Pay Technology Myth – Payroll Will Never Sign Off On This

In July 2018, DailyPay co-founder Rob Law shared 5 Myths About Instant Pay Technology with HR.com.

In that article Rob debunks many common misconceptions about instant payments, like, “instant payment is just like a payday loan” (it’s not), “My employees are fine with weekly pay” (they’re not), or “Access to instant payments encourages poor spending habits” (they don’t).

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What we learned at CCW Executive Exchange: How to turn an ASA cycle from vicious to virtuous

DailyPay Recap from CCW Executive Exchange 2018At the 2018 Contact Center Week (CCW) Executive Exchange, the topic of average speed of answer (ASA) seemed to be top of mind for a lot of attendees. It was certainly a topic that came up during the roundtable discussion we moderated, which included:

  • Weslee Berke, Director of Customer Service for BOXED;
  • Michelle Hendrix, Director of Customer Engagement, Cafepress;
  • Rhonda Hughes, Director, Commercial Services Business Planning at Biogen;
  • Michael Tremblay, Director, Customer Relations for Air Canada; and
  • Donald Hicks, Vice President of User Services at Twitter.

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6 Surprising Strategies That Will Help Your Employee Recruitment

Recruiting can go awry in many different ways.

Poor recruiting can mean hiring the wrong candidate. Worse, it can mean not finding a pool of candidates at all.


Without having candidates to pick from you will continue to waste money on job boards, job fairs or other typical outlets which haven’t worked for you in the past. And, by hiring the wrong employee, you will continue to lose money on attrition and lost productivity.

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Comparing Weekly and Bi-Weekly Pay for Employees and Employers

Payroll schedules need to toe the line between appeasing employees and doing what’s right for your company’s bottom line.

The more frequent payroll occurs at your organization, the more strain you place on your operations team. Higher frequency payroll is also more expensive to maintain. Less frequency with payroll interferes with employee happiness, which can cost a significant amount in lost productivity and engagement over the long run.

(READ MORE: 5 Tips to Cut Payroll Costs)

So, what’s the right balance? How do weekly and bi-weekly pay schedules compare from an employer and employee perspective?

The pros and cons of a weekly pay schedule

Pro: Builds trust with employees and improves morale

Are you looking for a way to improve employee morale? Paying them more often might be the incentive to improve attendance rates and increase productivity. Employees in industries with lower pay or hourly wages especially value weekly if finances are tight.  

Con: Expensive for businesses

Weekly checks are not financially smart for small businesses. According to NFIB, individual deposit fees range from about $1.50 to $1.90 per deposit, on average. If you are a mid or large-sized business, then these fees add up quickly. The more often you cut checks or process payments, the more often you’ll pay these fees.

Pro: Flows better with hourly pay structure

Hourly employees may have inconsistent weekly work schedules, which can include overtime. Weekly pay matches this inconsistent flow of work. If an employee works overtime one week and less than full time the next, then weekly payroll ensures that the company pays the employee that valuable overtime faster.

Con: Time-consuming for businesses

Payroll administration needs to account for more than just the weekly payments provided to employees. Payroll also includes the following:

  • Wage garnishments
  • Pay raises and pay cuts
  • Sick pay
  • Paid time off
  • Taxes
  • Other compensation-related issues

It’s time-consuming to track all of these items down. The more often you pay your employees, the more time you are neglecting other necessary administrative duties. 

Pro: It’s easy to get into a payroll flow

With weekly payroll, you can be more organized. There is no confusion for when time cards need to be in or when payroll needs to be completed. You simply choose a particular day of the week and stick with it week in and week out. This goes a long way to ensure that the task is completed, without any deviation.

The pros and cons of a bi-weekly pay schedule

Pro: Saves time

Paying employees bi-weekly instead of weekly requires an employer to process payroll only once every two weeks which reduces time spent on payroll processing and the likelihood of payroll errors, which can be equally time-consuming.

Bi-Weekly payroll may also make updating payroll records more convenient for human resources.  

Con: Your employees are paid less frequently

Payroll is closely associated with the morale of a workplace. Everyone likes when money hits their account. The more often employees feel the fruits of his or her labor, the higher morale may be. Paying employees more often, like daily or weekly, may also help alleviate financial burdens that employers may not be aware of. 

Pro: Simplifies Reconciliation

A weekly payroll means employees might not get around to cashing paper checks in a timely manner which provides more opportunity for outstanding checks. In fact, tracking live checks can be a burden for human resources.

A more frequent payroll can also make it more difficult to account for taxes. If payroll distributes taxes over a longer period – say bi-weekly as opposed to weekly – then the possibility of paying the IRS for mistakes lowers.

Pro: Saves money

If you use a payroll vendor, it’s likely they charge each time payroll runs. If you have dozens of employees on weekly schedules, these fees can add up. Depending on the amount of employees that are subscribed to direct deposit, the cost of paper checks could significantly lower with monthly pay vs. weekly pay.

So, what is the happy medium?

As you can see, there is a divide. Bi-Weekly is more convenient for employers because of costs and time associated with payroll.  And, weekly pay tends to be more beneficial for employees who want their money as soon as they earn it.

But what if a company could offer bi-weekly pay, and still allow their employees to be paid as often as they’d like?

Consider opting to use a platform—like what DailyPay offers—that connects to your timekeeping system and allows your employees to be paid whenever they want, without having to change your payroll frequency.

Or, create a strategy that addresses your employees’ concerns. If you haven’t, it might be time to survey your employees to see what concerns they have. While doing this, be sure to weigh your company’s options when it comes to payroll by downloading our infographic that allows you to compare weekly and bi-weekly payroll schedules side-by-side.


Four Industries That Have High Turnover Rates, and What To Do About It

Depending on what you read, or who you speak to, a healthy employee turnover rate is somewhere between 10 and 15 percent.


In some industries though, a ‘healthy’ employee turnover rate is never obtainable. In fact, sometimes turnover has to do with conditions beyond an employer’s control – certain industries are inherently subject to high turnover rates.


This means employers in these industries must work harder to engage and appreciate their staff. But which industries struggle the most with turnover? And what can you do to reduce employee turnover if you work in an industry with high turnover rates?

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