Residential and Hospitality Services, or RHS, are now asking non-RHS faculty members to volunteer in the campus dining halls due to a continuing staff shortage.
“In order to mitigate these shortages, we have altered dining operations and 132 full-time RHS administrative team members have been asked to work eight hours in dining halls each week,” an email from InsideMSU said. “That said, our residential dining halls could use your help.”
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RHS Chief Communications Officer Kat Cooper said this is a fully voluntary request, and nobody will be obligated to work. Those who volunteer will not receive pay or any other monetary benefits.
“We do appreciate those who are able to (volunteer),” Cooper said.
The RHS staff shortage has already cut dinner services at two dining halls, and modified hours at all facilities.
Despite this, Cooper said the department is slowly making progress towards pre-pandemic levels of staffing. According to Cooper, the culinary staff is only about 50 employees short in a given night, compared to the 90 student deficit earlier in the year.
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