Löwen landlady gave employees two months vacation
“I even received a few applications”
Joëlle Apter gives her 20 employees two months vacation. And with full pay. The reactions to her somewhat unconventional working time model have been consistently positive.
The Löwen inn in Hausen am Albis will close for two months.
Gastro entrepreneur Joëlle Apter (46) gives her employees two months vacation – with full wages. In January and February she closes her Restaurant Löwen in Hausen am Albis ZH. “Working for us is exhausting, I want to give the team a break,” says the managing director and owner. Your 20 permanent employees will receive full wages during the two-month break. A noble train that is obviously well received.
The Blick article triggered many reactions. “I’ve received consistently positive feedback,” says Apter happily. “I’m pleased and also a little surprised at the great response to the lion,” she says.
Nevertheless, she remains modest, as she writes on Facebook: “There are many catering establishments in Switzerland that value their employees and are committed to a humane and sustainable corporate culture. All of these restaurants should be included in the article.”
“I’m not looking for any employees”
The model with two months of company holidays in winter is also apparently well received by potential employees. “I even received a few applications!” says the landlady. But she emphasizes: “I’m not looking for any new employees at the moment.”
It is the first time that the Löwen has closed for the winter and sent the employees on paid vacation. This symbolizes the change in the world of work: employees are no longer willing to work until they drop. The shortage of skilled workers plays into their hands: companies depend on staff, not the other way around.
No fire drill
The paid company holidays are not a fire brigade exercise to attract new staff. Rather, they would fit into an appreciative corporate culture. Apter is convinced: “Word will get around.” (pbe)