The Joseph Richard Group (JRG) has announced its intention to provide its restaurant employees with Segways and hoverboards to use while on shift.
The motor vehicles would be made available to staff at 17 restaurants and public houses, including the Henry Public House in downtown Cloverdale and neighbouring restaurants such as the Hemingway Public House in White Rock, Townhall South Surrey and Townhall Langley.
According to a press release sent to The Reporter the day before April Fool’s Day, the drive to provide personal motor vehicles for staff is because “staff comfort has always been a core commitment of JRG,” and this is the next step to achieve that.
“Our staff walk an average of 12 km per shift,” said JRG CEO Ryan Moreno.
“We believe that by creating a more comfortable work environment for them, we will create an even better guest experience for our customers,” he said. “If we receive the necessary approvals, we will look to execute quick renovations to minimize the impact on our guests and operations.”
Staff would be trained on the proper and safe use of the vehicles, and JRG is currently reviewing the logistical issues, such as whether staff will need to wear helmets while serving guests.
Joseph Richard Group says it wants to provide front of house staff with Segways and hoverboards to use while on shift.
Gaby Woodland, assistant general manager of the Henry Public House, said that she’s excited to see what happens.
“It’s about making sure the servers are comfortable,” she said, adding that it was the next step after Premier Christy Clark’s announcement earlier this month to bring in legislation to end mandatory high heels in B.C. restaurants and workplaces.
“It’s about how we can make it a better place to work for the [servers],” she said.
JRG spokesperson Jared Harman said the company has always been looking for innovative, cutting-edge ways to improve service for employees and guests, and that this was just another way to provide a “crazy unique experience” for customers.
As for the announcement’s timing, the day before April Fool’s Day, Harman said, “It honestly didn’t cross our minds.”