How restaurants are prioritizing the mental health of employees

Restaurants are where people go to decompress, enjoy themselves, and get a break from the stress of home cooking—but it comes at a high price for the staff tasked with keeping diners happy. According to one study, 74 percent of chefs are chronically sleep-deprived, 63 percent are chronically depressed, and more than half feel pushed to the breaking point; another found that restaurant workers have the highest rate of illicit drug use of any industry. Eater takes a look at the methods restaurants are using to improve staff well-being, from an anonymous comment box that allows kitchen employees to give a daily indication of their mood, to a program that allows workers to trade in shift drinks for perks like yoga and spa treatments.

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