Report: How Do Food Service Workers Feel About Their Jobs in 2024?

by | Jan 28, 2024


In our latest survey, KURU Footwear takes a deep dive into restaurant workers’ mental and physical health.

The restaurant industry took a hit when COVID-19 first swept the nation, and we’re still learning how these effects have played out in a post-pandemic world. But just how are restaurant workers feeling now—four years later?

As a follow up to our 2023 Restaurant Worker Survey, we wanted to take a closer look at restaurant workers’ job satisfaction trends—from their emotional well being to the prevalence of work-related injuries to which factors matter most for job fulfillment.

Why this study? At KURU Footwear, we care about foot health and how it impacts people’s daily lives. Those who work long hours on their feet on hard floors (think restaurant workers) are particularly at risk for foot pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis and foot-related injuries. As we continue our mission to eliminate foot pain, we work to stay on top of industry trends that affect our customers. Chefs and servers—this one’s for you!

So just how do restaurant workers feel about their jobs in 2024?


Chart depicting various restaurant industry insights.

About KURU Footwear

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At KURU, we’re on a mission to help you Heel Better™ with footwear technology designed to relieve foot pain, so you can live a life you love. Since launching our innovative technology in 2008, we’ve received more than 31,000 five-star reviews from thousands of customers who tell us their KURU shoes helped them with conditions (such as plantar fasciitis) and got them back to doing what they love.