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How to create a training program for your restaurant (that works)

Posted by Andrew Carlson on Jan 23, 2018 8:23:00 AM

Growing up in the restaurant industry, you learn that not all restaurants are created equal. There are different concepts, various positions and each restaurant has their own version of what training means to them.

When I first started working in restaurants, I was given a manual and the trainer never opened it once. The person who trained me wasn’t even certified. She was just someone that the manager instructed and said to me, “Andrew is going to shadow you for the day” and she looked at me, looked at the manager, back at me and said, “Don’t get in my way”.  

With a giant *gulp*, I shadowed her and simply watched as she worked - for the whole eight hours. When it was my turn to be a server, I was making mistakes left and right. My manager pulled me aside and asked why I was making these simple mistakes. I told them that’s what I observed, and that's what was being shown to me.

Although I didn’t know it at the time, that was my first lesson in creating a training program.

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Topics: HR for hospitality venues, Hospitality training, Tips for owners

How to conduct staff performance reviews

Posted by Doug Radkey on Dec 6, 2017 8:41:00 AM

It takes happy, engaged employees to create memorable guest experiences. To do this requires leadership, culture, and accountability. This in turn will develop a cycle of improved revenue, loyal customers, and a decrease in employee turnover.

One of the many methods used to create culture and accountability, is that of performance evaluations. This type of evaluation is extremely helpful to track an employee’s step-by-step development and is highly beneficial; for the employee,  restaurant owner, operator, or manager.

Staff evaluations highlight areas the employee may be excelling at and areas that are in need of improvement. It also provides an opportunity to develop performance based rewards, which is an excellent way to reduce employee turnover costs and keep employees engaged in their day-to-day tasks.

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Topics: HR for hospitality venues, Tips for hospitality managers

5 signs you need more on-the-job training

Posted by Chloe Papas on Nov 27, 2017 9:46:25 AM

The nature of the hospitality industry can mean that you are thrown into a role with short notice or minimal training, and expected to learn new skills and processes on the job. This particularly applies to front of house workers; waiters, floor staff, and bar staff.

For venues that have a high or seasonal turnover of staff, (that employ numerous casual workers or that are hiring you to replace someone who left unexpectedly), there simply might not be time to offer you much training when you begin your role. Beyond an initial induction and instructions, it can be difficult to access comprehensive training from busy venue owners and managers.

We have put together a few signs to look out for if you’re concerned you might need more on-the-job training, and some ideas on how to access it.

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Topics: Hospitality operations, HR for hospitality venues, Hospitality training

Quiz: What kind of training is right for your restaurant?

Posted by Emily Tatti on Nov 24, 2017 8:15:00 AM

So you’ve decided you need a formal training program in your restaurant. That’s fantastic! This will improve your employees’ performance, turn your managers into better leaders, and boost your staff retention.

Now it’s up to you to decide – what kind of program is right for you?

It all depends on the size of your venue, the needs of your staff, and the outcomes you’re hoping to achieve. This quiz has been designed to help you answer all of those questions. By the end, you should have insight into the kind of training that is best for your venue.

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Topics: HR for hospitality venues, Hospitality training

What to do on a new employee's first day

Posted by Ivana Rnjak on Nov 21, 2017 10:58:59 AM

Starting any new job is a daunting experience, but it can be particularly challenging in the hospitality industry. There isn't much room for error in a fast-paced and customer-focused work environment. 

A new employee’s first day in a hospitality venue is usually a trial by fire situation. They are expected to jump straight into the role – serving customers, making coffees, prepping ingredients, cooking meals, mixing cocktails...

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Topics: HR for hospitality venues, Tips for hospitality managers, Hospitality training

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