Welcome to the ICON, Inc. blog. Today’s post addresses restaurant scheduling best practices. We have helped many restaurant owners improve and simplify their employee scheduling with TimeSimplicity, the leading scheduling system for the hospitality industry.
Extend Your Scheduling Forecast
If you make schedules available two weeks or more in advance, it demonstrates to your staff that you care about their lives outside of work. The more notice you give, the easier it is for them to arrange childcare, schedule appointments, or take care of other responsibilities. It doesn’t cost you anything, but it goes a long way to inspire a committed staff. Even it some tweaking needs to be done after a schedule is designed, you can have most shifts in place, especially if you have some associates with a set schedule.
Predictive scheduling laws are gaining momentum and may affect you sometime in the near future. If you have these procedures already in place before you are obligated legally, you will have a competitive advantage. Besides, it makes good business sense to create a supportive work environment where employees are valued and respected.
Cross-Train for Increased Schedule Flexibility
When you hire a new employee, be clear about the fact that servers have to bus tables once in a while and prep cooks have to sling dishes. The entry-level team members will be eager to expand their abilities and your employees will be better able to respond to varying customer levels on the fly.
If you hire competent employees, why does it matter if they trade shifts? Many restaurant owners who have loosened up shift trade policies have seen an increase in accountability because their workers don’t want to give up the privilege. When hiring staff, find out what shifts they want to work and how many hours they want to work per week. This sounds like an obvious issue, but you would be surprised at how many business owners miss these important questions and then are frustrated when all of their employees want the same shifts. When analyzing competing potential hires with similar qualifications, schedule preferences could be a deciding factor.
Create Rules for Schedulers
If you are not the only one who makes schedules, develop rules for any supervisors or team leads who share the task. Use job codes to keep track of each employee’s skills and certifications and make sure you update them when necessary. Don’t assume the other schedule makers have the institutional knowledge you’ve acquired. Preserve beneficial information about schedule-making and other processes that have been refined over time.
Use TimeSimplicity for Scheduling Best Practices
If you are serious about adopting these methods, you need TimeSimplicity, the most powerful Workforce Management system for the hospitality industry. TimeSimplicity has dedicated tools that simplify restaurant employee scheduling. Call ICON, Inc. today for a demo.
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