13 Tips to Better Manage Your Restaurant
A successful restaurant starts with its leadership. As a restaurant owner or manager, you need to be constantly giving thought to how you can better manage your restaurant. Here are 13 tips to make sure that your restaurant’s management is in top shape.
1. Hire the right employees:
Your staff, from the servers and bartenders to hosts/hostesses, chefs and dishwashers all play an integral role in your restaurant. So who you hire is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.
2. Keep inventory and food waste under control:
To prevent food waste, keep accurate reporting of your inventory on a regular basis and implement a waste log to pay close attention to food that is going to waste.
3. Make smart buying and ordering decisions:
Plan ahead to make smarter buying and ordering decisions. Rely on data to get a good handle on your best-selling menu items, seasonal buying trends and other information to make smarter buying decisions.
4. Lead by example:
Set a good example for your employees. Conduct yourself as you would expect your staff to conduct themselves on the job. Lead by example and your employees will likely follow in your footsteps.
5. Be visible:
To be an effective manager, you need to be present in your restaurant. Make yourself available and accessible whenever possible.
6. Create a positive work environment:
Negative energy is a drag. Make your restaurant a fun and positive place to work by coordinating fun employee events and contests, and in general, keeping the energy level upbeat.
7. Discipline and be consistent:
Put into place the same policies for everyone to follow. Avoid favoritism and discipline consistently.
8. Keep your personal problems away from the workplace:
There’s no room for personal drama in your restaurant. If you’re having a bad day, take a step away for 15 minutes to regroup. Keep it away from your employees and customers.
9. Invest in yourself:
Always strive to be a better manager by making an investment in your own professional development.
10. Invest in staff training and reward systems:
Make sure your employees are equipped with the training, knowledge, tools and support systems they need to do their jobs well. In the restaurant industry which is fraught with high turnover, you’ll have to work even harder to train and motivate your employees. But making the investment in your people will definitely pay off.
11. Show that you care about your employees:
Be approachable to your employees and show that you care about them by taking the time to get to know them individually and stay in tune with how they are feeling.
12. Take a break once in a while:
The restaurant industry is stressful. Avoid burning out by taking a break once in a while. Schedule your time off in advance so that you make it a priority.
13. Ask for help when you need it:
You are only one person. Don’t be afraid to relinquish control of some of your responsibilities and rely on others for help.
Managing a restaurant is a big job, so hopefully these tips will make your job a bit easier.