Staying Sane During the Holidays

Nov 17, 2013 | Management

No matter what Charles Dickens may have led us to believe, Scrooge was not a banker. No, he worked in the hospitality industry and Tiny Tim was at Table Four spilling his drink and fighting with his brother. Well, maybe not, but that would definitely explain why Scrooge was such a, well, Scrooge. The holiday season has its share of challenges. Here are a few tips on how to make it go a little smoother:

  • Hire a floater. You don’t need an experienced server… just a temporary worker who would like to earn a little extra money. The person doesn’t need to be fully trained or even work directly with your customers. Hire the person to go where he or she is needed, carry trays, bus the tables, fill up waters or help in the kitchen. There are all sorts of small jobs that cause big problems because no one has time to do them.
  • Schedule well. Ask if any team members would like to volunteer to be “on-call.” Then, if you get busy, the team member will come at the ring of a cell phone. Pay on-call volunteers a small amount of cash and pay them if they’re not called into work.
  • Show your gratitude. Your team is working harder than ever and many of them aren’t being compensated by tips. Make sure that each person who leaves your operation – including your team members – knows how much you value them.
  • Don’t skimp on rewards. Everyone needs rewards this time of year, and there’s no better time for sales contests. Think outside the box. Offer high-selling employees rewards such as a paid day off after the new year, cash, schedule preferences and holiday-themed items. Incorporate what you can into your restaurant teamwork strategy.


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