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Have you noticed a serious decline in the number of high quality foodservice job applicants? Where did they go?
And yet, you have employees. Most are probably good. Since you can't do much about population shifts and increased competition, I think it's more productive to focus on how you can keep your existing employees.
The best place to start is with the basics, like communication. The 1998 Industry of Choice Report told us that the #1 frustration of foodservice (actually, that's ex- foodservice) employees is a lack of communication. So start communicating!
Knowledge is power, and a Pre-Shift Briefing is the perfect way to communicate with your team and give them the knowledge they need to be successful. And successful teams get results. Successful teams stay together. Successful teams have good morale. Tips will be higher, sales will increase, and everyone will be happier, including your customers.
Most operators have a quickie meeting before each shift to go over the specials and/or 86'ed items. Not exactly an inspirational "let's win one for the Gipper" pre-game huddle. An effective Pre-Shift Briefing takes it further, incorporating two-way communication, role plays, suggestive selling scripts, and accountability.