Everybody needs a pat on the back, especially employees who work diligently to make your customers' dining experiences fantastic. Part of your job as an owner or manager is to keep your team motivated, so they stick around. Soliciting compliments directly from your customers is a great motivational tool to use in combination with the Spontaneous Bonuses and One-On-One's I've talked about before.
Make it easy for your customers to communicate with you. Take a simple
Want to take it a step further? Hang on to all of the cards and at the end of each month hold a drawing for a cash bonus, gift certificate to a local store, movie passes, or any other special prize. The more of the "Caught Ya!" cards an employee has received over the course of the month, the better chance he or she has of winning the prize. Conduct the drawing when as many employees as possible are present so the recognition is public.
Here's another thought, post an enlarged version of the winning card on the wall in the employee area. You could even display it up in the restaurant where guests can see, too!
Have some fun when designing the cards, but have a print shop produce them for you -- they need to look professional. Trade Secrets Members can use our version of the "Caught Ya!" card. We've created two different versions that are ready to be printed in color or photocopied. Just download them onto your computer.