15 Best Ideas For Streamlining Your Restaurant Operations

Posted by ShiftNote on December 27, 2017

In today's restaurant operations, time is money. The best tools can save you both. Consider this the ultimate list of restaurant “hacks” – time-saving and cost-cutting resources that can bring a new level of efficiency to your operation.

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Topics: Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

TIPS: How to Increase Restaurant Sales and Profits

Posted by Matt Thompson on December 8, 2017

There is a number of ways how to increase restaurant sales, yet the profit-generating strategy many restaurant owners or leaders overlook is training. Everything comes down to teaching your staff how to succeed in your restaurant with excellent customer service, product knowledge, selling

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7 Easy Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

Posted by Matt Thompson on October 3, 2017

Do you know what the root of a business’ problem is 90% of the time?

It’s employee turnover.

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Topics: Employee Scheduling, Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

6 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Efficiency

Posted by Matt Thompson on September 12, 2017

 

In manufacturing, a more efficient business means a safer environment, increased productivity, and potentially larger profits. Here are six ways to increase efficiency at your manufacturing business -- and see lasting results.

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5 Ways to Create More Employee Engagement in the Workplace

Posted by Larry Struckman on August 30, 2017

Have you heard of the fable of the chicken and the pig?

When cooking a dish made of ham and eggs, the pig provides the ham -- which requires his sacrifice. The chicken provides the eggs, which are not difficult to produce. Thus the pig is really committed

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Topics: Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

The Ultimate Restaurant Training Sales Growth Guide (Part 2)

Posted by Larry Struckman on July 12, 2017

If you’ve read our previous posts The Ultimate Guide Part 1, you probably know that sales is the one thing that fixes everything.  Part 2 of this guide focuses on how to grow your sales and the strategies behind selling that are easy to master.

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The Ultimate Restaurant Training Sales Growth Guide (Part 1)

Posted by Larry Struckman on June 28, 2017

If you’ve read our previous posts from ShiftNote, you probably know that we are the go-to for all things restaurant management. Whether it’s maintaining an efficient staff, recruiting the right team, implementing an effective system for managing shifts, innovating

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How To Hire The Right Business Operations Manager

Posted by Matt Thompson on June 6, 2017

Hiring the right business operations manager can make or break a business, particularly in the hospitality industry.

Common duties for a business operations manager are wide ranging and multifaceted. Business operations manager duties

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Topics: Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

Social Selling: How To Make More Money With Your Customers By Catering To Their Personalities

Posted by Larry Struckman on May 30, 2017

In the front lines of a restaurant, your #1 focus is your customer and creating a memorable dining experience for them at your establishment. You have the ability to create deeper, even more memorable experiences if you understand who your customer is as a person, and how they are best communicated to. Mastering this "Art Of Hospitality" will ultimately get them to buy more from you

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Managing Employees With Accountability In The Workplace

Posted by Larry Struckman on May 9, 2017

Management is not an easy task. Each management style has its own pros and cons, but each employee also has their own preferred way of being managed. Often this can create issues in communication when managing employees and having

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Topics: Shift Management

5 Profitable Tips For A Successful Mother's Day

Posted by Matt Thompson on May 2, 2017

Mother’s Day was first celebrated in America in 1908, and it was commercialized soon after with cards, gifts and taking Mom out to eat. Though the spirit of this holiday is to honor our Mothers and Grandmothers alike for their selfless sacrifices and unconditional

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Does Your Restaurant Have A Slow Sales Problem or Symptom?

Posted by Matt Thompson on April 25, 2017

Here is the deal - often restaurants blame problems they are having on slow sales without looking at the reason behind the dip in profit. Some restaurant owners even resolve themselves to believing that their restaurant just has an ongoing sales problem, blaming the

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Topics: sales, Shift Management

Improve Shift Planning Through Restaurant Staff Training

Posted by Matt Thompson on April 18, 2017

Training is one of the most important things you can do as a restaurant manager to make your team more successful, therefore seeing more sales. Many managers have their initial training programs and only hold team meetings sporadically to continue

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Topics: Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

The Importance of Passion in the Workplace

Posted by Larry Struckman on April 11, 2017

Employees are the backbone of any business, but particularly in the hospitality industry. Well-trained, passionate employees can make or break your business. Unlike hard skills, like how to use a POS system, soft skills like passion cannot be taught.

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Topics: Shift Management

How Forecasting and Big Data is Powerful for Your Hospitality Business

Posted by Jordan Thaeler on March 21, 2017

It should come as no surprise that labor is an integral part of hospitality. After all, the only thing keeping a prospective customer from ordering online from any number of competitors is the hospitality your employees can convey. Which makes it all the

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7 Ways On How To Deal With Drunk Customers

Posted by Larry Struckman on March 7, 2017

Restaurants and bars are mainstays for having a good time, especially during holidays like St. Patrick's Day. You may know St. Patrick's Day is one of the biggest "Party Holidays" of the year, aside from New Year's Eve.

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Topics: Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

8-Hour Shift Schedules: Pros, Cons, and Opportunities for Your Business

Posted by Larry Struckman on February 7, 2017

Are you operating a nearly non-stop business? This is quite the undertaking -- demanding excellent leadership, foresight, and planning from management, as well as commitment, dedication, and flexibility

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5 Things Hospitality Management Can Do To Drive Innovation

Posted by Larry Struckman on January 31, 2017

We’ve all watched the show “Restaurant Impossible”. In case you’ve missed it, the show is centered on celebrity chef Robert Irvine who helps restore failing American restaurants. He assess the problems within the targeted restaurant, then creates a plan to bring the

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Topics: Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

Your Wait Staff is your Sales Team: Reward Performance!

Posted by Matt Thompson on January 24, 2017

Your wait staff is an integral part of your restaurant’s success. This goes beyond managing tables and providing excellent customer service, although those two actions are vital to leaving a positive lasting impression on your patrons. Your wait staff also acts as your

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Topics: employee games, Employee Scheduling, Industry News, sales team, Shift Management, Tips & Ideas, wait staff sales

Improving Sales Performance - Be Kind and Get Paid

Posted by Matt Thompson on January 17, 2017

 There are many things you can do to help in improving sales performance for your restaurant. You can try the age old tactics of offering happy hour drinks and appetizers during slower times. You can invest in marketing or restaurant and menu redesign. You can

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How to Change Organizational Behavior in Your Workplace

Posted by Larry Struckman on December 26, 2016

What is the key to business success? Is it having a great product? Controlling your expenses? Profit and loss management? Scheduling the right people at the right time? While your products and/or services matter, the real key to success – in any industry –

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Topics: Employee Scheduling, Featured, Shift Management, Support, Tips & Ideas

Staff Scheduling for the Holidays

Posted by Matt Thompson on December 13, 2016

For restaurants, the holidays are your best marketing opportunity. The focus during the holiday season for your restaurant is, of course, capturing sales. You may think this is cut and dry marketing, but your employees are the biggest part of growing your sales during the season. When you

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The Importance of Sales Forecasting Methods

Posted by Matt Thompson on December 1, 2016

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could have a crystal ball into your restaurant's future to see the sales that will come in? Think of all the planning you could accomplish - you would know how much staff to schedule, how much inventory to have in stock, and what you

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Scheduling Secrets Revealed - 5 Secrets to Success

Posted by Matt Thompson on October 4, 2016

Losing focus on different parts of your establishment is easy when you are busy with managerial duties. It may seem easier to quickly fill out a schedule last minute and send it out to employees without doing much research on staffing needs or employee availability, but

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Birds of a Feather - 4 Restaurant Recruitment Strategies

Posted by Matt Thompson on September 13, 2016

The perception of indifference from employees is the number one reason why a person will never do business with a company again. In a restaurant where a customer spends all of their time interacting with employees, this impression can make or break your business.

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Building a Sales Driven Culture

Posted by Matt Thompson on June 16, 2016

One of the most difficult industries to work in is the restaurant world. From the precise timing of ingredient quantity purchases to keeping the customer experience strong with superior service, managing a restaurant requires a well-oiled machine approach. A fundamental way

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Topics: Employee Scheduling, Shift Management, Tips & Ideas

3 tips for Working With a Skeleton Crew During Spring Break Requests Off

Posted by Matt Thompson on March 2, 2016

It’s that time of year again for college students and other 20 year olds to flock to the beach for a spring break getaway. While the vacation of partying and letting loose is a blast for your younger wait staff, dealing with a skeleton crew during the popular spring break period can quickly

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Dealing with Minimum Wage Increases

Posted by Matt Thompson on February 24, 2016

Small business owners have a lot of challenges to overcome. In the recent years, healthcare changes have thrown many small businesses for a loop, causing them to set aside more cash flow to pay for the expense. Now minimum wage increases are the next big challenge that

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Get Your Shift Together: How Miscommunication Is Killing Your Restaurant's Profits

Posted by Matt Thompson on January 7, 2016

Great communication is the cornerstone of any successful business, especially for restaurants. With that many employees and shifts moving through the restaurant, communication often falls through the cracks. Yet shift-to-shift communication is an incredibly valuable key to success.

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Achieve World Class Communication, Like the World Champion Kansas City Royals

Posted by Matt Thompson on November 8, 2015

ShiftNote’s headquarters are located in the Kansas City metro, so you can imagine how insane the home office has been with the Royals winning the World Series! The Royals win is changing how baseball is played and a lot of that is due to the outstanding communication the team has.

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