Waitrainer+ Blog

These Are the Psychological Effects of Owning a Restaurant

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Michelle Locke

It’s no secret that owning a restaurant is stressful.

But as we write about employee morale, our CEO, Todd Edman, kept mentioning the same point: being an entrepreneur, starting and running your own business, is no walk in the park. And when it comes to ensuring employee morale is high, that everyone in your restaurant has support, it can be difficult when ...
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Does Improved Employee Morale Reduce Turnover in Restaurants?

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Michelle Locke

Turnover is a constant concern of restaurant owners and managers everywhere. As we’ve written before, turnover in restaurants is expensive: the cost to advertise a job, interview, and hire a new employee, plus the on-boarding training… A 2012 study for the Center for American Progress showed that it costs one-fifth of an employee’s pay to replace that employee ...
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Do Your Employees Need Mental Health Training?

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Michelle Locke

When it comes to training in your restaurant, it sometimes easy to overlook the issues that may affect your employees, such as time management, healthcare, and, of course, mental health. But with our focus on employee morale this week, we wanted to write about the need to provide mental health training to your employees.

We posted last week about why chefs and ...
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10 Issues That Affect Employee Morale

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Michelle Locke

June is employee morale month. Today, we wanted to tackle some common issues that affect employee morale.

When it comes to employee morale within your restaurant, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s causing morale to remain low. Issues can be extremely personal: it could be a specific procedure in your restaurant that just isn’t working, ...
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3 Common Employee Issues & How to Fix Them in Your Restaurant

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Michelle Locke

This is the question we often ask restaurants when they contact us for training help: what’s the number one employee issue in your restaurant?

Training, for us, revolves around improving interpersonal relationships within the restaurant, strengthening culture, and reducing the amount of time owners spend micromanaging. So when it comes to issues that affect ...
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Why Your Chefs Need Access to Support

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Michelle Locke

In the Waitrainer+ offices lately, we’ve been talking a lot about the issues that affect restaurants and their employees. Our CEO, Todd Edman, brought up the rate of depression among restaurant employees. After we did a little research as a group, we found that the CDC ranks the restaurant industry as one profession most likely to experience depression; around 10% of restaurant ...
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Is It Time for a Training Detox?

Posted on May 30, 2017 by Michelle Locke

In the month of June, we will be focusing on the needs of restaurant workers and issues that affect them most.

One thing we are passionate about at Waitrainer+ is improving the lives of all restaurant workers: from bussers to business owners, we want to decrease stress, increase morale, and help restaurants succeed.

The most successful restaurants ...
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Simplify Your Training This Summer: Blog Post Round Up

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Michelle Locke

For the past month, we’ve been sharing blog posts on how to get your restaurant up and running, how to implement the right training this summer, and what exactly you need to know about turnover. With summer rapidly approaching, we want to help all restaurant owners, operators, and managers get their training in order so they can have a better season. Simplified training ...
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Employee Turnover & Your Restaurant

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Michelle Locke

Employee turnover in restaurants is a highly debated topic. In researching this blog post, we encountered multiple myths about what employee turnover in restaurants is like. Just like the restaurant failure rate (which is not as high as the often quoted 90% failure rate), the employee turnover rate in restaurants is actually lower than most people suspect.

We decided ...
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5 Restaurant & Food Industry Twitter Accounts to Follow

Posted on May 17, 2017 by Michelle Locke

Social media can be difficult to navigate, even for those up-to-date on all the technology out there. However, it can also be a great resource for all businesses, as well as restaurants. Following the right people is paramount to narrowing down the noise and chatter and getting news, updates, and information that is relevant to you and your restaurant.

We narrowed ...
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