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New Year’s Resolutions For Every Restaurant Manager

A new year is upon us and that means resolutions for us to make and hopefully commit. Whether it’s losing weight, exercising more or being better with our money, we all cling to the idea that a new year means better habits. Restaurant managers are no different as they make resolutions to run a more healthy and prosperous business. Here are two New Year’s resolutions every restaurant manager should abide:


Cut waste, not portions- Correct portions should always be a focus for a restaurant manager but cutting waste should not be overlooked. Restaurants don’t control food costs by cutting portions but rather eliminating waste. Set up a “waste bucket” in the kitchen or server’s station. Put orders that get made incorrectly or food that gets dropped on the floor into this bucket. Stress order accuracy and carefulness while challenging your staff to keep this bucket empty during each shift. A “waste bucket” is a great visual teaching tool that will help your restaurant control food costs without shorting the customer.


Make a schedule for the guests, not the bottom line- Properly scheduling staff in your restaurant is essential to growing your business. Too often restaurant managers get lulled into making a schedule based on a labor cost percentage rather than taking care of guests. A restaurant manager must schedule enough staff to run the business properly. Use your historical sales trends to create a forecast and take some of the guesswork out. Stagger in staff throughout the day and overlap labor to have staff on the clock only when you need them. Have a “take care of the talent” mindset where only the most productive staff gets the most hours. Whether you’re using a pen and paper or a restaurant scheduling software, the guests’ needs come first when creating a restaurant schedule.


Start the year right by using restaurant employee scheduling software that will help you control costs and eliminate the headache of making a schedule. ShiftZen is all-in-one restaurant employee scheduling solution that merges the staffing needs of your business with your employees' diverse needs and availability. Employees can use ShiftXChange to give or pick up shifts and managers can take advantage of features like simultaneous scheduling for multiple weeks, posting on the restaurant’s “wall” and monitoring time off. Visit for more information to start a free 30-day trial today.

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  • Ron

    12/30/2015 12:27:13 PM | Reply

    Great article, business is always higher on the holidays and you got to be ready!