Running a restaurant has never been easy, but the modern world presents all sorts of new challenges. Today’s foodie can dine at a food truck, order restaurant meals from a ride-sharing company, or select from any number of new restaurants opening up all the time, where quality chefs experiment with old traditions or invent new ones.
Thankfully, the modern world also offers restaurants new technology to help them operate more effectively and efficiently: restaurant scheduling software. Read on to learn more about how it works.
Better Schedules, Faster
Employee scheduling software lets you make schedules for your restaurant online in up to 80% less time than it would otherwise take, which is good enough to reduce labor costs by as much as 3%. Historically, labor costs are a restaurant’s greatest expense, so lowering this by any amount can really impact your business.
Plus, the schedules this software produces combines automation with easy to submit manual inputs, so the schedules it creates are actually better. Your employees will love how easy it is to create schedules this responsive and flexible.
Reducing operating expenses and staff headaches is a win-win that will help keep your restaurant in the black.
Like a lot of today’s technology, employee scheduling software facilitates modern communication that is specifically designed to save employees time. When schedules need to be adjusted on the fly, the software makes it simple.
For example, if a restaurant manager needs to find a replacement for a shift in an emergency, they can message only the employees on that team in a group chat, and whoever is available can notify everyone else right away. Importantly, everyone will know the manager needs to reach them, because they’ll receive an email notification on their phone.
This way, the problem is solved before it has time to snowball into a crisis. On the flip side, if a manager needs to simply relay some information to a specific team — say, perhaps, details about a new lunch special — they can send a one-way message to everyone on that team, so they get the essential info right away.
Because nobody can respond to it, employees won’t need to waste time wading through needless replies that may actually prevent them from seeing the initial message.
Control Labor Costs
Employee scheduling software has a modern time-clock which sophisticated features to let restaurants only pay employees for the time they were scheduled to work. This time-clock can prevent early punch-ins, and can sign out employees who forgot to do so themselves after a certain amount of time after their shift.
Restaurants have always been a difficult business to run, and it’s a good thing that modern challenges are offset by modern technology offering tools for success. With the ability to create better schedules in much less time, keep connected efficiently, and tightly control labor costs, employee scheduling software is the technology that restaurateurs across North America are turning to for major results.