Restaurant Managers, whether they work in quick service restaurants, casual dining or fine dining, all have something in common. Their job is demanding and requires a lot of attention to detail, communication and data analysis. While this could all be overwhelming and seem impossible to master, the truth is that with the right tools, they can successfully lead their team and manage a profitable restaurant. Here are some highly effective tools that will make a restaurant manager’s job more successful..
Scheduling employees can take up a lot of time for managers andis often a headache to try and figure out who can work which shift, who needs to be off and try to avoid overtime.. It can be quite the puzzle to piece together, but technology has solved this problem and made it easy for managers to create schedules, duplicate them, easily adjust them. It’s also easier to keep track of everyone’s hours and managers can be alerted when someone is approaching overtime. Scheduling apps allow employees to easily trade shifts, request off and view their schedules, leaving less room for no shows or miscommunication. If keeping up with text messages, emails and sticky notes to try and create schedules leaves you confused and frustrated, you should know there is a better way! As a manager, this technology can even help you hit your labor percent goal.
Pen and paper are out! You can now integrate your POS system with your accounting and payroll software, making manager life substantially easier. Manual entry is a thing of the past, so don’t waste another second when you know there is other important business to attend to.
Reporting on the go
You can now check your reports from anywhere with a mobile reporting app. Need a quick summary of your net sales or to check your labor percentages but are out of the office? No problem! Now you can work anytime you need to without having to rush up to your computer. Knowing where your business stands is critical to its success, so having access to these reports and being able to rely on their accuracy is vital.
We covered the importance of this last week in our Inventory Management 101 blog and how you can save time and money. Imagine a world with automated vendor invoices and automated price change alerts. If your restaurant is not already utilizing this beneficial feature, it is worth looking into!
Managers have a lot to stay on top if they want to do their job well and keep the restaurant in order. Allowing technology to assist with labor scheduling, accounting & payroll, reporting and inventory is a smart way for managers to make the most of their time, while also saving their restaurant money.