The traditional pen-and-paper schedule method can, in some cases, impede the trust between restaurant managers and employees. Imagine being an employee looking to request time off, going into your manager’s office to check the calendar on the wall and seeing that someone has crossed out your name for a shift. You’re liable to blame your manager for lack of oversight.
With scheduling software, everyone — managers and employees alike — has access to the same schedule. The software can also be configured to prevent shifts from being “stolen” from employees by their colleagues. Having access to live updates to employee schedules improves transparency between managers and their staff, improving overall restaurant efficiency and employee retention. Better yet, managers can leverage scheduling software functionality to push real-time notifications to employees about schedule changes or other management-related updates.
Scheduling software is a crucial element to more effectively utilizing your restaurant workforce. It offers increased control over labor costs, improved mobility, greater employee autonomy and more transparency between employees and managers — and those are just some of the many benefits.
Technology is no longer “the future” — it’s very much a big part of the present. By embracing the efficiencies technology can provide, restaurants are sure to run a more cost-effective, revenue-capturing business.