One of the easiest ways a restaurant can get the best out of its employees is by installing restaurant schedule software. This program generates shift plans, which are rarely revised, if at all. Therefore, employees are never under stress. It also ensures that the restaurant has required personnel to serve the guests at all times. Restaurants require personnel for different types of activities, and they need to operate almost throughout the day.
It is necessary to ensure that resources of the restaurants, including its personnel and professionals, are utilized optimally so that the restaurant does not go into red. Any lapses in services may result in a show down, which not only wastes the time of the personnel, but also makes others aware of such lapses. Such news travels fast, so restaurants choose to use part timers during peak hours.
An optimal combination of part timers and full time employees needs to be achieved so that personnel costs are lower, and yet services of restaurant are beyond reproach. Cleaning of restaurants is done in the nights or in the mornings, so having a full-fledged housekeeping force in the evening hours can prove to be rather expensive for the restaurant.
Restaurant schedule planning is done keeping all such factors in mind. Schedules generated by software programs are superior almost in every respect, and these can become a basis for defining manpower requirement at the restaurant.
Most of such scheduling software programs allow users to make manual alterations, if necessary. Manual generation of schedules with such alterations can be a real headache for the restaurant manager because he or she would need to rework the schedule for the remaining number of days.
Labor laws restrict the number of hours that an employee can be made to work in each week, and dictate the wage rate that needs to be paid for any overtime. They also specify the holidays. Making an employee work in two consecutive shifts is asking for trouble, because the employee may be too tired to do a good job. Software programs generated employee schedules take into account such factors. Scheduling of personnel has come a long way since manual prints were distributed each week. At times, some mistakes were noticed in such planning, and it would be followed by frantic calls to employees.