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Give your staff the tools they need to make your business successful!
Digital food safety solutions are on the rise. Give your staff the tools they need to make your business successful, and don't worry about staff turnover.
Employee management is one big headache for the restaurant industry. High staff turnover is a natural occurrence, creating a never-ending cycle of recruitment, retraining, and loss of institutional memory when veteran employees leave.
According to the saying, employees are expendable, but the bottom line shows that losing them burns a hole into your profits.
In a restaurant environment, the staff is naturally the weakest link regarding food safety and quality control. They work on the front lines and require training on food safety standards, restaurant hygiene, and individual work processes.
Modern technology can help fight these issues in a way and overcome the barrier to safe food handling, as well as take care of instructing new employees.
To Do: Check your Checklists!
Running a food business always comes with complex food safety and other regulations you and your staff must adhere to. This tends to create mountains of paperwork that needs to be filled out every day and archived to prove compliance.
The first approach to food safety should be spending time with your checklists. They are the tool to drive up our business’ productivity and let you be more efficient and more effective in your efforts for success. They need regular reviews to prioritize the most important tasks.
Usually, this is done by filling out paper checklists, maybe using some kind of spreadsheet, or even transferring the handwritten notes manually into Excel to generate compliance reports for relevant authorities.
Just typing this makes us feel bad for the pen-and-paper warriors who still have to do these tasks manually.
Thankfully, we have reached a point where digital solutions are readily available. We offer services to integrate these checklists into a complete digital solution – making recording and monitoring tasks or other compliance-relevant data a foolproof breeze.
Alchemy System’s 2020 Global Food Safety Training Survey showed that 67% of the respondent employees don’t adhere to their food safety programs, only 37% of the companies utilize technology for food safety, and 75% don’t document on-the-floor behavior for evaluation.
Let’s take a look at how to change that.
Success in the Palm of your Hand
Digital food safety and quality management solutions puts tasks, corrective actions, and general instructions in the palm of your staff’s hands. At the same time, you manage everything through a central dashboard in the cloud.
This way, you can automate specific processes and streamline the rest of them – freeing up valuable time throughout the ranks of your employees and helping to focus on other important, revenue-generating tasks.
One step is to remove the human component by automating temperature and other measurements with sensors that report their data directly to the cloud. This can include fridges, freezers, hot-holding, and other equipment or storage areas.
Whatever you are measuring manually now can probably be done with a sensor. You will never have to worry about missing equipment breaking down again with automatic alarms.
The most significant step is switching your task and compliance management from paper to digital solutions. It allows for extensive task management for every one of your employees and locations separately.
Create tasks based on your checklists, create instructions, and include corrective actions in case of deviations or non-compliance. Having this information always available via an app on their mobile device enables your staff to work independently from an early stage of their employment.
Keeping the instructions and tasks up to date ensures everyone follows the most effective way of doing things. And you can keep the gathered knowledge within the business, even when a seasoned employee leaves.
During a busy day at the restaurant, your employees might not be that attentive to following proper food safety processes: they may forget to wash their hands, disinfect certain areas or misread a temperature during a check.
Mistakes stemming from human error or inadequate training can get costly quickly.
With a digital solution, you can provide the necessary tools for success and leave nothing to chance.
Sensire, always on your side
Your staff is vital to improving food safety and overall compliance. Our digital food safety and quality management solution can help you with modern technology to support your staff’s role.
And that includes much more than giving your staff a mobile device with an app.
You will be able to analyze all the collected and aggregated data from all sensors, checklists, tasks, and locations centrally in our cloud dashboard. Ideally, you’ll find more efficient ways of handling specific processes to save time and money and deliver a better customer experience.
But you might also find issues within your processes that need correction.
You can replicate and distribute all the information and solutions to your staff with the click of a button.
Additionally, you can do all recordkeeping, reporting, and auditing digitally in the cloud dashboard – compliance has never been easier.