4 Ways to Improve the Well-being of Your Restaurant Staff

well-being in the work place

Posted: Mar. 11, 2019

If your staff is crabby and unmotivated, it’s time to make some changes at your restaurant.

Well-being is a word that’s often associated with massage treatments and yoga retreats, but in the professional space, the concept is still fairly new, and in some circles, considered a revolutionary change of pace from the usual grind.

What is well-being in the workplace? From large corporations to start-ups, companies are finding that employees want more from their jobs than just a paycheck. Happiness and fulfillment are new, additional requirements. The “movement” has led human resources departments across the country to explore the question and experiment with new ways to improve the well-being of their employees.

One of the reasons owners and CEOs are investing in well-being practices is the significant evidence that links increased employee productivity to their well-being. When employees’ needs are met in this way, they are more inspired, creative, proactive, and effective in their jobs; even fewer sick days are taken. Considering this, the new proverb for the era could be a happy employee, a happy life.

Still, the question of what does well-being mean in the workplace? needs answering. There is no single perfect answer. Every company has its own style of improving the well-being of its employees. For Google, that means having tons of candy around the office, serving free lunches, offering free cooking classes, and hiring massage therapists. For TotalWellness, that means letting employees exercise at work at the on-site gym or at complimentary fitness classes.

At your restaurant, choose ways to improve the well-being of your employees that fit your company model and that match their needs. See our five ideas below.

Create a Study Room

It’s well-known that students make up a sizeable chunk of the restaurant workforce. If this is the case at your restaurant or café, show your staff that you recognize their personal life and create a quiet space for them to study during breaks. Having a designated area will remove part of their anxiety when preparing for exams and in turn, help them to focus more on the job.

If your team isn’t made up of students, the better fit would be creating a nice break room. Add a splash of color (green reduces stress and blue focuses the mind) and bring the outdoors indoors with some bright plants. Giving employees a nice space to decompress ensures that they come back refreshed for the second part of their shift.

Show Your Staff How to Stay Fit on Shift

Working out becomes a low priority when you’re on your feet all day, and a lack of exercise can lead to health issues. Help your staff avoid problems with their health by sharing these 10 exercises you can do on shift when you work in a restaurant:

  1. Lengthen your torso
  2. Knee-to-elbow twists
  3. Lean ‘n lift side crunch
  4. The leaning plank.
  5. Keep the abs flexed
  6. Arabesque leg lifts
  7. Squeeze the glutes
  8. Pliés
  9. Stretching
  10. Arm swings

Exercise and fitness are key to improving one’s well-being. It’s not about losing weight; it just feels good to be stronger and fitter.

Serve Healthy Food and Drinks

Wake up staff brains and bodies with healthy meal options, a juice bar, free fruit, nuts, or other wholesome snacks. It’s not uncommon for employees to pour a coke and eat the free bread basket. Once a week isn’t an issue, but in the long term, your employees will feel bad about this type of diet and start to resent their job. By offering healthy meals, drinks, and snack choices, you keep your employees feeling confident and alert.

Motivate Your Restaurant Staff the Right Way

Competitions can work periodically; for the long-term, employees respond best to:

  • A leader that sets a great example
  • A calming breakroom
  • A positive work culture
  • Longevity bonuses
  • Compliments

Motivate your restaurant staff in ways that boost their self-confidence and in time, you’ll see a huge difference in productivity. 

It’s not all about them! Managers need self-care too, when is the last time you took a vacation? (It’s proven to make you a better boss.)

 

 

 

Posted: Mar. 11, 2019 | Written By: Hilary Wainwright

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