Have an effective strategy for keeping your restaurant workers safe

Anti-fatigue mats can help in the kitchen.
Working in the restaurant industry makes for a fast-paced environment, but if you’re not careful it can also be a dangerous one. Being around multiple hazards in the workplace, while getting fast-paced and crammed during the particularly busy periods, restaurant employees could find themselves more susceptible to injuries if they are not careful.

According to Food Engineering Magazine, it’s important for restaurant managers to keep their employees safe and comfortable while on the job. Anti-fatigue mats can help, because they can reduce the chances of a person falling, while keeping joints comfortable despite long hours of standing. Slippery floors are one of the biggest hazards that could happen to restaurant employees, so it’s critical to make sure that you’re reducing the chances of someone falling while on the job. The news provider reports the best way to be successful in workplace safety is to look for effective ergonomic solutions.

The National Restaurant Association reports that slipping while on the job is one of the biggest risks employees face while on the job. It’s critical to make sure you have anti-fatigue mats to add traction to the workspace, ensuring your employees are safe while they’re running around in the busy kitchen.

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Robots make their way onto the restaurant scene

Will restaurants use new technology to improve processes?
Will restaurants use new technology to improve processes?

There will always be a need for humans working on the anti fatigue mats of the restaurant kitchen. However, that’s not say that the industry isn’t becoming more automated. In an effort to streamlining operations, some eateries are turning to robotic technology.

According to Motley Fool, more companies in the food service space are choosing automation systems in an effort to improve the customer experience. For example, Starbucks allows mobile users to order ahead, so workers can spend less time taking orders and more time making the drinks. Not only does this improve wait time, but it also cuts down on human error, since customers are inputting their orders directly into the system.

Robots were also a focus at the National Restaurants Association Show this past May. According to the Association’s news provider, robots are now being used in the food preparation space for tasks such as sushi making, salad orders and there are even robots serving as fry cooks. By incorporating technology into the restaurant industry, there is less room for error and also a reduced risk of worker injury while on the job.

Still, employees that will be working at the same time as the robots should be properly trained on how they operate, so they can avoid any potential accidents.

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Part-time restaurant work a growing trend

More people are looking for part-time kitchen work.
More people are looking for part-time kitchen work.

The restaurant industry employs millions of people each year, whether for seasonal help, a full-time gig or people looking to make a little extra cash. Those who walk along the rubber mats of the kitchen aren’t necessarily always looking to make the restaurant business their full-time gig however, some could just be looking for a hobby.

According to the Washington City Paper, more people want to be a part of the dining scene and pick up a little extra cash here and there. However, they have full-time jobs in the typical 9 to 5 industries, meaning that they’re looking to work the dinner rush. In cities where going out to eat has never been bigger, people are finding working the restaurant scene is a way to be a part of the action.

However, managers need to make sure they can properly train those who are using it as a part-time gig. According to Restaurant Engine, it is critical that all employees, regardless of how often they work, have the knowledge of the restaurant and are able to provide consistently good service. The news provider reports this means you’ll need to provide as much hands-on training as possible to ensure part-timers are up-to-speed.

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