Treating staff as cost centres wastes their potential for your business
What’s new in Tanda: April 2019
Every organisation needs to adapt and evolve alongside rapid changes in technology, customer attitudes, and the competition. It’s easier to do that if staff have buy-in to your business goals. And we know from plenty of case studies that treating employees like your best customer turns staff into your greatest brand advocates.
‘Treating your employees like your best customers turns them into your greatest brand advocates’
This month, we released 7 brand-new features to help you build partnership with your staff, and be on your way to lower turnover rate, increased revenue, and higher profitability.
1. Protect your employees’ privacy by choosing which managers can see costs
Cost is a sensitive topic in a lot of workplaces. Some managers are averse to others seeing their pay information, especially if it’s not relevant to their jobs. You can now restrict costs information to managers of your choice, ensuring privacy and avoiding potential conflict.
This feature only works if ‘Allow managers to see staff costs’ is turned off. After doing this, you can go to the staff profiles to give individual permission.
2. It’s now easier to ensure leave requests have accurate hours
On opening an existing leave request, you can now edit hours so they match part-time staff work hours. This means it’s quicker to achieve accurate leave hours in rosters and timesheets, and correctly pay staff in the process. If you need more help, here’s a detailed doc on how it works. This is phase one of building fully automatic leave.
3. Custom Permissions: Have more control on who’s in control
Decide which roles can approve leave requests, add time clocks, or add or remove employees. For example, staff with team manager permissions can typically create rosters and add employees. But for some organisations, hiring is left to a general manager. Custom permissions allows you to customise Tanda and reflect how your organisation works.
Where to find it. Head to general settings. Choose who can add/remove employees on the general tab, who can approve leave requests on the time off tab, and who can add time clocks under the clock-in/out tab.
4. Stay on top of rostering issues as they happen with Key Alerts
Make sure employees are following rostered times without getting stuck on the back office computer. Key Alerts lets you know through the mobile app if an employee is late to clock-in or clock-out; did not clock their break; or is at risk of overtime. It gives you information only when there’s something to be done. We won’t alert you of staff who are following rostered times and breaks.
5. Create up to a month’s worth of rosters on one page
When we launched Roster Overview a month ago, you were able to view shifts up to a month in advance. Now, you can view, create and edit shifts like you would in the typical weekly roster view. This is useful to those who manage big teams, multiple teams, or prefer to look ahead in terms of scheduling.
6. Find out why some staff are working outside their roster
If you want to know why staff have clocked-in early (or late), clocked-out late, or why they clocked-in at all, you’d have to go to the individual to clarify. But now, you can create your own questions and set it to show up during the above situations. Learn more about how to use it on our help page.
7. In a rush? Clock them in now, onboard later.
If you need staff starting ASAP, you can add them straight through Time Clock. All you need is their name and email. They’ll receive their unique 4-digit passcode and can clock-in straight away. Read more.
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Employee Scheduling |
Not sure how to set your shift schedule? Just follow your customer
I have never met a restaurateur that enjoys doing their weekly staff schedule. It is quite a juggling act, taking into consideration that each employee does specific tasks during different times of the day. So what is the best way to schedule staff shifts? How can you set it up that everybody gets the most out of everyone’s time? I was just at National Restaurant Show in Chicago, where Tanda was one of the exhibitors. It was quite an insightful four days, roaming around the show floor discovering the latest trends in the restaurant industry. At the same time, I got to chat with industry veterans that have been in the industry literally for 50 years. One of them shared with me this easy-to-implement method of shift scheduling. He simply put: your shift schedule should follow your customer. According to him, the best way to properly schedule your shifts is by charting your customer touch points from the moment they enter the restaurant down to when they leave the establishment. This customer-focused approach resonated with me as it aligned with my beliefs on how a company’s staffing levels should be in sync with their customer service structure. Who’s First? Who’s Next? Who’s Last? The people who should clock in first are the first people your customers see. They are the hosts, greeters, or maître ds. They are the ones responsible for greeting people at the door, taking and holding reservations, and guiding them to their table. So they should start ahead of the pack. Once customers are seated, that’s the time servers come in to take their order. This means that they should be the ones who clock in next. People generally take 15 minutes to get seated and order. By this time, you will definitely want your kitchen staff already at their stations, ready to cook and deliver each dish for service. Tables generally turn over within an hour these days. That means your dish washers have to start working an hour and 15 minutes after your first guest enters the restaurant. Now, service is over and guests are departing the establishment. So you may start sending your servers home an hour after your last guest sits down. Using data from your point of sale (POS), Tanda helps you visualize your customers’ flow through your restaurant. This enables you to match your staffing schedule accordingly.
Industry Insights US |
Ensure Enough Coverage for Your Restaurant at Any Given Time
Traffic at a restaurant ebbs and flows with the times. One moment you’ll only have a handful of patrons, the next an avalanche of customers are queuing at the entrance, waiting to be served. From being overstaffed at a certain time period, suddenly your servers are juggling multiple tables while tickets are lining up like crazy at the kitchen. How do you effectively plan your coverage so that you get the most out of the staff that you have? Forecast Sales and Traffic First things first, of course, is that you have to effectively forecast your restaurant’s sales and traffic at any given day. It might not be an exact science, but Bplans has an in-depth article that can guide you in creating a clear sales forecast. In summary, the article advises that you calculate the number of meals your restaurant can serve based on the number of tables and seats. Multiply those meals based on the amount of service at any given time (in their example, it’s one service during lunchtime and two services for dinnertime). Then vary it based on assumptions per day or week (maybe less on Mondays and more on the weekends). And finally, line it up in a spreadsheet. Determine Your FTEs, Make Sure That You Have 2 FTEs more In Any Given Shift So, you have a good sales projection available. Now, it’s time to review your staffing and check if you have enough of everyone for any given shift. It all boils down to the FTEs. FTE stands for “full-time equivalent,” or the number of hours a full-time employee can render in a week. According to this article from TheRestaurantExpert.com, back-of-house employees have 40 hours in one FTE. Those on the front-of-house, on the other hand, have five shifts in one FTE. The same article deep dives on ensuring that your restaurant has enough people through FTEs. Long story short: they recommend to always have two FTEs more than your forecast dictates so that you have enough people covering the restaurant. With that as a rule-of-thumb, you can be creative with your staffing. Cross-train staff so that they can do more than one task. Have bartenders also learn how to cook simple dishes or have new servers also cover bussing or washing dishes. Craft Your Schedule Once everything is set, it’s time for you to make the weekly schedule. Make this task quicker for you by leveraging online scheduling software that replaces the old-school way of using whiteboards or Excel spreadsheets. Take into consideration your staff’s leave request vis-à-vis your traffic. Remember to send the weekly shift schedule to your staff at least two weeks in advance so that your team is well in the know when they have to clock in. Whether you’re a start-up restaurateur or a veteran with a dozen restaurants under your belt, ensuring coverage can make you have sleepless nights. But with a proper plan that you consistently execute and fine-tune, your customers are guaranteed enjoy great service any time of the day.
Product Updates US |
Tanda Time Clock Now Available for the Desktop
We at Tanda are pleased to announce that our time clock application is now available to download for Windows and macOS devices. Starting today, employees can have the same experience they’ve always enjoyed with the tablet version of our employee time clock, but now on the desktop. It accurately records employee attendance and compares it with the weekly schedule. It also updates the timesheets automatically to the cloud and stores it offline when the device is not connected. And if the computer has a webcam installed, it can also take a selfie of the employee when they clock in and out just like the mobile app! Employees can clock in and out in their respective desktop workstations instead of going to wherever the tablet is located. It can also be a backup option if and when your office’s main Tanda Time Clock is unavailable. Remote employees can also use the Tanda Time Clock for the Desktop to clock in and out using their own computers. Existing users can click here to find out how to download the Tanda Time Clock for Desktop. Are you a new user? Signup for free here to use Tanda to track time and attendance for your business, and so much more.