Helping your staff to live better

We all know how hard it is to work in kitchens, and we all remember being at the bottom of the totem pole. When you are in the trenches, even the little things make a huge difference. Here are some ideas for making the lives of your crew that much better!

  1. Get them drinking water. This is big. Not only is it a great way to have more energy, feel better, and boost your immune system, but it’s a perfect gate way to bigger changes. Once someone feels the difference that water can make, they may be more open to taking bigger steps!

  2. 86 free soda. If you have a crew who spends all shift drinking soda, that shit ends now. It’s just sugar, chemicals, and caffeine. This is not the way to set people up for success. Try soda water with lemon!

  3. Get people outside. Whether it’s making them take a break, putting racks out in the sun to be cleaned, or buying a screen door so that the back door can stay open, fresh air does wonders for people.

  4. Get info about local services that could help people and keep them on hand. This could be things like: NAMI for mental health issues, local substance abuse help and meetings, free or low cost lawyers or tax advice. Does anyone in your kitchen make minimum wage? They probably qualify for some kind of food assistance, or assistance with paying for energy bills or buying firewood. Do some research, and be an advocate. Even a small about of government assistance could make a huge difference in the quality of someone’s life. It’s amazing how many people don’t realize that they qualify.

  5. Be available to listen. I know that people’s problems are the last thing that you want to deal with on a busy day, but taking the time to pull someone aside if they are looking upset or sad makes all the difference.

  6. Switch up your playlist. Music in the kitchen is awesome, but the selection can make or break the energy in the room. If you want calm, happy, motivated staff, put on something that fits the bill. It may seem like an uncool choice, but some oldies or funk can get people in a much better mindset then rap or death metal. No one is going to speak up when the music is bringing them down, so take the lead and get the day off to a good start.

  7. This time of year, we are all thinking holidays! If you have a tight budget and need a few ideas for making your staff know how much you appreciate them, I have a great list. Click below and I’ll send it right over!

Laura Mcwilliams