Restaurant Staff Training and Health

Your restaurant or foodservice business cannot function if you don’t know how to train your restaurant staff and keep them healthy. Total Food Service’s industry experts advise on the latest Restaurant Staff Training and Health news including employee training tips, team building techniques, therapies, and more.

Bone Fracture or Bruise?

You’re in the shower, the soap and hot water running down over you and you’re thinking about your day in the kitchen. Suddenly, you slip just a little, but enough to whack your elbow or knee on the shower wall and ouch!  You either fractured your bone or given yourself a bone bruise.  What is the difference and what do you do now?

The Potential Health Risks of Being a Chef

Chefs at every level of the industry face injuries and health problems due to the nature of their work. These issues range from problems caused by the job itself – such as back pain and arthritis – to problems caused by the unavoidable lifestyle that comes with being a chef. A professional kitchen is an incredibly stressful environment in which to work and it is not surprising that many chefs suffer illnesses as a result of the long hours they spend in their kitchens.

There Are Powerful Health Benefits Inherent In Drinking Vinegar

Vinegar has a marvelous history in health tonics of all types. A Shrub is a concoction of at least 3 ingredients, with vinegar being the key component...

Memorizing Food Orders: The Pros and Cons

As a server who’s afraid of forgetting the simplest little things, I am constantly writing everything down. My fear with memorizing food orders is that I’ll carelessly make a mistake and forget to order a glass of wine or order a steak well done instead of medium-well...

8 Tips On How to Train a New Waiter/Waitress

There’s a certain sense of pride you should have if your boss has assigned you to train a new waiter or new waitress. It means...

Physical Therapy for Metro New York’s Chef’s Aches & Pains

This means it’s easy to injure yourself in the kitchen. Physical therapist Karena Wu specializes in treating Chefs. From Wylie Dufresne to (WD-50 & Top Chef, Iron Chef) to Seamus Mullen (Tertulia & Chopped judge) Karena has treated Chefs for conditions like arthritis and general wear and tear from the life of a Chef.

Pressure Cooking: Mental Health & the Professional Chef

Carpal tunnel syndrome, 'chef's foot' and a plethora of back problems: this is just a small selection of physical health issues affecting professional chefs, thanks to hours spent on their feet and the requirement to frequently lift heavy objects. In addition to the physical strains of the job come mental strains as well. Some of the most common health problems experienced in the industry affect mental health rather than physical health, (although the two are often related).

Identifying & Mitigating Prevalent Restaurant Industry Risks

Risk management can help you run your business more profitably and effectively by identifying and minimizing restaurant industry risks. An effective risk management strategy enables you to proactively prepare for potential losses, provide a safe environment for your employees and customers...
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Does Your Restaurant Have “WOW” Factor?

When I was starting my first restaurant so many years ago, I made it clear...

F.A.C.E.S. Run Your Restaurant!

When I ran high-volume restaurants for 20 years, the acronym F.A.C.E.S. served as our team...
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8 Great Things To Tell Your Staff Today

Given that the restaurant business is a performance, your guest experience is ultimately determined by...
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Are Your Customers Peeved?

When I ran restaurants, I approached service from the customers point of view.  That is...
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Is The Service In Your Restaurant Paramount?

After more than twenty years in the restaurant business, I am really biased about service –...
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Restaurant Exit Strategies: Can You Walk Away?

I just returned from an idyllic few weeks on the Island of Eleuthera in the...
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The “True” Meaning of A Hospitality Approach

When I receive exemplary service in a restaurant, it's not only unexpected, but absolutely astounding… I...
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Is Your Restaurant Running You?

Many owners and managers are working 6 or 7 days a week, opening early and closing late. Their restaurants are running them and not the other way around.
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Restaurant Staff Training Session: $100 + 20 Minutes

After 20 years of running successful restaurants, I know that the absolute cornerstone of my guest experience...
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Is Your Restaurant On Fire?

All puns aside, I mean is your restaurant really rocking? Your place is "on fire"...
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Does Your Full-Serve Restaurant Have A Fast Food Approach?

As restaurateurs, you dine out frequently and when you do I assume you have a...
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When Your Food or Ambiance Overshadows Your Service

I’ve always believed the three most important attributes of any successful restaurant are Food, Service...
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Top 6 Mistakes Servers Are Making

If you run restaurants, there are always the daily fires to put out, but nothing...
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6 Systems To Use To Avoid Failure

Many restaurants fail because they simply failed to plan. How do you avoid failure — small...
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The One Thing You Must Learn To Survive a Minimum Wage Increase

Because you cannot overcome a minimum wage increase with labor cuts alone! Let me start off...
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5 Fatal — Yet Avoidable — Service Errors

Here are the five service errors I have identified to be extremely harmful to independent...
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Measure Restaurant Sales To Determine Labor Needs

Creating the schedule in a restaurant is like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle....
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Arthritis, In the Kitchen?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a systemic inflammatory chronic condition.  It can vary between individuals and is characterized by inflammation of the body as a whole, and always affects the joints.
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Four Steps To Setting Standards In Your Restaurant

How do you go about setting standards and make sure they are being met? How do you ensure the process is working? How do you do all that without running shifts and micromanaging your management team?
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Make Yourself A Priority

Independent restaurant owners tend to be the nicest, most generous people on the planet (even...

Managers Need a Strong Foundation

Being a restaurant manager can be a difficult job. It can be 100 times harder...
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Celebrity Chef Job Hazards

We always go into a profession looking to succeed and get to the top. The...
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Buzzword: Retention (Of Your Staff)

Article contributed by Mike Hewitt, Founder of One Haus and Farm To Turntable There is a...
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Top 3 Changes To Lower Labor Costs

Labor is a major area where restaurants can bleed profitability. Why? When the clock goes...
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What Point Of Sale System Should You Get?

The one question I get asked over and over again I give presentations, seminars and workshops...
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Comps Are A Great Tool, As Long As The Staff Isn’t Giving Away The Shop

Taking care of our guests is very personal. How personal? Think about this: when is...
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7 Steps to Effective Manager Meetings

Do you have manager meetings? I’m not talking about the passing-in-the-hall quick conversations, but actual sit-down meetings where you focus on moving the business forward? If you are having sit-down meetings, are they effective?
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Customer Experience Trends: 13 Starting Points

Innovation that lets firms reach out and touch their customers is moving at warp speed,...
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Food Temperature Violations: Using Time As A Control

Temperature is a critical violation that is taken seriously by inspectors. Proper temperature is a big deal for good reason. Food that is out of temperature can result in a “B” grade, render food unsafe to eat and lead to closure.
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The Dirty Secrets That Could Be Lurking in Your Ice Machine

In this article, we’ll share five different creatures and toxins that could be lurking in your ice machine, and how you can prevent them from causing problems. 
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Restaurant Lessons From Your Favorite “Pro” Team

It's no secret that training takes time, discipline and most of all follow-through. You need a game plan, an attentive and willing staff and regular exercises that keep everyone on top of their game.
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7 Ways to Spice Up Your Food Safety Training Program

When training is engaging, entertaining, and memorable, it significantly lowers the risk that your restaurant will be the next foodborne illness headline in the national news. You can breathe new life into your food safety program that makes training more impactful with these seven tips.
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Understanding Sexual Harassment In The Restaurant Workplace

Frankly, sexual harassment has always been an issue in the restaurant industry. The dominant headlines are not a surprise to most of you.  But what will they actually mean within the workplace?
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Get Your Team To Care About Food Safety

These recent foodborne illness incidents are 100% preventable, and could be avoided if food businesses adopted a food safety culture. Have you?
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Industry Operators: It’s Time To Recalibrate Your Sexual Harassment Training

Food operators large or small: business training and accountability are the key. Small businesses can consult a Human Resources Professional to assist or even conduct harassment training for you.
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