When it comes to restaurants, the food makes your customers feel good but it’s the customer service that makes them feel special. Good customer service can make customers feel like VIPs, and who doesn’t like VIP treatment? Well-trained staff not only enhances the overall dining experience but also increases customer satisfaction and loyalty. Many customers come for the food but come back for the feeling. Good customer service also keeps the positive reviews and recommendations rolling and before you know it, everyone’s eating at your restaurant. Here are five essential aspects to train your respective restaurant staff on.
We’ve said it before, your food might be great but really it’s your staff that brings that five star experience. Train your staff to prioritize customer satisfaction always. Teach them effective communication skills, teach them to listen, and how to make guests feel welcome. A friendly and attentive staff can turn a simple meal into a memorable experience that keeps customers coming back.
Your staff should know about the food you serve. Teach them well about the menu, things like the ingredients in each meal, the preparation methods, and potential allergens contained in them. This not only brings an air of professionalism and distinction but also enables them to guide customers in making informed choices, provide recommendations, and address any dietary concerns or restrictions. Customers are bound to ask questions about the menu and certain items so it is important to have your staff prepared.
In a restaurant setting, time is of the essence. Food takes time to cook but when even other things are dragged, customers can feel frustrated. To maximize time, train your staff to handle tasks efficiently, from taking orders promptly to delivering food and processing payments on time. Nobody wants to eat where everything takes forever. It absolutely ruins the dining experience.
You’ll not always get nice customers, some will be loud, brash and maybe even insulting. But with a staff that can handle them, your restaurant will look top-notch. You need to train your staff with the skills to handle customer complaints and conflicts professionally and courteously. Teach them emotional intelligence and never to be rude to customers.
Teamwork in a restaurant is impressive. When your team serves like a well-oiled machine, it takes the dining experience to a higher level. You need to foster a sense of teamwork among your staff, help them maintain a good relationship, encourage collaboration and effective communication and teach them to support each other.
Avery Restaurant Consulting can help restaurants train their staff and offer new teaching techniques. To learn more, just contact us today!