The health of your customers and employees is always a priority, and now is the perfect time to enhance your establishment’s vigilance regarding best health practices as the U.S. and the rest of the world battles the coronavirus epidemic. While many customers are opting to eat in rather than dine out, you can make sure those who do as well as those who order take-out are protected from infection. At the same time, you can remind your employees how to protect themselves as well!
Take Care of Your Employees
The coronavirus health emergency is a fantastic opportunity to show your staff you care about them and are looking out for them and their families. Enhance the cleaning schedule at your restaurant, cleaning your bathrooms, kitchen, tables, and even things like door handles thoroughly at least twice as much than usual. Hold at least one staff meeting every two weeks to give your employees information about the virus. Inform them about symptoms and encourage them to stay home from work if they experience any of them. You can even offer paid leave for these days to encourage staffers to stay home rather than infect other staff. It will pay off in the long run! Offer hand sanitizer around your restaurant, and crack down on health regulations if some of the smaller requirements have slipped through the cracks. Even policies like giving employees more frequent breaks since it will boost your employees’ immune systems, making them less likely to be badly affected by the virus. Encourage sick staff to stay home to prevent spreading the infection.
Also, remind and educate your employees about their health insurance, making sure their policies are up and running if they fall ill. Make sure eligible employees are covered.
Your Restaurant’s Reputation
Messaging to customers is of paramount importance during this time when diners are particularly concerned with the cleanliness reputation of the restaurants they order food from. Publish a detailed list on your website and social media accounts of the ways you are upping your health practices to combat the spread of the virus. This can include cracking down on smoke breaks, which are a threat to health in restaurants in general, and a new and more frequent cleaning schedule.
Health violations can build up over time if a restaurant is not vigilant. With the coronavirus spreading across the globe, now is a good time to take a hard look at your restaurant’s health practices and get back in a good groove of going above and beyond just the basic codes.
Challenge: This week, gift your employees their own personal hand sanitizer and make more readily available around your kitchen and restaurant. You can even offer individual packets to customers at the door!