5 Ways To Keep Your Chefs Happy This Xmas


A Restaurateur’s worst nightmare is having 1 of their experienced Chefs leave their job, especially during the busy festive season.

So what can you do to keep your Chefs happy this Xmas?

1. Listen To Their Ideas
Chefs like to be involved with decisions that are made in the business- it makes them feel appreciated and valued when Managers listen to their suggestions on how improvements can be made. What better way to get your Chefs involved with decision making by hearing their thoughts on what they think should be included on the Christmas menu and other festive ideas for the restaurant.

2. Offer Support During Busy Shifts
Chefs often get irritated by Managers who are only ever seen in the kitchen when they are barking orders or telling them off. December is a busy month for restaurants and your Chefs will be working flat out. Communication is key- build rapport with your Chefs and offer them support from time to time, even though they will most likely decline it! Offering to help out will gain you a lot of respect.

3. Give Them A Break
Most Chefs will battle through the long, busy and tiring Christmas shifts without taking a single break. A lot of Managers are okay with this- after all, they are getting more work out of their staff that way. However, it would be courteous of you to give the Chef the opportunity to take a short break, even if it’s just a break for them to have a quick cigarette.

4. Allow Chefs To Have Fun
Yes, work is important and should be taken seriously, however it’s good to encourage your Chefs to have fun whilst they are working over Christmas. Morale is one of the most important things to consider in the workplace. There are many ways in which you can boost morale in the kitchen, especially over the Christmas period, for example; by letting Chefs play music and create some fun competitions that they can take part in. Another idea could be to go on a Christmas Team Day out with your kitchen crew to help build relationships at your restaurant.

5. Set Reachable Targets
If you set targets for your Chefs at your restaurant during Christmas, make sure that they are reachable targets. A lot of employers set unrealistic targets for their Chefs, who will then end up getting stressed out, which affects the quality of their work and could see them getting signed off sick with stress from work. Not something you want during the busiest time of year!

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