How To Get Your Chefs To Love You This Month

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This month is all about love- with Valentine’s Day taking place in just a few days time..

Therefore we thought that it would be fitting for us to give you some top tips on how you can get your Chefs to love you this month-

1. Communicate
Employees often get annoyed by Managers who are only ever seen in the kitchen when they are barking orders or telling staff off. Communication is key- build a rapport with your Chefs, offering them support from time to time, even though they will most likely decline it!

2. Encourage Breaks
Most Chefs will battle through a long and tiring shift without taking a single break. A lot of Managers are fine 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.

3. Let Them Have Fun
We know that work is important and should be taken seriously, however, it’s good to encourage your Chefs to have fun whilst they are at work. 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- for example by letting them play music and create some fun competitions that they can take part in. Taking time out of work to go on Team Days with your kitchen crew can also be beneficial- doing a team activity to build relationships.

4. Hear What They Think
Chefs like to be involved with decisions that are made in the business- it makes them feel appreciated and valued when Managers actually listen to their suggestions on how improvements can be made.

5. Reward Longevity
If a Chef has been an employee of your company for a long period of time and has mastered their role, why not give them a raise every so often? This may seem like a lot of money at first, however, it will be cheaper than finding a new Chef, training them, and getting them settled in to your restaurant.

6. Set Reachable Targets
If you set targets for your Chefs at your restaurant, make sure that they are reachable targets. A lot of employers set unrealistic targets for their employees, who 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.

If you bare all of these things in mind when managing your Chefs, then they should be well and truly on the way to loving you as their Manager!