December 13, 2018
May 23, 2018
Cocktail making has become a fascination, a passion and, for many, a pretty serious obsession. As a result, bartending is no longer a stopgap job, or a university rent subsidiser, it's a profession.
Bartenders are the industry professionals and it is essential they’re at the top of their game. They must be absolute experts in their arena – it’s vital they are not only highly skilled but highly trained.
August 01, 2016
The perennial issue facing all hospo businesses: finding experienced staff!
Ironically employers searching for new staff assume they’ll instantly attract an ideal candidate someone else invested in!
And there’s the problem.
In a hyper competitive world with many businesses seeking few candidates what are the chances you’ll pay way over the odds?
Pretty high huh!
Sorry to say it this inconvenient truth needs accepting to allow quickly moving to the fix: In-house staff training.
Whilst costing more to start, longer term it’s the proven way to reap rewards.
April 29, 2016
It seems the same re-occurring problem is equally faced by bars, restaurants and hotels, when the following refrain is heard:
“hey, do you know anyone, who can……..? ”
Ironically all prospective employers “assume” they’ll be able to magically find the ideal candidate, trained, experienced and ready to go!
Stepping back a bit one soon realizes that to attract a trained whatever- someone else or else’s had to roll up their sleeves and invest in the person you want!
Doesn’t it then seem then to be a little unfair or unrealistic to expect a miracle?
How about this thought: when everyone wants to “take” someone else’s staff, who’s then left to select?
Let’s be honest, most people don’t start off in hospitality with long term dreams and aspirations for a career in that industry. Most are studying or doing something else with hospo work the plan B, short term.
OK so we’re all competing for the same staff hence choices are limited, sometimes you’ll win, mostly you won’t!
Now here’s the part most people hate hearing when looking for the right staff - train, train and train some more.
Yep, it means only one thing, invest in training.
In-house programs are generally proven to attract staff creating one hopes some well-developed, staff interested and vested in your business.
Is this process going to cost you time and money – it will! Will it solve short term staff shortage problems? Probably not!. Will it pay off in the long term? Absolutely!
Well-developed staff are part and parcel of a successful business. In an industry full of wannabes, it’s worth investing in those showing potential!