It’s the weekend and I am posting this Blog article. I wouldn’t want you to get caught reading helpful information while you are on the clock. This post may be relatively short because it really is just common sense. However, so often it’s just a matter of following simple steps that shows your worth to the company you work for that you are more than just a body in a spot. The majority of the people who read the first two sentences of this post and click away are those people you may pass up for a promotion someday because you hung in there. I promise, it won’t take long.
Since it’s the weekend enjoy this example of exactly what I won’t be talking about in this post
Bloom Where You Are Planted
Bus Staff, Concessions Workers, Hosts, and Maintenance this one may ring true for you. Some may think that these are some areas in a company that you would make the least amount of impact to those who visit your establishment. I want to tell you that this is the furthest thing from the truth. While your pay rate may not be the highest it can be a stepping stone to some place you want to go. The person who learns everything there is about their job and does the best at it they possibly can will get noticed. I can’t think of the number of times I have wished as a server that there had been an effective and well engaged Host at the front. Some may think that is a very easy job – I have even heard it referred to as Monkey Work, but to be really effective there it takes skill and an ability to see the big picture to make you really great at this task. How many people would think a guy who sells Hot Dogs at a baseball game could move up in the world? Do you know how many people you brush up against in life when you do that kind of work. If you are good at what you do; opportunities will happen.
This one is going to get under your skin just a bit, and I am sorry. The person who is the most important while you are in a service oriented position is the person right in front of you. They aren’t on your cell phone, and they won’t be the server that is trying to flirt with you so you will give them more tables. The person you greet who walks through the door, or you see in the hallway when you are cleaning the room has the ability to really be an asset to you if you make them happy. A corporate praise can go a long way for you, and certainly a whole lot further than what a complaint will because they saw you smoking outside the building when the area around you is a disaster. Refer to the Manager’s frustration in the last post to understand my position.
Yes, I Can
You manager is often forced to be creative because he is in a pinch and you being willing to slide into something new is always going to work in your favor. Even if you really blow it, you were willing to try. A willingness to jump in will go a long way for you in anything you are involved in.
We didn’t have a guy to make salads on a busy night one evening and we asked a new host if he would step in. Well, that night we found out that the kid that was “filling in” was doing a better job than the guy who did it all the time. The fill in found him,self on the Expo line and now is a Server. Rob is a Diamond in the Rough. You never know what can happen.
Be On Time
I can think of so many times as a Manager that I would have really appreciated someone walking into the door that works for me when I got a sudden rush of business. It’s amazing how endearing you can become to your supervisor if you are there to bail him out. 15 minutes early is always appreciated.
The key to this one too is coming in prepared to work. In uniform and ready to clock on. A supervisor will grow tired of someone who clocks in before they put their coat away.
Smile, it’s the Best Part of Your Uniform
It’s amazing how much more what you have to say can change an impression if you smile. There are so many reasons why this is a good idea, and it’s so easy to do. Just take the opportunity and I assure you that it will make a difference in the people around you. I almost didn’t put this in because it seems so simple, but it’s essential. People like working with people who smile.
Like I said, this is a very short post and isn’t Earth shattering information.The key here is you need to do the common sense things because there are a lot of people who won’t. Keep it simple and stay true to the basics that will always be the best practice. Even if it doesn’t seem exciting, if you do your job with interest and grace it will reflect well on you at some point.
Thanks for reading!
It’s five o’clock in the afternoon, and you just got off work. You have gone to the grocery store to get the one item you needed to finish dinner. After picking up your cart you see an immense stack of Coke strategically placed like the White House, and realized you needed a case of soda because it’s been a long day and you are thirsty. Then you turn the corner and you see all of these beautiful vegetables displayed and realized that you could make a great salad with just a couple more items. Rounding another corner you see dessert peering through a little glass case at you, and of course that Angel Food cake would be great with some strawberriesand whipped cream. So, back to produce and on to the one thing you needed. Passing the meat counter you see fresh Porterhouse steaks displayed on sale, and “Shazam” you have tomorrow night’s main course. On each end cap is displayed amazing Little Debbie treats and Tortilla Chips. Turning you go over to the aisle where the salsa is located because you really wanted a different brand. Now you have four more items and you are headed for that one thing… What was it? Oh yeah! Get milk… Then that takes you past the ice cream, and then another display with sale wines. Excellent… Oh, now you see one of those “Chip Clips” hanging next to the wine. Turning around you see the new Sports Illustrated displayed on the magazine rack. Then before you get to the register you see a display of beef jerky and realize how hungry you have become. With the saltiness of the jerky you are going to want a soda in the cooler, next to the jerky, to wash that down. By the time you get through the register, the milk you came for just cost you 83.55, Does it dawn on you then that you have just been cleverly outsmarted by technical genius of a grocery store team that you thought was well below your pay grade? No, but you do remember to pick up flowers for your wife on the way out so she won’t yell at you for getting the Little Debbie’s.
As a commissioned, or tipped, employee I would like to suggest that you need to take the “grocery store” approach to the services you provide. The key to a great haircut, meal, or outfit sale is to give your guest what they want while adding nuances along the way that will enhance their experience. We want them to walk away from that occasion in time knowing this was the best opportunity ever, and that they couldn’t duplicate it anywhere else with anyone else for that price.
When you introduce your customer to the menu they need to see all of the things that made your establishment special – your “Signature’s” so to speak. If it is a suit, they couldn’t have done it just right without one more really nice tie. In addition, the really needed the French Cuff shirts to set off the ensemble.Your job is to be aware of everything available to them with each option and then enhance their experience with such an option. Here’s the tough part – ready? You have to lay that suggestion in so softly they don’t notice they were just sold on it. They key is to never look hungry – like you need the sale, and never question in your mind whether they need something; – assume they do.
If the majority of the people that walk in have a set tip percentage in their mind then it is to your benefit to deliver the best experience at the optimum price point.
Here’s a trick for a server – It’s a bit of a Ninja maneuver – So, don’t let just anyone try this. When you approach your table, before you get their drink order, introduce them to some of your favorite items. These items will be a little higher price point than the lower end items everyone else sells. Here’s what happens next. You get their drink order and are heading to the back to get their drinks. The time you are away works for you. Their mouth is now watering for the specialty Filet as opposed to the chopped steak they would normally be looking at. What just happened was you diverted their eyes from the inexpensive items and focused them with a laser fine gaze open the mouth watering top dollar steak. The time you have gone away has turned into time for that steak to melt into their braincells. Try it, and if you do it just right you will have them eating out of the palm of your hand, actually the best part of the menu the majority of the time.
The key to making money as a commissioned professional is to fully educate yourself with the items that are available to you and how to pair them with the accessories that are available with each item. You will find that the more tools you add to your toolbox the more prepared you are to to do specialty work in your job.
Always remember, most anyone can wait a table, or sell an outfit, but it takes a special person to create an experience.