It was important to retain staff as by 2022 more than 11,000 chef vacancies would have to be filled, according to recent figures.
“Chef retention has been simmering away in the pub, restaurant and hotel world for many years,” said Adrian Close, a hospitality manager, trainer and business owner.
“But, recently, like an unwatched stockpot left bubbling on the hob, the shortage of skilled chefs has suddenly boiled over into a potential crisis – not for only the hospitality managers and business owners, but also one which, potentially, will affect how and what we eat out.”
Close has 17 top tips for business managers to use to help them retain chefs and kitchen staff, which are:
Understand why your employees leave by conducting an exit interview
Develop effective workplace policies to create a positive culture
Ask staff to be open about their plans so you can plan recruitment
A full and supportive induction process
Communicate your business mission
Plot all of your staff on a team development line
Make sure employees know what you expect from them
Organise competitions and incentives
Offer a competitive benefits package
Promote from within the company whenever possible
Set clear promotional and development guidelines
Invest in people management for line managers and head chefs
Provide small perks, such as a free lunch on a Sunday
Offer financial rewards
Quarterly staff 'play days' to encourage team building
Regular open and honest staff appraisals
Again, understand why staff leave
Close added: "Keeping all members of staff, including chefs for longer, isn't difficult as long as managers and business owners concentrate on creating an environment where people can grow, learn more and contribute to the success of the business."
The recruitment issues the hospitality sector faced was as a result of the managers and the business owners working within it, he claimed.
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