I think in this day and age, you are fighting a real uphill battle. I believe a way to go might be to give "extra" cellphone, text message and email breaks, in addition to their regular breaks on their shift.
You will not only "control" the problem better in the sense that they can do it when it is good for you, but you will be viewed as a hero by your employees. I think.... Interesting issue in today's day ..... I am assuming we are discussing shift workers here and not office workers?
Good Question. I would propose that the reason is that office workers are more task oriented and that their time may not be directly related to serving customers, or execution. At the end of the day, it is your customers that you want to worry about here....
I think more than a question of customer service it is an overall question of productivity. I think the problem is that we seem to treat frontline/hourly workers as someone who needs to be controlled and those people who work in the office as those who can be left on their own. I disagree totally with that philosophy.
interesting challenge for sure. It is not a question of "controlling" per se. It is more to do with customer facing staff vs. non, in my opinion. We can agree to disagree... that's what makes FohBoh so great.
This really is a difficult one today. Particularly if you employ a number of younger employees. On a previous project that had 8 kitchens, 165 employees, and was about 75% under the age of 25 we tried a lot of different policies, notes, flyers, and constant verbal communication. Finally we settled on this -- plain and simple. This was a professional sports environment.
Cell Phones are NOT permitted to be used while working.
It really is amazing how communication has changed and it is truly amazing to see the skill that young folks have developed when sending text messages and communicating on their cell phones. It is however, very distracting and should never happen in the presence of a customer.
at my store we have sighns hung up that say " no cell phones, no exceptions" We write people up and take away phones. This seems to have at least made them all better at hiding it. I think that being consistant is the real key.
"No cell phones while on duty.
You may use your cell phones while on break.
Anyone observed using a cell phone while on duty will have it confiscated.
If it becomes a continuous problem, you will face further disciplinary action up to or including termination."
Most people get the picture right off the bat.
A couple need to have their phones taken before they get a clue.
I've let one person go because of this...3 confiscations and write-ups, but they still felt the need to send sweet nothings to their girlfriend while they were on the line.
Ahhh, young love, the downfall of mankind.
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