I have seen two approaches to placing a new manager into a restaurant. The first angle is train them fast, throw them in the deep end of the pool and they either drown or they tread water long enough to find the edge of the pool and get out safely, learning never to be allowed to be thrown in the pool again, but it takes a lot of time and money to get them out of the pool. Some drown and don’t make it. The second approach is train them effectively, put them in a learning environment, and foster their leadership and skill set until they can effectively get in the pool and start swimming on their own.
Note: Either way cost a lot of money, one costs more, and ultimately their return on investment begins sooner.
Fact: A new manager will cost you a lot of money no matter which method you use.
Fact: A new manager is an investment that has to be calculated in dollars.
Fact: A new manager is a direct reflection of you and your restaurant whether they have been there one day or one year
No matter what you do, here is what you can expect to see over the life cycle of your new well trained manager and I emphasize the WELL TRAINED part!
It should only be training during this time frame…never on their own, never in front of a guest unsupervised, never performing a task without your best right next to them. Cost based on $45,000 per year manager for three months - $11,250 – no ROI here.
They are fresh out of training…trying things for the first time on their own. Forgetting things in cost areas, missing table reads, hiring mistakes, getting a feel for the land. Cost to you? Hard to gauge but if you are doing $35,000 a week in sales, $5,000 per day…it wouldn’t be out of the question to have them make $200 per day in mistakes in missed cost, guest impact, staff awareness, sales, and follow up. Your cost at $200 per day, 5 days per week, 20 days per month - $4,000/$12,000 for the three months….effective profit lost plus their salary again of $11,250. Might as well add that cost to your bottom line because they haven’t even been able to generate any additional sales or profit impact
The tally so far…. $34,500
Starting to get their feet underneath them now. Beginning to understand their job description. Picking up on the nuances of the flow of business and actually holding their own. Mistakes are dropping off, guests are getting to know them, employees are beginning to get it but they still make mistakes….but maybe only $100 per day instead of $200 per day. Yep, another $2,000 in cost or sales lost per month. Tack on their losses at $6,000 this quarter compared to $12,000 last quarter, their salary of another $11,250 and your 9 month cost for your bright business leader…. $51,750
Finally starting to get it. The training is starting to pay off. Beginning to make effective labor decisions, catching waste and quality control issues, improving service, engaging guest and getting them to return, driving the staff to achieve, the mistakes still happen, they always do, but now a high performing manager that probably balances out their losses with their improvements. Whew! The good news, they only cost you $11,250 this quarter, simply their salary.
Total first year cost for your new manager - $63,000
Salary - $45,000
Cost - $18,000 (what would you do with another $18k? That’s 3.5 days of sales gone)
And let me emphasize again, a well trained manager…..
A poorly trained manager….the cost is only higher…haven’t you spent enough already?
Train well, your bottom line depends on it.