Back in the day we used to let employees eat for free. They didn’t have to clock out. Soda was free. They were allowed to eat mistakes.
As all people tend to do with such freedom when we were not around the policy was abused. “Mistakes” were made often and luck would have it their friends would drop by and they nicely gave away the “mistakes” Or the crew would just be hungry and we just so happened to have a “mistake”
They wouldn’t have to clock out and I was too busy doing other things to realize the “short” break became a literal social HOUR.
The “free” soda became a soda fest all day and then a 32 oz ftn to go for each and every employee.
You may not think these “little” things cost you much money but they do.
I came to the realization that REWARDING the employees for a mistake was ridiculous.
I don’t eat for free so why should they. Having the employees pay for the food is not unreasonable.
Soda, an expense which really shouldn’t be a big one became a huge cost for us.
Although employees don’t make this connection usually the cost of this “perk” comes out of their pocket just as it does mine. Do they really appreciate it? I don’t think so. If I was given the choice of 1.00 an hour pay or 1.00 an hour in “free” food, mistakes and soda…I would take the raise.
Our policy now is…Mistakes go in the trash…Period. We don’t reward mistakes. (Of course if the employee want to buy it they want) We rarely have “mistakes” anymore.
Soda is a quarter each day. Pays for the cup, lid, straw and a little soda. Comes directly out of their check and no one has issue with this.
Employees get 50% off a small meal for them, while they are at work. They can take a small meal home but aren’t allowed to use it on wings or large pizzas.
Employees can “charge” their meal and it comes out of their check. (They really appreciate this)
After a year the employees get one free meal per shift.
If an employee works 2 shifts or a split shift they get a free meal.
We make crew pies on occasion, usually an unusual pie we are testing out.
NO ONE HAS ISSUE WITH THIS. IN FACT THEY ARE GRATEFUL.
We give away “free” meals for great performance, someone covering a shift, winning a suggestive selling contest etc. A great incentive employees appreciate.
Why stand at a scale weighing cheese when you are having a free for all with your “employee meals” makes no sense to me. Wanna save 1-2% food cost…recover some of the costs your employees are eating.