Restaurant Management Is Key for Food Service Merchants

By: TimeForge Labor Management

Restaurant manager responsibilities are essential to keeping any restaurant running smoothly. Though duties can vary a little based on your merchant’s restaurant type, managers are always responsible for handling business operations and guiding staff. This guide will explain all of a manager’s tasks more thoroughly so that you can empower your merchant to put together the right management team for their business. If they’re new to management, this guide will help them get a handle on what’s generally expected of their role.

Create a Schedule and Track Payroll
One of the essential parts of all restaurant manager jobs is handling scheduling and payroll. A manager performs a primarily administrative job that involves assigning tasks and to-do items to staff. They need to make sure the restaurant always has enough employees present for the completion of essential tasks. After creating the schedule, managers need to pay employees for the hours worked. This can involve allowing for things like overtime or holiday pay.

Even when companies use automated software for scheduling (which we do recommend), there are still many things that need attention. Managers need to discipline late or missing employees and find people to cover missed shifts. Shift assignments also have a huge effect on team morale. Managers may need to handle disagreements about who gets certain shifts. Addressing staff concerns about scheduling can help keep everyone happy.

Provide Customer Service
A restaurant manager’s responsibilities might not seem quite as customer-oriented as a server’s. However, the manager actually has a very important role when it comes to keeping customers happy and coming back. A good manager thinks of ways to create a more pleasant dining experience. When anything goes wrong, customers may want to escalate their complaint and speak to a manager. Since managers end up handling irate customers, they need excellent customer service skills.

Managers need to be able to stay patient and soothe ruffled feathers. They’ll need to find solutions to problems. Good customer service can ensure that a disgruntled customer doesn’t end up leaving a bad review.

Ensure the Restaurant Is Properly Staffed
One of a manager’s most essential duties is making sure that there are enough people to keep the restaurant running. Managers need to find the right number of employees and create job postings. They’ll need to check responses to job ads, conduct interviews and hire the best workers. Managers have to conduct performance reviews, discipline staff and train staff, too.

Furthermore, managers have the responsibility to see that the restaurant retains good staff. Staff retention can be tough because it requires keeping employees happy and productive – even during a labor shortage. Managers will need strong interpersonal skills and the ability to help employees feel valued and supported.

Handle Accounting and Restaurant Finances
The big-picture finances are usually handled by the business owner. However, a manager is the one who handles day-to-day accounting. Managers need to keep track of all costs, including supplies, payroll and more. They also have to track the money coming into the restaurant and consider ways of increasing profits.

Altogether, a manager is responsible for handling the restaurant’s budget and providing financial reports. They’re required to make tough decisions about restaurant costs. Managers need to do everything they can to keep the business profitable. Because you place so much trust in a manager, you need someone with years of experience in handling finances.

Meet Health and Safety Standards
Restaurants have to carefully follow all sorts of guidelines on handling food, cleaning dishes and more. The restaurant’s manager bears much of the responsibility for getting everyone to follow health and safety laws. They have to stay up to date on the latest guidelines. This can require taking training courses or getting certifications in certain subjects.

In addition to knowing about these guidelines, managers also have to make sure the rules are actually being followed. They need to track employees carefully and identify any problems. Managers are also responsible for alerting employees to any changes and training new employees.

Market the Restaurant Appropriately
As part of their duty of keeping a restaurant profitable, managers have to market the restaurant. This can include using things like social media, television or print media. Managers may need to come up with promotional strategies, like limited specials or coupons. Though managers often work with business owners to create broad marketing plans, the manager is the one who handles day-to-day tasks, like scheduling when an ad runs.

Restaurant marketing duties can vary a lot depending on the type of restaurant the merchant is running. At a fast food franchise, marketing can often involve things like researching the brand’s latest campaigns and staying up to date with brand logos. Meanwhile, for a fine dining restaurant, marketing can mean participating in local food and wine festivals or inviting local celebrities to the restaurant.

Manage Food and Beverage Inventory
Another important manager responsibility is keeping the restaurant fully stocked. They need to find food and beverage ingredients that are of the appropriate quality and within budget. The right inventory choices keep the restaurant running smoothly. At a fast food place with a limited menu, this is still a tricky task. It gets even more complicated at fine dining restaurants with seasonal menus.

This duty requires a manager to have extensive knowledge of their restaurant. A manager will have to fully understand the menu and work with the cooks to create a list of necessary ingredients. They need to keep track of customer demands so that they don’t order too much or too little of any item. To manage inventory in a cost-effective way, a manager may need to negotiate prices or search for a budget-friendly supplier.

Restaurant Manager Responsibilities Made Easy
TimeForge makes it easier to handle all of a restaurant manager’s responsibilities. Our labor management software makes employee scheduling, workplace compliance, and task management a breeze. To see how TimeForge can help your merchant and their team, check us out at