It seems that every restaurant manager position comes with the guarantee of 10-hour shifts, work on weekends and holidays, and a never-ending stream of front-of-house and back-of-house problems to solve. In addition to these responsibilities, managers are usually expected to put in several hours a week of back-office tasks that keep them from overseeing their staff and checking in on their guests.

Manager tools for restaurants

But technology is changing that story. In a 2030 industry report, the National Restaurant Association noted, "Technology will automate traditional tasks. Everything from inventory management to scheduling, payroll, taxes, and bill reconciliation will be more automated in the restaurant of the future."

Managers can now take advantage of tools that enable them to complete administrative work in minutes rather than hours. And they can do it with restaurant scheduling software, tip management software, and restaurant payroll software.

“SpotOn Teamwork provides a bunch of key metrics, like forecasted labor percentage. In the past, you would take a pen and pencil to figure it out. Now all you have to do is make a schedule and metrics populate on a day-by-day basis. It saves nearly two and a half hours most work days.” –Lino Suazo, General Manager, The Bungalow Kitchen

Along with restaurant management software, SpotOn also developed the Manager Toolkit—a selection of resources to help managers run their restaurants more efficiently.

What's in the Manager Toolkit?

While SpotOn offers a comprehensive set of hardware and software solutions for every aspect of your restaurant, the Manger Toolkit focuses on the topics and tools that are important to managers.

  • Operations. Get a printable waitlist, tips for closing out faster, insights into running POS reports, and more. These tools help managers run their restaurants more smoothly.
  • Staff. Learn how to write an effective job posting, maintain labor compliance, and overcome staffing shortages. There's also a free employee handbook template you can use to create your own staff guidelines.
  • Tech. Assess your tech stack. Get the steps for changing your point-of-sale. And see if your restaurant can run more profitably with online reservations, handhelds, a 1st-party online ordering system, or a kitchen display system.
  • Marketing. Get our complete restaurant marketing guide, claim your business page on Google, and build your restaurant's online reputation by learning how to manage reviews on Yelp, Facebook, Google, and TripAdvisor.
  • Revenue. See how your restaurant can bring in more profit with 3 calculators: The restaurant profit calculator, the break-even point calculator, and the menu engineering calculator. Also, learn about your options for getting more capital for your restaurant.
  • Guests. See how to empower guests with QR ordering, create a customer database, and build your online presence. You'll also learn about the different types of restaurant guests and how you can make happy hour a success.

Get out of the back office and back on the floor.

When software automates admin tasks, managers can spend less time doing desk work and more time with their guests. But it's not just time you get back—it's the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have the tools and support to keep your operations running smoothly at all times.

Manager tools for restaurants
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