Prioritising the well-being of your kitchen staff is essential for a thriving kitchen.
The high-pressure and demanding nature of the culinary industry can often lead to long working hours, stress, and a lack of personal time. Employee well-being starts with feeling safe, supported, and respected.
Helping your employees find a sustainable work-life balance with healthy work habits is crucial for creating a safe, productive work environment where they can reach their full potential with support rather than stress.
This month, #FairKitchens will look at tactical ways to bring well-being into the kitchen.
PROMOTE WELL-BEING IN THE KITCHEN WITH THESE WORK-LIFE BALANCE TIPS:
With the right approaches from #FairKitchens, you can give your team the support they need and create a thriving kitchen that both you and your team are proud to work in.
#1 Foster a positive work environment
Create a supportive and positive workplace culture where teamwork, respect, and appreciation are valued by recognising and rewarding your staff’s hard work and accomplishments. This boosts employee morale and creates a more encouraging atmosphere to work in. *
#2 Implement flexible work schedules
Consider introducing flexible scheduling options to accommodate personal commitments and give employees more control over their work-life balance. Avoid excessive overtime and encourage staff to take breaks during their shifts. This can help prevent burnout and provide a better work-life balance. ***
#3 Foster open and clear communication
Create a safe kitchen space where employees feel comfortable expressing their concerns and needs. Encourage open dialogue about workload, schedules, and personal commitments. This enables your kitchen management to understand the individual situations of your staff better and make appropriate adjustments when needed. **
#4 Support time off
Encourage and support the use of holiday days and personal time off and create a system that allows for easy scheduling of time off. Emphasising the importance of rest and relaxation shows your team that you care about their overall well-being. **
#5 Implement leadership training
Implement a leadership training program that enables employees to learn multiple skills and tasks within the kitchen. This allows for more flexible staffing arrangements and contributes to more streamlined productivity. *
#FairKitchens is leading the change to create thriving kitchen cultures worldwide with our FREE Online Leadership Training. Check out what you’ll learn in our 6-module course designed to develop more inclusive kitchens and stronger leadership.
#6 Look after your team’s mental health
Promote the importance of self-care and well-being among kitchen staff. Provide resources and education on healthy eating, exercise, stress management techniques, and mental health support. *** Learn more about how you can support your team members struggling with mental health with SADAG’s tips.
In partnership with SADAG, the #FairKitchens 24/7 toll-free Helpline 0800 006 333 is available to you and your staff whenever needed. All calls are confidential, and you can remain completely anonymous.
Our Helpline offers free telephonic counselling with referrals to mental health professionals and resources nationwide. We can help you with any question or problem or even just lend an ear if you need to talk to someone.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OUR HELPLINE:
- All calls are confidential, and call-backs can be arranged to suit your availability.
- Counsellors offer practical solutions on how to manage your mental health better.
- We provide useful self-help tips and tools.
- We offer crisis intervention where counsellors can provide emergency intervention and case management, which might entail ambulance services, hospitalisation, police, and check-in/follow up calls.
CALL OUR HELPLINE AT 0800 006 333 FOR ANY MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT.
Promoting work-life balance requires ongoing effort and commitment from kitchen management and staff. Investing in the well-being of your team can help you create a productive work environment that leads to long-term success and growth.
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**. Shoes For Crews Europe. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WORK-LIFE BALANCE IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY. [Online]. Sep 2018. [Cited 2023 June 08]. Available from URL: https://www.sfceurope.com/uk/blog/how-to-improve-your-work-life-balance-in-the-food-industry
***. Martin C. Supporting Employee Mental Health, Wellness, And Work-Life Balance. [Online]. Sep 2021. [Cited 2023 June 08]. Available from URL: https://www.human-capital.com/blog/blogs/supporting-employee-mental-health-wellness-and-work-life-balance