How to Engage New Team Members

Employee Engagement Starts Here Nearly every business owner I know lists recruiting and retaining good staff high on their list of priorities. Having gone to the effort and expense of finding a good fit, don’t waste this by poor induction. Many hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses will be taking on seasonal staff now. Maybe you […]


Getting emotional

Why Emotions Matter to your Customer Experience Last week was full of emotions for me. Tuesday marked the 25th anniversary of my mother’s death, Wednesday would have been my father’s 90th birthday and of course Thursday commemorated D-Day. Who couldn’t fail to be moved by some of the incredible stories told by the veterans? But […]


Employee Recognition starts with Thank You

78% of employees don’t feel recognised! That’s according to Debra Corey – one of the many interesting speakers at last week’s  “The Caterer People Summit”. That’s a pretty shocking – and sad – statistic. She also cited of the money spent on employee recognition, 87% is spent on recognising long service (which is unlikely to […]


How to get consistency

One of the workshops I was delivering last week was for a group of new supervisors. I love delivering this type of training, particularly when the participants are so eager to learn. One of the things we discussed was the importance of consistency. It’s so easy in an environment where people work different shifts to […]


Preparing your team for customer service training

How to prepare and engage your team for customer service training I’m just putting together the finishing touches for two customer service training workshops I am delivering next week. But I can’t do this alone. When carrying out any training – customer service training or otherwise – what happens before and after is just as […]


How to change your team members’ moods

I’m sure from time to time even your most outgoing team members have their off days – those times when they are down, flustered, bored, angry or frustrated. And of course, this impacts their colleagues. And your customers. Most people believe they can’t change their moods, but here are 4 things (including an exercise you […]