Profitable Hospitality Podcast (business)

Do some of your staff have chronic financial problems? Modern life is expensive, but we’re talking now about constant money shortages, borrowing from family, debts with friends and overdue bills. Gambling temptation is everywhere we look – online, phone apps, sporting games, poker (slot) machines in pubs and clubs, and of course casinos. Chances are some of your staff need help.

Ken Burgin interviewed Gerard Byrne form the Salvation Army’s Addiction Help Services – they work with people whose lives are affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling. We talked about how to identify and talk to someone with a gambling problem, how to refer them for help, what treatment may involve and how to educate all your staff about the problem. If you need help, or know someone who does, contact the Salvation Army on the link above, or the Gambling Help Line.  https://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/

Direct download: 242_Helping_Staff_with_Gambling_Problem.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 12:31pm AEST

Overseas workers have become an essential part of the Australian hospitality workforce, just as they are all over the world. But that doesn’t stop immigration from being a political football, which means unpredictable changes in government policy that makes workforce planning difficult. In April 2017, changes were announced on who can work in Australia, and their rights to become a permanent resident.

To help us navigate these changes, Ken Burgin talked with Justin Browne of Edupi Hospitality Immigration Specialists. Justin has many years of experience in hospitality, and now with immigration. We discussed the type of workers who want to work in Australia, the skills they have and how to help them settle into a new culture. We also discussed the costs and paperwork involved, when extra training is needed, and options for people who want to work in a rural area.

Direct download: 241_Immigration_Update_for_Australian_Restaurants.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

Do you have good, up-to-date Job Descriptions for everyone working in your business? Sometimes they’re filed away where no-one can find them. Or describing business activities that are way out of date. A well-written Job Description can be a powerful guide and tool to help with recruitment, performance management, training and even termination.

 In this interview, Ken Burgin talks with Doug Kelsall, the Talent Division Manager of Benchmarque. He’s recently revised and updated the library of 24 Job Descriptions available for download at Profitable Hospitality, and we talked about what is included in well-written JDs for managers, line staff and trainees. We discussed essential duties and responsibilities, the importance of a purpose statement, accountability, knowledge, experience, qualifications and measuring performance.

Direct download: 240_How_to_Use_Job_Descriptions_for_Better_Performance_1.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:34am AEST

Teamwork: everyone believes in it, and there are thousands of books written about it, but it’s more often talked about than actually achieved in most workplaces. On the sporting field the benefits are obvious, with different skills working together to chase a common goal… winning!

In this podcast, Ken Burgin looks at all the elements that make for successful teamwork, including shared goals, good leadership, measuring results, solving problems, a combination of skills, and the value of coaching to improve performance. A strong and happy team creates a vibrant business with excellent service, a great product and a growing reputation. It won’t take long to improve your team’s performance and the profits will follow!

Direct download: 239_Creating_good_teamwork.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 8:48am AEST

The world of speciality coffee is getting bigger all the time! It’s no longer just based in Australia and North America, but also growing strongly in the traditional coffee-drinking countries in Europe, and enjoying incredible growth in Asia. To maintain the high standards expected of specialty venues, good training is essential.

In this podcast, Ken Burgin talks with Ellie Hudson, the Director of Professional Development at the Specialty Coffee Association of America. We talked about practical skills, sensory awareness, global knowledge and the importance of business owners keeping up with modern coffee trends. We also discussed the variety of training methods – coaching, tasting, quizzes, videos, visits to roasters and using mobiles as a training delivery mechanism.

Direct download: 238_Talking_About_Coffee_Training_and_Education.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

Do your staff have one eye on their mobile phone and one eye on their work? Social media is all around us, and digital distractions are plentiful. It’s easy for social media clumsiness to turn into a big issue if the wrong comments and photos are shared by staff. In many cases, they don’t realise that they’ve done the wrong thing – guidance is essential. A comprehensive and easily-explained Social Media Policy is a very important part of your staff management toolkit.

In this interview Ken Burgin talks with Richard Edwards of Whites Legal, a Melbourne firm specialising in hospitality businesses. He’s helped many owners and managers with employment issues, and has drafted the Social Media Policy that is available to download from the Profitable Hospitality website.

Direct download: 237_What_to_Include_in_a_Restaurant_s_Social_Media_Policy.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

In this podcast, Ken Burgin talks with restaurateur Brett Carboni of Tsunami Restaurant in Perth. We talked about growing his business from when it started in 1998, change and development through the GFC and economic changes, menu changes and building the function side of Tsunami. Plus the importance of constant marketing, how he uses social media and keeping his professional knowledge up-to-date.

We also discussed the growth of his SuperSake importing business, and how he promotes sake sales through festivals, tastings, special dinners and public education. He even writes the SuperSake blog while doing his workout at the gym in the morning!

Direct download: 236_Running_a_Successful_Japanese_Restaurant__Sake_Business.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 10:07am AEST

A comprehensive and easily-understood Staff Manual is an essential tool for modern restaurant and foodservice management. Especially as employees are usually the biggest concern (and cost) for most operators: recruitment, hiring, productivity, behaviour, guidance and occasionally, dismissal. Just relying on team spirit and people ‘doing the right thing’ is not enough – it’s important to be ready for every situation.

In this interview Ken Burgin talks with Richard Edwards of Whites Legal, a Melbourne firm specialising in hospitality businesses. He’s helped many owners and managers with employment issues, and has drafted the suite of Staff Management Policies that are available to download from the Profitable Hospitality website.

Direct download: 235_What_to_Include_in_Restaurant_Staff_Manual_1.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

A good children’s menu is about more than just attracting families to eat with you. It can also be an important way to build your reputation, positioning you as a place that children enjoy and the food is healthy. You don’t just drop everything into the deep fryer.

In this podcast Ken Burgin discusses the many angles to a successful children’s menu – the choice of food, the way it’s cooked and served, how staff look after children, pricing and discount options, and how to use a popular kid’s menu to spread good news and attract more customers. 

Direct download: 234_Designing_and_Promoting_Popular_Children_s_Menus.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 9:00am AEST

What have vegetables got to do with numbers and business? We’ll find out from Trudi Yip of the Numeric Eight bookkeeping and accounts management business, which she started in 2006.  She has more than 20 years experience running small businesses and comes from a family of entrepreneurs – in fact she first learned about business as a child by counting potatoes in the Sydney Markets before dawn.

She’s brought her business experience and insights together in a new book called Counting Potatoes – Transform Your Creative Passion and cleverly connects potatoes, onions, pumpkins, ginger, garlic and even watermelons up to all the elements of business success. Intrigued by the sound of this? The interview is definitely worth listening to!

Direct download: 233_Counting_Potatoes_for_Business_Success.mp3
Category:business -- posted at: 6:00am AEST