5 Minute Training
Training Train The Trainer
5 Minute TrainingWhat?You will lead 5 minute training sessions at the start of every shift. During these training sessions a variety of topics relevant to working at De Refter will be discussed. These training sessions are always at the start of the shift so that, together with your team you can set goals that you can all work towards during the shift.
Why?It is very important that you and your team are inspired by the 5 minute training sessions. The training sessions are by their very nature very interactive. The training sessions will revolve around sharing the professional experience of the team. Central to this are the situations you and your staff have experienced and their cause and effect. Most training sessions will refer to theory from the e-learning or the operational manual, with experience and practical examples also offering topics for discussion.
How?For ease of use every training module has an introductory summary covering the topics. This summary will hang on the wall in the staff areas of your workplace. By using the summary as a starting point you can refer to practical examples from your own experience to share with your colleagues during the training sessions.
The 5 minute training topics are inextricably bound to the highly esteemed principles upon which De Refter stands. You can think of Attitude, Communication, Exceeding Expectations, Golden Rules, Knowledgeable sales advice, Handling Complaints.
5 Minute TrainingThe STAR Method:In hospitality not everything can be learned from a book. In practice it often looks quite different and the combination of different factors make every situation unique. Every Caf is also unique.The 5 minute training sessions serve a special purpose within De Refter. The trainingsessions are particularly focused on closing the gap between theory and practice by using theexpertise from within the team. In order to discuss practical situations in a focused manner weuse the STAR method. STAR stands for Situation, Team, Action and Result.
5 Minute TrainingThe right mentality starts with the correct attitude. Attitude is important to the customer, to your colleagues and also for yourself. Work is more fun with the right attitude. To win every day you need team players who feel responsible and involved. We make a real difference. This is no ordinary caf!LoyaltyDe Refter cannot succeed without loyal employees. Loyal staff means continuity, offers the possibility to grow as a business and certainly as an individual. We are there for each other and work together in a welcoming atmosphere.The correct attitude comprises the following features:
Reliability/integrityAble to work alone and with discretion
Focused on collaborationA team player, helpful and always striving as part of a team to achieve the same goals
FlexibilityA considered approach that leads to the best possible outcomes
EmpathyPut yourself in the position of a colleague or customer
HospitalityPositive attitude, good listener, radiate enthusiasmAttitude
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Working efficientlyWorking quickly and efficiently gives you satisfied customers. This gives the customer and above all you a good feeling about your work. It motivates you to improve. You can work quickly, you can also work efficiently, and you can work in a chaotic way or in a structured manner. Which method do you see yourself in?
Effective working means that you are well prepared and know exactly what you are doing. You can prioritise. At the end of your shift you evaluate the day and set yourself new goals for your next shift.
Chaotic working means that you are always busy but unfocused. You are multitasking, doing 10 things at once but finishing nothing. You have no set goal for the day. Too busy doing everything you lose your focus and you lose productivity.A structured approach means that you are constantly planning and adjusting. Risks are identified and you are prepared for any scenario. Everything must go right and nothing can go wrong. Your productivity suffers because you are too immersed in planning.This is how we work quickly and efficiently
CooperateKnow your jobSet prioritiesNever walk with empty handsFocus on customersAttitudeDont laugh or chat loudly with your colleagues Think first, and then actMake a to do list during quiet momentsFinish the job in hand before you start another
5 Minute TrainingAttitude Step 1 Situation: What is happening?
In order to have the correct attitude it is important that you are comfortable with yourself. Ask your team the following questions:When do you enjoy your work?What is a good working attitude?Are you an efficient worker, or not?Step 2 -Team: How do your work?
A good working attitude isnt only important for our guests, its also important for the cooperation within the team.At what point in your working day do you find it difficult to present yourself well? What can we do about this?What can we do that would encourage us to keep the correct attitude throughout our shift? What goals can we link to this?
Step 3 Action: What are we going to do today with regard to our working attitude?
The best and most practical/applicable actions of the team are the foundations of our approach to our work. Devise, together with your team 3 action points that you can work on together to maintain a good working attitude.
Step 4 Result:How can we ensure continuity of our standards and learn from our experiences?How can we ensure that our new working methods are made permanent? You and your team can come up with solutions as you discuss the results of the training session.Set a common goal for your team at the start of every shift. Clearly define tasks. It doesnt have to take long: you can discuss a lot in 5 minutes.
5 Minute TrainingCommunication is an important part of hospitality. You are the focal point of our customers attention. You are the host or hostess, entertainer, the knowledgeable contact all in one. The barrier between you and the customer must be as low as possible. Communication can be divided into the verbal and non-verbal communication. If your non-verbal communication does not match your speech you will have no credibility. Within every organisation there are established principles regarding communication. We have created, for our purposes The Golden Rules so that everyone knows what is expected of him or her.
Non-verbal communication Verbal communication
The golden rules:55% of communication is expressed in body language38% is expressed in tone of voice7% is communicated through wordsCommunication
5 Minute TrainingNon-verbal communicationNon-verbal communication comes in two forms: visually and vocally. The influence of your tone of voice has on the impression that you make is often forgotten. Another important factor in your non-verbal communication is in your personal appearance.
Personal appearance is everything that another absorbs about you from their senses. Thus it is: how they look, how they walk, how they move or how they smell to someone. Everyone subconsciously analyses and judges the people they meet, forming opinions and prejudices along the way.
Along with personal grooming and tone of voice customers are alert to your demeanour. When you have an open demeanour, customers will be quicker to approach you. An open demeanour is:A welcoming facial expression Head held a little high, constantly alert to the needs of customersStand with your back straight and with your shoulders backHands should be uncrossed (crossed hands say indirectly that you do not want to help/serve)
Verbal communicationVerbal communication is communication with words or sound. You can verbally express yourself in conversation and also in writing.Communication
5 Minute TrainingStep 1 - Situation: What is happening?Communication is one of the most important cornerstones of hospitality. When you are busy it is especially difficult to remain open and hospitable in your verbal and non-verbal communication. It is always important to remain aware of how we communicate.How do you communicate in a friendly, hospitable way?When do you find it difficult to communicate in a friendly, hospitable way?What experience do you have of communication with a staff member where you have observed that he or she clearly did not want to give you any attention or assistance?Step 2 - Team: How do you work?It isnt always easy to always communicate in a friendly hospitable manner. For example, if you have a difficult customer that asks awkward questions that you have answered several times already or if you are tired or have had a bad day.How do you deal with such situations yourself and what tips can you share with your colleagues?What can you do to ensure that your communication remains friendly and hospitable?What is your role in this? Step 3 Action: How can we improve communication today?The best, most practical and easily applicable suggestions from your team are the foundation of our approach to our work. Devise, together with your team 3 action points that you can work on together to continually improve communication.Step 4 Result:How can we ensure continuity of our standards and learn from our experiences?What was the result of your action? How can we ensure that our new working methods are made permanent? You and your team can come up with several definite, actionable suggestions as you discuss the results of the training session. Communication
5 Minute TrainingEveryone has qualities that make him or her unique. Perhaps you have great beauty! Cheerful,energetic, proactive. Or are you good at problem solving? Maybe you have very different qualities? Think about where you excel. The art is in bringing this special quality to the fore and deriving the maximum from it. It works a whole lot better if you can use what you are best at and enjoy it.
Customer ExpectationsA satisfied customer that looks forward to coming back is what it is all about. The customer experience is all important. Every customer that visits our Caf has their own set of expectations. We can meet and sometimes fail to meet their expectations, but together with our team we can exceed our customers expectations. As staff member we can influence the customer experience in the following ways.We want the De Refter experience to make a good impression upon our customers so thatthey recommend us to others and make return visits. Surprising guests is not rocket science; it is thesmall things that make a difference. Surprise your customers by doing more than they expected. Anticipate your customers needs or make a beer recommendation that will complement their choice of meal. Allow your enthusiasm for you work to show. You can influence the mind-set of your customers. Laughter is infectious; it makes the atmosphere nicer for the customer, your colleagues and of course yourself.Tips on how to exceed expectations, while remembering keep your responses natural andunscripted.Make customers feel welcome, the first 10 minutes are crucialOffer help before you are askedGive your customers extra attentionExceeding expectations
5 Minute TrainingStep 1 Situation: What is happening?Encourage every team member to make an honest analysis of their strengths/weaknesses:What are your strengths/what are you good at?What distinguishes you within the De Refter?Where do you find room for self-improvement?What opportunities do you see within De Refter to develop or deploy your skills?
Step 2 Team: How do you work?Customer expectations must be exceeded time and time again. From the start you must do what is required and that little bit extra.What creative solutions can we use today to exceed the expectations of our customers?What is your role in this?
Step 3 Action:What are we going to do today to exceed our customers expectations?
Step 4 Result: How can we ensure continuity of our standards and learn from our successes?What was the result of your action? How can we ensure that our new work methods are permanent and remain fresh as perceived by our customers? Find solutions with your team and identify the results of this training.Let your team try something new every season. It is up to you to keep surprising your customers.Exceeding expectations
5 Minute TrainingA complaint is free advice. Very often complaints are not properly utilised, that is an opportunity missed. With a complaint you get a second chance, you can be pleased that a customer has taken the time to give you their opinion about a particular topic that is in need of your attention. You can make improvements next time. There is nothing more important than showing respect to the opinions of a complaining customer. You can demonstrate this respect by actively listening and then taking direct action as a consequence of the complaint.
The first and final moments of contact with the customer are very important. It is during these moments that an impression of De Refter is formed in the mind of the customer. For example a nice woman, a surly man, a thriving caf or many inexperienced staff. Show understanding and demonstrate that you genuinely want to help to solve the problem.
Do:Listen carefully and demonstrate that you understandAsk questions to clarifySolve the complaint with the customerSpeak clearly and intelligiblyBe sincere and friendlyThank the customer for bringing their complaint to youDont:Assume a defensive stanceRaise your voiceIgnore/underestimate the complaintGive a negative answerMake false allegationsInterrupt or challenge the customerBlame the customer or one of your colleaguesBe defensive Handling Complaints
5 Minute TrainingProblem solving focusWhen a customer complains or indicates to you that something is not to their liking it is important that you at least do something for the customer. There are two ways. After you have solved a problem, ask if the customer is satisfied and if there is anything else you can do to be of service. If you see the customer again later in your shift take the time to ask if the problem is solved and enquire as to whether the customer is satisfied. Here you are demonstrating that you sincerely care about the welfare of your customer and that you value the quality of the customers experience. If you cant solve the problem yourself or the complaint is of an insolvable nature always offer an alternative solution. Prevention is better than curePrevention of complaints is of course far more desirable. How can you limit and prevent complaints?Always be clear and use the best information you haveAllow your customers to explain their complaint fully-be considerate to their concernsListen carefully to their story and be careful not to make early judgementsDont talk about the problem, focus on finding a solutionEmp...