Employees are entitled to work in a safe environment. Before now, we have to look at that from the angle of the "wet floor"and "hot stove" perspective and not one that is free from germ surfaces and the virus from other employees.
Even with many operators developing automated checklist functionality, they will have to re-work the actual task. This will ensure that new cleanliness and monitoring guidelines are on the list of items to be carried out.
Critical sanitation items will have to be added to the inventory order like sanitary hand wipes, latex gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. In a situation where these tasks are left uncompleted periodically, then the manager's attention will be called to it in ensuring that the work is completed.
Daily Health Checks (Temperature)
Employers may be forced to do a quick check for their employees when they return to work. Similar to what the hospitals are doing today, employers will have to provide masks for employees and check their temperatures as they clock in. It will be a great advantage for employers if timeclocks can take temperature using some biometric means as part of the process. It may also have the ability to alert the manager when someone clocks in with a high temperature.
No one knows exactly what comes next, but our collective minds are left vulnerable to wild speculations and understandable fear. One thing is for sure, though, the restaurant industry has had to reinvent itself over the years and perhaps that time is upon us again. Through this grim reality we're living in, one can't help but feel a hint of excitement and anticipation for the next chapter in this vibrant and vital industry.
Will local mom & pops restaurants survive the 50 percent capacity they're now forced to operate under? Will chain restaurants be the only eateries left standing? What about fine-dining establishment, what's their future like?There are a myriad of questions to pose. Unfortunately, answers will trickle in as time ticks away slowly and the dust finally settles.
There's one section, however, that has been growing like wildfire, driven by technology – and that is the food delivery and takeout industry. That begs the question: Is it just a stand-in until the COVID-19 situation is fully under control and restaurants can go back to operating like they did before? Or is it a glimpse into the future of what the dining experience will be like from now on?
The Jury is still out… But watch this space!