We all know by now how important food safety training is to a successful restaurant, but good training goes beyond onboarding.
You may think that continuous training is a waste of time, but in reality, there are a number of benefits, including increasing job retention, keeping up with new regulations, and keeping employees better informed so that food safety mistakes are not made.
Here are just some of the many benefits of implementing continuous training at your restaurant.
Keeps Up With New Regulations
Food safety is constantly changing and evolving, so it is important to stay up to date on the latest food safety rules and regulations.
Make it a point to keep up with the current food code. When there are changes, have a way to communicate these changes to employees.
Keeps Knowledge Fresh
Employees will have forgotten 90% of their training in 6 months. If employees aren’t using the information on a regular basis, they are at risk of forgetting it.
Continuous training reminds employees of the information they may have forgotten and keeps knowledge fresh.
That’s why food safety training has to be repeated every few years. In the meantime, you can help employees retain their food safety knowledge with training refreshers, such as these short recap videos.
Increases Employee Satisfaction and Job Retention
The restaurant industry turnover rates have been historically high.
Forbes’ research found that 28% of all employees who quit within the first 90-120 days of employment do so due to a lack of training and support. That’s because proper training can make employees feel valued and see potential within their job.
Onboarding training is important to keeping new hires on, and implementing continuous training helps increase employee satisfaction overtime, leading to lower turnover rates.
Creates a Food Safety Culture
At Always Food Safe, we talk about creating a culture of food safety. Implementing continuous training helps achieve this by making food safety the norm and bringing it to the forefront of people’s attention.
Making food safety a part of company culture will ensure that proper food safety procedures are being followed, reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses arising and in turn keeping everything running smoothly.
Need to get your employees trained? Check out our Food Protection Manager, Food Handler, and Allergen Awareness training programs.