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Who is SR Max?

Who is SR Max?

As an industry-leading slip-resistant shoe manufacturer and retailer, it’s our job to serve you and your employees, so that you can serve others.

Part of providing the best service possible includes educating customers on the benefits that we offer.

Take a look at just a few of the services that we offer to our program customers! 

 

What does SR Max offer? 

 

1. Industry-leading slip resistance

The patented MaxTrax® outsole channels away liquids such as oil, grease, and water, and provides more give upon impact which allows for a reinforced grip and a better hold on the ground.

All SR Max® brand shoes are made with our MaxTrax® outsole.

You can also find this patented outsole on certain styles from brands such as Timberland PRO, SKECHERS Work, Reebok, Rockport Works, Sanita, and more! 

 

2. Brands 

We offer slip-resistant styles from your favorite brands, including Dr. Martens, Crocs, New Balance, KEEN, and more! 

 

3. 30 Day Satisfaction 

This one is pretty self-explanatory, if you don’t like your slip-resistant shoes, send them back!

*** This option is available to certain program levels. 

 

4. 6 Month Warranty

If a pair of defective shoes is less than six months old

(and in our determination shows normal wear), we offer a full refund or credit towards a replacement pair. 

 

5. Retail Shopping 

We have 29 walk-in stores spread throughout the east coast, parts of the Midwest, and Hawaii, allowing customers to try on and purchase slip-resistant shoes in a traditional setting. 

 

6. Shoemobiles 

Do you want to bring the shoes to your employees? With a shoemobile, you can schedule a time to have one of our trucks stop at your facility,

saving your employees time and providing them with pre-approved styles that you select! 

 

7. Custom Websites 

A custom website from SR Max can include a company logo, custom page banners,

and custom verbiage, with multiple tracking, payment order, and reporting tools to choose from! 

 

8. Data Management

Managers have access to customizable corporate sales reports, and can easily access sales history.

 

9. Marketing Support 

Our small (but mighty) team of marketing specialists can assist you with email,

digital, social, PR, tradeshow, print marketing and MORE! 

 

Sound appealing? Click here to contact one of a dedicated Safety Shoe Specialist today! 

Sole Education Grant

Sole Education Grant Returns for a Second Semester

The leading supplier of safety toe footwear is bringing back the Sole Education Grant for a second semester! After a successful pilot run this summer, where we awarded our first $1,000 grant to our selected student winner, Saf-Gard Safety Shoe Company decided to bring on another group of students, opening up the application nationwide.

The goal of the Sole Education Grant program is to have students explain and apply their growing knowledge of a particular trade industry, making them the experts on their given field of study for the Saf-Gard blog.

The Sole Education Grant is an industry-based education grant, created for students who are just starting out in their field.

Starting on October 14, 2019, Saf-Gard will follow three chosen students through their educational programs in pursuit of a future in their field. Each week, the students will be asked to write a brief response to an industry-related topic that will not only showcase their knowledge on the subject but their experiences and skills in the field as well. Students will report their findings, which will be uploaded to the Saf-Gard blog.

Responses will be put into a weekly blog series that covers a theme that students are tasked with responding to. Content will be used to pull quotes from for social media as well as educational materials moving forward.

The chosen students will be rewarded for their participation in the program and completion of all 10 assignments with $1000 to help pay for the cost of their education.

Saf-Gard has opened up the application nationwide, giving even more skilled trades students the opportunity to participate in the program.

Follow along with our students’ progress at http://www.safgard.com/education/blog.

Apply today at http://www.safgard.com/sole-education   
Learn more about the Generation T movement at http://www.wearegenerationt.com.

Do You Need Insoles?

Ah, feet. They’re pretty important to our everyday lives. Besides being the two things that you are constantly walking and standing on, they are also home to all those little piggies your parents used to sing about. So, you need to take care of them! Many industries require a lot of time on your feet. This can cause strains and pains that can cause your brain to drain. Lucky for you, there’s one little trick that could just save your Soul… your inner soul… we’re talking about an INSOLE.

You Might Need An Insole If…

Running

For many people, running is the most common form of foot aches. You are constantly slamming your foot down, and that shock can trickle up your legs leading to shin splints or pressures on your feet. If you find the arches of your feet feeling strained, or your shins are hurting, this may be your feet begging for some fancy new insoles in your shoes.

Standing

Standing all day is one of the leading causes of Plantar Fasciitis. No, this isn’t a spell from Harry Potter, but we’d imagine even the “Boy Who Lived” suffers from foot pain and needs insoles. Plantar Fasciitis is basically a sharp stabbing pain to the soft part of your foot and around your heel. Insoles can help you relieve the stress and pressure of everyday life, sort of like a foot psychiatrist!

Walking Technique

 Everyone is unique, and that’s great! Some people just walk “better” than others. If you find that when you walk your feet tend to roll either outward or inward, you will find that this could lead to instability and severe foot pain. If your foot rolls inward that is called “over-pronation” and the opposite is “supination”. These two terms affect many people and, lucky for you, it’s fairly easy to fix with the appropriate insole!

What Kind of Insole Should I Get?

Now that’s the fun part of getting insoles, everyone is unique and has their own foot shape. There is no one answer to this question because you can get insoles for a plethora of reasons. You can get insoles that are designed to keep your feet comfortable, add relief, increase protection, and there are even different insoles for what type of shoe you are wearing.

Think insoles may be the answer to your foot problems? Seek professional help because getting an insole that does not fit your foot could cause even more trauma. On the bright side, insoles fit in ALL of our amazing slip resistant shoes!  On that note, SR Max&#174 offers two amazing styles of Insoles, let’s talk about them:

PAM

PAM: Personal Anti-fatigue Mat. This unique style of insole is one that we think will help you perform your job to your greatest potential. This dual Layer, 100% memory foam insole offers maximum shock absorption to help relieve pressure on your feet. The memory foam technology incorporated in this insole compresses for safe clearance in steel toe footwear.

THOTIC

Megacomfort is the first word we use to describe this insole. It offers 3 in 1 comfort orthotic technology to help alleviate those strains you feel on your feet during work. If you have particularly poor arch support, this insole will help you out immensely, which comes with two additional orthotic arch supports allowing you to customize the fit directly to you.

You can check out our two insole products here, and enjoy the start of your new (foot pain-free) life!

The Slip Resistant Shoe Recipe

Add some leather, a dash of a cushioned insole, a splash of impact zone padding, and a heaping helping of MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole and we’re on our way to creating our very own slip resistant shoe! So this recipe might not be making it into your kitchen cookbook any time soon, but it’s still important to know what exactly goes into constructing each pair of our safe and comfortable slip resistant shoes. Get the notebooks ready, because we’re about to take you through the slip resistant shoe recipe.

The “upper”

Obviously, there are a few factors that go into making each slip resistant shoe. Material, construction, cushioning and support should all be considered. The “upper” of a shoe is the material that covers the toes, as well as the back, sides, and top of the foot. Uppers can be made of one or more materials, including leather, action leather, suede, and mesh.

Did we lose you already? Allow us to explain. Full grain leather is generally found on dress shoes, and it presents a more “finished” appearance. It’s also easy to clean and very durable. So for those of you who didn’t even know that shoes are supposed to be cleaned, this might be for you.

Action leather is found on athletic or casual shoes (hence the whole “action” part of the name. We know…brilliant). This material is more flexible and more breathable than full grain leather. So if you suffer from sweaty and smelly feet, do yourself (and the world) a favor by trying action leather.  

Mesh/Suede tends to be found as accents on work shoes. Suede offers a pleasing aesthetic quality while mesh affords more breathability for dry feet while on the job.

The insole

An “insole” is the interior part of the shoe that the foot rests on. This piece has usually been enhanced with extra cushioning in the heel or “impact zone”. Various levels of cushioning are used to make your feet feel as if they’re walking on a cloud. Note: never attempt to walk on an actual cloud. It will end poorly.

Cushioned insoles have some padding in the heel, and are generally found in low profile Oxford shoes. Full cushion insoles have cushioning in the heel and impact zone areas, and this is typically found in low profile athletic shoes.

Extra cushion insoles are exactly what they sound like: MAXIMUM CUSHIONING ACTIVATED! This is found mainly in athletic shoes. Lastly, impact zone padding is the extra cushioning at the ball of your foot.

 

The midsole

The midsole is the portion of the shoe between the insole and outsole that provides foot support, cushioning and stability. It’s also commonly referred to as the “footbed” (and who doesn’t need another bed in their life?)

Improvements in midsole technology now allow for more cushion, greater arch support and even ergonomic designs to decrease foot, leg and back pain! This is especially important for anyone with flat feet or high arches, as not choosing a shoe with the proper midsole could lead to pain at work. And trust us, that’s the last thing you need.

 

The lining

We’ve gone through the meat of our recipe, but we can’t forget about dessert! While some overlook the lining of a work shoe when considering comfort, the proper shoe lining is absolutely important. A mesh fabric lining will wick away moisture to maintain a cool, dry shoe interior. A proper lining means more comfort and fewer odors (win and double win). The lining is there to help your feet out, so don’t forget about it!

Last but certainly not least… our patented MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole.

That’s right folks, we saved the best for last. Our MaxTrax® slip resistant outsole is the final ingredient in this recipe for success.

The exclusive pattern developed for MaxTrax® is intended to give the outsole the highest amount of surface area possible, while still providing deep grooves arranged to help channel liquids. This specialized groove design allows for an essential self-cleaning feature that keeps the bottom of your shoes cleaner than many other slip resistant work shoes.

Using a flexible, soft rubber compound outsole – The MaxTrax® outsole provides more give upon impact, which allows for a reinforced grip and a better hold on the ground. In our independent Brungrabber Mark II slip resistance testing in greasy, high soil, oily/wet, and wet environments, MaxTrax® proved itself to be an icon of slip resistance. MaxTrax® far surpassed the Coefficient of Friction (i.e. the measure of slip resistance) necessary to make a safe step in each test.

Now that you know what they’re made of, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com

Top 10 Tips for Finding the Perfect Fit

We’ve all made the regrettable decision to purchase shoes that pinch, rub, leave blisters, or are just too darn tight. Not only are these beautiful, ill-fitting monstrosities uncomfortable, they can really do a number on your feet as well.

How can you avoid them though? Follow our helpful tips below as a guide to find the perfect fit for your feet.

  • Measure your feet or try on shoes toward the end of the day when your feet are their largest.

We know gravity and physics aren’t easy concepts for everyone, so we’ll just cut to the chase. Your feet actually get bigger as the days goes on – as you walk and stand through the day, your feet expand under your weight.

 

  • When trying on shoes, make sure there is up to ½” of space left between the end of your big toe (or longest toe) and the end of the shoe.

Remember that tip about trying on your shoes at the end of the day? This is why… well, this is part of the reason why. The other half of the reason is due to the fact that when we walk, our toes create a slight back-and-forth motion. In order to protect your toes while they are in motion and make sure that you have enough room, you are going to want that half-inch space between your longest toe and the shoe, just trust us on this one.

 

  • Ensure that the toe box of the shoe is wide and roomy enough for your toes.

If your toes feel like they are being squeezed by a boa constrictor, then there’s a good chance that your shoes are too tight. On the plus side though, you’re probably not about to become the main course for a reptile today. Make sure that you have plenty of “wiggle room”, and that your feet are able to spread out comfortably. Don’t get shoes that cause you to have your toes overlap. You never know, they might get stuck like that!

 

  • Always shop for shoes depending on how well they fit your feet, not based on the shoe size.

Alright, ladies and gents. It’s time to get real about this issue. We have to stop the stigma that certain shoe sizes mean certain things. Smaller shoe sizes won’t make you any more “dainty”, and larger shoe sizes are not the best way to assert “dominance”. Be yourself, and get a pair of shoes that actually fit you properly. And for those of you out there that like to shop without trying on your clothing and attire, be warned: not all brands are created identically. What one brand deems to be a Women’s 8.5, could be another brand’s size 9.

 

  • Make sure there is enough room for the ball of your foot – it should fit comfortably at the widest part of your shoe.

 

The proper fit happens when the widest point of your foot (the ball) is located exactly in the widest part of the shoe. When that happens, the arch of your foot fits precisely with the arch of the shoe, giving you maximum support. In the SR Max® world, we like to refer to this area as the slip-resistant sweet spot.

 

  • Your heel should not slip up and down inside the shoe as you walk, they should be stable with minimal slippage as you move.

If your heel slips when you walk, this is either a sign of a shoe that is too large or a shoe that is simply not designed to fit the specific needs of your foot.

 

  • Don’t buy shoes that are too small, hoping that they’ll stretch out.

Let’s use some common sense with this one, guys. You can’t shove a larger object into a smaller one and expect it to fit. Now we get it, there are articles out there that tell you that you can make your shoes larger by sticking them in the freezer with water.  But we all know there’s only so much stretching that can occur here. Stick to the basics and just spare yourself the “cold feet” and get a pair of shoes that don’t require much effort to wear!

 

  • Spend time walking in the shoes to make sure the fit is correct and comfortable.

It’s true, some things in life require a test drive before purchase. Shoes should definitely be one of those items. While in the store (or even at home, if you ordered online) take some time to walk around on a carpeted, clean surface to get a feel for how the shoes will fit. Trust us, this will help you if you ever need to return them. 

 

  • Choose a pair of shoes that accommodate your arch type (ex. for flat feet, find a pair of shoes with extra arch support).

Some of us have high arches, some of us have falling arches, and some of us have flat feet. Make sure that you are choosing a pair that fit your arch type. Several brands will even call out this specific feature in order to help you make a more informed decision, while other brands are known to provide a certain level of arch support. When all else fails, don’t be afraid to try on different styles, brands, and sizes to figure out what suits you best.

 

  • Make sure the shoes you get will keep your feet comfortable if you have to stand or walk for long periods of time.

When your job has you on your feet all day, you will need to make sure that your slip resistant work shoes are up for the task. You need shoes that will provide you with enough support and cushioning in all the right places (especially your arches) to prevent you from having general foot pain and even blisters.

 

Easy, right? If you follow the simple tips above, you’ll be sure to find a shoe with the kind of fit you’ve always wanted.
Want to learn more about the comfort technologies that we offer? Check us out at srmax.com today!

The Customer Service Crash Course

 

Whether you’re a 16-year-old starting your first job as a grocery store cashier or a sales team veteran, a customer service refresher is never a bad thing. Working with the public can be challenging at times. Maybe a customer is just having a bad day, or maybe they do have a legitimate frustration with a part of the process that we could learn from if we are open-minded and ready to listen.

So have a seat because class is in session! Let’s go through the steps to becoming a customer service pro.

 

You’ll need some patience

In a perfect world, we’d be able to meet all customer needs at all times. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, so customers are going to have frustrations at times.

When these cases arise, all that you can do is remain calm and work with the customer to fix the issue. And if the customer becomes argumentative, never fight back. If you cannot fix the issue for whatever reason, refer the customer to your superior to work something out.

The customer service industry isn’t for everyone. If you don’t take being yelled at or criticized by strangers very well, then this may not be for you. It takes a lot of self-control, patience, and some thick skin to make it through some days. Just remember to try and use positive language, stay cheerful no matter what, and always attempt to satisfy the customer.

 

A strong work ethic is required

Customer service means long days on your feet or on the phone and a lot of interactions with customers. While you’ll be seeing or talking to dozens of customers throughout the day, their interaction with you is likely their only interaction with the company. Therefore, you need to be constantly on your game and ready to meet a customer’s needs at all times.

You won’t be able to afford any slacking off time. One bad customer experience can lead to a store complaint or a bad review online. So while some days feel longer than others, always remember to keep your work ethic up, stay positive, and be there for every single customer that you come into contact with.

 

You’d better know what you’re selling

It is ALWAYS your responsibility in any type of customer service field to be knowledgeable about the products that you carry. A lot of customers have questions before they make a purchase, so you should spend some time getting comfortable with the products that you sell.

However, if you really don’t know the answer to a customer’s question, it’s okay to say that you don’t know! Most customers will understand, but you should immediately find someone who does know the answer rather than just leaving the customer to fend for themselves.

And “I don’t know” is not a permanent solution. If this is your go-to answer for all questions, customers will begin to notice and get upset, so remember to keep the customer in mind and learn as much as you can about your particular business.

 

In conclusion…

The customer service field is all about catering to customer needs and keeping them happy. It requires patience, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to being knowledgeable about your particular industry. Customer Service jobs can be a lot of fun if you’re a people person, and most customers can be really enjoyable to interact with.

Class dismissed!

 

Looking for more helpful tips for your industry? Learn more at www.srmax.com !

 

The Most Commonly Slipped-On Surfaces

It’s true…Americans slip and fall a lot. In fact, over one million Americans suffer a slip and fall injury every year. You’d almost wonder how we get so much done when we’re spending that much time letting gravity take us down. We slip both outside and inside on water, ice, grease spots, floor wax, your toddler’s apple sauce, and anything in between.

Well, let’s all fight back with a “not today, gravity” and identify some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces.

Interior Flooring Surfaces

When a floor is waxed or cleaned, a wet floor sign should obviously be put up. However, people don’t always do things that they’re supposed to do. So if you see the hardwood floor shining back up at you thanks to that fresh wax reflecting the ceiling lights, it’s probably in your best interest to proceed with caution.

Mopping can have the same effect, and in facilities like restaurants or grocery stores that are constantly being mopped, you must always be alert for any slick or slippery areas. The services, wholesale, and retail trade industries combined account for over 60% of injuries from same-level slip and fall incidents.

So if you work in one of these industries, stay alert at all times, watch where you’re walking (that means don’t have your head buried down in your phone), and if you do see a slick spot, throw that wet floor sign out there.

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Most outdoor slip and fall injuries are the result of hazardous weather conditions (thanks, Earth). Whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, we love to slip on it. The weather is unpredictable and can change at any time, so unless you plan on never venturing outside again, there’s not much that you can do about avoiding it. Just stay alert and walk slowly if the elements do turn nasty.

But even on a sunny day, the outdoors are the host of several hazards that can cause falls. Uneven sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots are just perfect for the unsuspecting person to trip on. There’s no better way to start your day than by tripping on a pothole and watching your coffee go flying through the air. So stay alert, and always watch where you walk.

Entrances and Exits

Oh, you thought that all of Earth’s wonderful weather was just going to stay outside? If only that were the case. When people walk inside on a rainy or snowy day, they track in all of the water from outside and leave it nicely placed in the entryway of the building.

Now hopefully this building has a doormat at all entrances and exits, but if they don’t, these areas transform from doorways to slip-n-slides. And trust us, slipping your way into a grocery store isn’t exactly the most graceful way to do it. So stay alert when entering any building on a rainy day.

Obviously, nothing can protect you from all of these surfaces, but if you find yourself working in slippery conditions more often than not, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com.

Staying Safe While Working on a Cruise Line

As cruise ships continue to become larger and accident reports continue to progress in great numbers, we are left wondering what exactly is being done to better train crewmembers in the event of an emergency at sea or in port.  Every crew member should have at least some familiarity with how to properly handle any onboard situation, including how to best evacuate passengers in the event of the vessel becoming disabled, what to do in the event of an onboard emergency, and (most importantly) how to keep themselves safe while on the job, especially when it comes to slip and fall accidents.

Safety is the top priority for both passengers and crew members while on board the ship. As passengers are continuously coming on board for an unforgettable time at sea, crewmembers must enforce safety protocol for everyone on board, in order to make sure that no one’s life is put in immediate danger.

Food for thought: If crewmembers are not following proper protocol to maintain onboard safety, how can they be trusted with ensuring that passengers are kept safe? Here are a few safety tips that crewmembers should follow to guarantee that everyone remains safe and has an exceptional time while on board.

Know the Maritime Laws:

Since each vessel usually flies a foreign flag, it can be difficult to understand the difference between each country’s laws and what constitutes acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Be sure to learn your cruise company’s requirements,including regulatory maritime and cruise ship laws to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at all times (and most importantly not endangering anyone).

Participate in Safety Meetings:

Upon each new boarding, crew members should participate in a safety meeting, usually carried out right before your ship leaves port. It is in these meetings that you will be informed of your duties in the case of an emergency, and will be required to know where you need to congregate in the event of an accident or evacuation.

Obtain certificates in Basic Firefighting, Survival at Sea and Basic First Aid:

Once on board a vessel, crew members are expected to know how to operate lifeboats, where the boats and rafts are located, how to launch them, and know about the different fire-extinguishers on board and what kind of fire they are used for. Basic First Aid is also required to address any type of non-life threatening injury while onboard.

Acquire a pair of Slip Resistant Shoes:

In order to help keep crew members accident free, slip resistant work shoes are a great asset to each worker’s uniform. With a slip resistant sole, crew members are kept safe at work and experience a decrease in slip and fall injuries when it comes to working around unseen spills.  

Other sea-worthy tips:

There’s actually more to sizing than meets the eye. When you’re on your feet for eight hours a day, your shoes need to fit perfectly. Or else…the improperly fitted shoe demons will haunt you until you find yourself cursing the creator of the first ever pair of shoes (there’s a history lesson here that this writer knows nothing about).

  • By protecting yourself with slip-resistant footwear, you are being a more effective team member. When you aren’t worried about slipping at work, you can do your job more adequately. When you aren’t worried about getting injured, you enjoy your time at work even more. Your overall health isn’t something to wager with, so by wearing the right safety footwear, you can protect yourself.
  • While you may be unaware of the risk that you are taking, you’re setting yourself up for an accident waiting to happen. By wearing proper slip resistant work shoes, you can do yourself a favor and help to reduce the risks associated with improper workplace footwear.
  • Foot injuries are among the leading causes of workplace injuries, safety shoes are designed to prevent those types of accidents from doing some serious damage.
  • The right pair of safety toe boots can protect you from falling objects, punctures, lacerations, sprains, and even falls. That’s a list that you that don’t want your feet to be a part of. With a pair of steel toed boots, these injuries can be prevented. You’ll also be saving yourself a trip to the doctor’s office and a few weeks with your foot wrapped and elevated.

These are just a few of the many safety recommendations for cruise ship workers when it comes to staying safe at sea and at port. It is crucial for us as crewmembers to understand that our responsibility is ensuring the safety of everyone on board (including ourselves), as well as our duty to protect passengers per maritime law.

For more information on work safety tips, visit us on our website at srmax.com.

 

Slippery (Resistance) When Wet

Slips and falls can occur almost anywhere at any time. Didn’t see that grease spot on the kitchen floor? There’s a slip and fall right into the refrigerator. Missed that patch of black ice while walking into work in the middle of January? Now you’re laying on the sidewalk with a freshly sprained ankle.

If you work in slick and slippery environments, you may find that meetings between you and the ground are becoming more and more common due to slips and falls. Not wanting to hurt yourself and miss any time from work, it’s important to know just how to handle slippery conditions. Here are some of our tips.

Take slooooow steps (and learn how to do the shuffle)

There’s no need to rush over slippery spots. Take slow, small steps whenever you need to walk across potential slip hazards. Slowing your steps down also means that you can use your feet as “probes” to detect just how slippery the surface in front of you is.

Always watch where you’re stepping before you actually take a step. If you’re walking slowly, your reaction time will be more responsive to changes in traction. If stepping is too dangerous, do the shuffle! Keep your feet on the ground (at least one foot apart) and just glide and dance your way across that spill. We wouldn’t recommend practicing your ice dance routine, though.

Bend your knees, and walk flat-footed

Life is all about balance, right? Well, the same is true for walking over slippery surfaces. You’re going to want to make sure that you are as centered and balanced as possible. While walking, slightly bend your knees and try to walk flat-footed as much as you can. This keeps your center of gravity over your feet to maintain that perfect balance. To help with this, point your feet slightly outward.

Remember, none of this has to be too drastic. We don’t want you squatting down like a crab and walking sideways with your feet pointed out. Just get your feet directly underneath you and keep them flat while taking (slow) steps.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…balance beams!

Remember when you were a kid on the playground walking along the balance beams? You didn’t keep your hands close to your sides to keep yourself balanced. You extended them straight out to your sides!

Now, do the same thing when walking across a slippery surface. Keep your arms extended to the sides to maintain your balance. And if you haven’t read a single word yet, remember this tip: Never keep your hands in your pockets. Not only will your balance be poor, but if you do slip, you won’t have your arms out to protect yourself. Hello, missing teeth.

Handrails are there for a reason

Those cute little handrails next to steps aren’t just there for decoration. They might be the one thing that keeps you from slipping and falling, so use them! If the stairs are slippery, use any railings that you can find to keep yourself balanced and upright.

If there aren’t any railings insight, try to use a wall, counter, or other surfaces nearby to grab onto while walking across the slippery surface. If all else, fails, take the balance beam approach we mentioned earlier.

Are slips common at your job? Then wear the proper footwear!

If you work in an environment where slips are a regular occurrence, then it’s important for you to have on a pair of slip-resistant shoes at all times. Interested in checking out some of our own styles? Feel free to browse through them at https://www.srmax.com/

Helpful Tips for New Bussers

So you’re new to the restaurant biz. By now, you’ve probably learned that restaurant jobs entail several hours on your feet while constantly having to run around picking up empty dishes and clearing tables. Oh, and then you get to remain on your feet as you spend even more time washing them in the kitchen.

But hey, you still play a key role in the restaurant. While you may believe that it’s far from glamorous, these are just the humble beginnings on your journey to becoming an award-winning chef someday. And even if being a head chef is not your ultimate goal, you are building a work ethic that will last a lifetime and cultivating your ability to work with a team.

In the meantime, here’s some of our tips for new bussers.

Don’t wait till the end of the meal to clear all of the dishes

People eat a lot of food and order a lot of different dishes throughout their meals. So unless you want to see Mount Dish Monster begin to rise up on tables across the restaurant, work with the waitstaff to clear dishes throughout the meal. You’ll thank us later.

For example, clear appetizer plates and soup bowls from earlier in the meal to make room on the table for the entree plates. Just remember to always ask if the customer is done with their plate before you take it from them. Imagine the horror of a five-year-old kid looking over to discover that his plate of half-finished mac and cheese has suddenly vanished. Now you have a screaming kid in full tantrum mode in the middle of your restaurant. Way to go. Nobody wants to deal with that, so just ask.

Be invisible when removing dishes from tables

Since you don’t have an actual cloak of invisibility on you, you’re going to have to improvise here. The best bussers are quiet and nonchalant while removing dishes from tables and taking them back to the kitchen to be washed.

Only use your hands to clear a table while customers are there. This means that you shouldn’t be rolling out large trays, buckets, or dish racks while your customers are eating. Nothing says ambient and peaceful dining like dishes clanking together on a dirty tray with leftover pasta sauce seeping through it.

Don’t forget about the unused tables

Obviously, it’s important to ensure that the tables being used by customers are cleaned prior to being used. When a customer is seated, they should find a clean table awaiting them. However, don’t ignore the other tables scattered around the restaurant that aren’t currently being used.

Imagine that you’re being seated at a restaurant. Your table is clean and set for you, but the table right next to yours is covered in used napkins, ketchup smears, and the other busser is asleep on the booth chair. That’s not exactly the look that your restaurant is trying to capture, and the customers notice this. Even if their table is clean, other nasty tables may give them the impression that this restaurant is dirty, so make sure that all tables are constantly being cleaned. Remember, you are part of a team.

Be helpful wherever you can, but recognize if you can’t

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should always go the extra mile. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also get you noticed by your superiors. Good bussers should learn as much as they can about the restaurant and its menu so that they can answer customer questions when they arise. Also, if you notice a small customer need such as a drink refill, you can help out with these simple tasks as well.

However, if a customer needs something or asks a question that you don’t know or don’t have the authority to complete, promptly find them a staff member who can help. Remember, these are still your humble beginnings, so it’s not time to go all executive chef right now. Help out where you can, get noticed, and start climbing up that food ladder!

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