Category Archives: Safety Tips

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.
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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!

 

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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/

Treating and Preventing Foot Pain

In many industries that some of our customers work in, you’re required to be on your feet for eight hours a day. People who work in restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and more are expected to stand nearly all day, and we understand that providing great customer service sometimes gets a bit difficult when your feet and legs are screaming at you. So if standing on your feet all day is causing you to think, “if one more customer asks me to walk them back to the milk section, they’re getting that milk dumped all over them,” read on for some tips on how to keep the pain in your feet low after a long shift.

Change how you stand

Yes, you’ve been standing since you learned how to walk, so we trust that you know how to do it fairly well by now. However, you may still be standing incorrectly while working. First, don’t lock your knees and stand in the same position for long periods of time. This puts stress on your joints and will cause pain and potential health problems later in life. Also, it might cause you to get light headed and pass out. And while that does get you out of work, good luck facing your coworkers the next day with that big dent in your forehead from slamming into the cash register.

Casually bounce on your knees often and do some simple leg stretches during your shift. Also, make sure that your weight is not always shifted more on one leg than the other. Balance your weight equally between both of your feet.

Take some “posture breaks”

When you do get quick breaks from work and you’re scarfing down as much food as you can before it ends, remember to use these times as a chance to change your poster a bit and do some easy foot exercises. A good one to try is rolling, and this is when you remove your shoes (away from your coworkers, please and thanks), and roll a tennis or lacrosse ball around under each foot for one to five minutes. This “massage” gives your feet some relief before standing again.

Lunges are also a great way to stretch out your thigh and hamstring muscles when you get a free minute or two. They get you out of your standing posture and give your leg muscles a chance to “breathe” by stretching them out. Also, ankle rolls are a great way to relieve some stress on your feet. Roll your foot clockwise and counterclockwise from the ankle down 10 to 15 times. These are best to do when you’re sitting down so that you don’t have to stand on one leg while doing them.

Did we say strrrreeeetch?

Do some foot stretches! The plantar muscle runs from the back of your feet to the toes, and it gets tight and painful after being used all day. You can stretch it out in a few different ways. You could simply cross one leg over the other while sitting and grab the big toe and pull on it to create a nice stretch. Or you could stretch your leg out and wrap a towel around the bottom of your foot and pull on it that way.

These stretches, combined with the rolling and lunges that we mentioned earlier, are a great way to relieve your feet and calves from the pain of standing all day.

Make sure you have on the proper footwear

If you’re trying to stand on your feet for eight hours a day in shoes with little to no padding or cushioning, best of luck to you. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you when you’re laying in bed that night wondering if you’ll ever be able to walk again. Having shoes with extra padding and cushioning that actually support your feet make a world of difference during those long shifts on your feet. Also, getting your feet and shoes properly sized is necessary if you don’t want them to pinch or rub the wrong way all day.

Buying a cushioned mat to stand on helps to alleviate the pressure on your feet as well. Most retail stores already provide one if you’re standing at a cash register, but if they don’t, it’s a great investment for your feet! 

Want to learn more about SR Max® and the services that we offer? Check us out at srmax.com to learn more!

Helpful Tips for CNA’s

Nursing assistants are crucial parts of the overall nursing team, and their job is incredibly important. You’re on your feet nearly all day caring for residents and patients in a nursing home, and many of them can consume most of your time and attention.

In a job as important and challenging as this one, we’re sure that you’ll take all of the tips you can get. Here’s a few from the people who want to take care of your feet:

Obviously…Take care of your feet!

So we’re a bit biased when it comes to the most important part of the human body. However, for a CNA who spends most of the day on their feet, the foot really is important. Patients aren’t the only injured people in hospitals; employees can slip and hurt themselves as well, so you should take care in making sure that this doesn’t happen to you.

Having a pair of slip-resistant shoes is a great preventative measure that you can take. There are plenty of spills inside hospitals or nursing homes, so feeling confident and safe in your work environment is the first step in doing your job well. You also don’t want to come home to throbbing foot pain at the end of each day, so getting comfortable shoes with enough padding and support is necessary as well.

Keep a journal with you, and write until your hand falls off

Not actually…trying to do this job with one hand would be interesting. A CNA will spend the day doing so many tasks and juggling multiple patients. Unless your brain has a portable hard drive stored within it, you’re simply not going to remember everything.  

Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep a small notebook to write down what needs to be done for each patient, and any other reminders for yourself or questions for your supervisor.

This notebook can also be used to write down patient tendencies and other information about your day-to-day duties. Just write it all down so it becomes impossible to forget!  In addition to kicking forgetfulness to the curb, writing lists can also reduce your level of stress due to the fact that it gives you a chance to collect yourself and mentally prepare for the day ahead.

Ask ALL the questions

In this profession, there’s no such thing as “too many questions.” You’re handling the health and well-being of real people. If you don’t know how to do something, it’s a wise idea to ask someone who does rather than winging it on a real live human being.

Learn from your supervisor and observe everything that they do before you attempt it. Ask previous CNA’s what they have done in similar situations too. Learning from those who have been there before is the best way to start gaining experience. And remember: THERE ARE NO STUPID QUESTIONS especially when you are in charge of someone else’s care.

Organization = Relaxation  

Well, maybe not relaxation… but it will certainly make the daily duties a little less stressful!

A CNA is constantly running around in and out of rooms, taking care of several patients at a time. Even that sentence was a mouthful, so it’s hard to imagine what this job is like without actually doing it. If you don’t stay organized, the job will get the better of you.

Arrive to work a few minutes early and start planning out your day and prioritizing certain tasks. These tasks can be written down in your handy notebook that we talked about earlier. Also, gather all of the supplies that you need for each patient before entering the room to care for them.

Lastly, when you’re taking the vitals for various patients, make sure you document each of them immediately following the tests. This allows the patient records to stay up-to-date and all of the other practitioners can view the records quickly as well. Like we said, this job requires a lot of organization, preparation, and documentation.

Don’t forget about the most important factor in this equation: YOU!

To do this job, you need to take care of yourself. Whether this is by taking care of your feet, hands or anything else, always ensure that your health is the priority. If you’re sick you can’t provide the care that your patients need. Especially if you’re in a nursing home for the elderly, you cannot come to work with any type of bug because these patients are particularly susceptible to illnesses.

While this job is a handful, it is extremely rewarding being able to help so many people each day. Follow these tips, and you’ll be able to come home each day and kick your (well-taken care of) feet up on the couch and relax.

For more tips and information about the products we offer, check us out at srmax.com.

Why You Should Take the Time to Get a Shoe Fitting

If you’re over the age of five, you probably know your own shoe size. You may not think that you need help getting your own shoes properly fitted by a professional because it’s common sense, right?

One would think.

But, 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). Let’s meet some demons that you’ll need to avoid:

The Piercing Pincher

Picture this: You arrive at work for your first day with your new pair of slip-resistant shoes. You’re feeling confident, safe, and looking great with all of the stylish swagger that your shoes provide.

Flash forward five hours: the toe of your shoe is so tight around your big toe that you’ve lost all feeling in it. Does your big toe even still exist down there? These are the questions you’re asking yourself while praying that the minute hand on the clock ticks faster to your next break.

This horrible scenario could have all been avoided if you had been fitted by a professional. They would know exactly where your big toe should be within the shoe while standing, and they’d feel it and double check with you before you ever leave the store or shoemobile. Next time, do this and don’t end up questioning whether your big toe is still there during your first day in your new shoes.

The Stinging Slipper

“But they felt ok when I tried them on in the store!” Those are the famous last words of someone who tried on shoes and didn’t bother to test them out by walking around the store on a carpeted surface before buying them.

Imagine: You’re walking into work with your new pair of shoes on and notice that they’re a bit big and slip when you walk. Oh well; you’re late for work and need to get inside to start your shift.

Flash forward three hours: the dinner rush is in full swing and your new shoe demons have created two or three blisters across your feet the size of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot! If one more customer asks you to walk the entirety of the restaurant for an extra napkin, you’re going to place the shoes in the parking lot and run them over and over until they become a part of the pavement.

Now, if you had gotten your shoes properly fitted by one of our experts, you would know exactly how long and wide the shoe should be to fit your feet. Our expert would explain to you that the ball of your foot should rest on the widest part of your shoe and would also have you walk around the store in the shoes to ensure that they don’t slip. Next time, do this and don’t end up making your new shoes a part of the pavement outside.

Any questions? Feel free to visit our sizing and fitting page here to read about specific shoe sizes and width letters.

 

How to Keep Calm When You’re in The Weeds

As a member of a restaurants waitstaff, you are probably all too familiar with the term “In the Weeds”. For those of you that don’t, this term usually refers to a time during a waiter’s shift when they begin to feel stressed by multiple customers demanding their attention.

 

In an industry that usually relies on tips in order to make ends meet, you can’t afford to let stress impact your ability to serve everyone in a charming, professional manner. Check out these tips on how to manage those extremely busy shifts stress-free and with ease!

Communication is Key

As with most professions, it is important to communicate with fellow employees and customers. This still rings true in the restaurant industry. Even when you are extremely busy, it is important to take the extra few seconds to introduce yourself to your table, take their order, and make sure they feel like you are there for them.

Prioritize

This one might seem less important, but trust us, you are going to want to prioritize your customers based on where they are at in their meal. Make sure to greet customers that have just been seated as quickly as possible. From there you can prioritize customers based on who needs refills, or changes to their order, who just got their food, and who is ready for their check. As a server, it is up to you to figure out the sweet spot between checking in on your customers too much, and not enough.

Come Prepared

The last thing you want to do when you’re in the middle of a busy shift is stop to complete small tasks such as folding silverware or brewing coffee. One easy way to prevent these minor yet important tasks from piling up and affecting your productivity is to simply do as much as possible ahead of time. It not only keeps you focused on your tables, but it will also keep you from rushing, which can potentially lead to poor service for customers.

Most Importantly, keep your cool.

Don’t let the pressure get to you. Break a seemingly endless list of requests and duties down into single tasks that you can check off your mental to-do list. This will not only help you focus, but it will give you small, manageable goals. Breaking the endless list down will make it easier for you to concentrate, stay on task and keep calm, all of which will translate into a positive experience for your customers. Because at the end of the day, happy customers leave better tips!

 

For more tips like this, and information about our slip-resistant shoes, visit us online at srmax.com

Safety Tips for Any Industry

Restaurants, hospitals, and warehouses can be some of the most dangerous places to work when it comes to slips and falls. Liquid spills, oily floors, and even dust can pose a threat to your safety and well-being at work.

Check out our 12 Safety Tips and get inspired to help make your own work environments safer and more productive. Click the link below to download a pdf version for your employees and coworkers:

Click here for a print download.

Looking to learn more about our slip-resistant shoes? Check us out at www.srmax.com