The right HR software can help your restaurant business to hire, run payroll, keep up with changing shift schedules, and generally help you automate managing employees.
This article is for people in the restaurant industry who want to understand what the best HR tools are for your business. You may own and operate one location, many locations, a franchise, or you may be a dedicated human resource professional.
We focused this list on labor management tools that can help you streamline your human resources from hiring to onboarding, scheduling, time clocking, payroll and more.
7Shifts was built specifically to be a human resources software for the restaurant industry. So, it’s probably no surprise that they have a wide range of functionality across: employee scheduling, time clocking, labor compliance, and team communication.
They integrate with all the usual suspects on the POS and payroll software side of things so you won’t have to switch up your other systems.
They have a free tier for <10 employee restaurants, and their pricing goes up to $70/mo/location (billed annually).
TalentReef is a human resources software platform for hourly workers, and of course many restaurants use them to manage their labor.
Their talent management suite includes: applicant tracking, text recruiting, automated candidate screens, employee onboarding, and an employee self-service portal they can use to access trainings, set goals, and review paperwork.
Workstream is a text-based employee hiring and onboarding platform specifically designed for retailers and restaurants.
They’ll help distribute jobs to platforms like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Snagajob, and then allow job seekers to apply via text which cuts down on friction and allows you to decrease the time it takes to fill open roles.
You can also let employees apply in real time through text-to-apply posters in store.
Wordstream will also automate employee onboarding including the collection of important HR documents, running background checks, and even send training materials to new employees.
Lastly, there are some interesting analytics that give owners, especially those with larger businesses, insights into what is working within their hiring and onboarding process.
Some final thoughts on picking HR software for your restaurant business
Obviously some of the solutions above are great for smaller organizations as they have an all in one suite, and some are more specialized with a focus on hiring and onboarding employees.
I recommend you make a list of your top 3-5 must-have features (why you started the research in the first place), and then a few nice to haves.
Get demos with 2-3 of the above vendors that seem the best fit for what you want, keep good notes, and then get back to running your business!
Buying software can be stressful, time consuming, and of course costly. Just remember, the benefits of having the right automation in your employee management will more than make up for these negatives. Good luck!
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