When hiring employees on your truck, focus their first 30 days on finding out as much as they can on the organization, the people, and their role. Today we’ll look at what you can do and what they can do in their first 30 days.
First 30 Days On The Food Truck
The First 30 Days: The Employer Perspective
A food truck employees training can start before they even step foot on the truck. Once informed that they have gotten the job, suggest they browse through your website. Also let them talk with people who know your business, such as current and former employees.
Soon after they begin the job, have them review your training manual and performance expectations. If they are going to be in a management position, have them look through recent reviews for your employees. They should meet with each of them one-on-one. They should also, ask about their view of the team and where it needs to go. While they’re taking in all of this information, be sure they develop hypotheses about what they need to get done and the best way to go about it. And of course, all of this learning will generate additional questions, so tell them to never stop asking them even when they’ve started to take action.
The First 30 Days: The Employee Perspective
So, you’ve just landed a new food truck job, welcome to the industry! Your first 30 days are your time to make a great impression. Prove your competency, and make sure the person who hired you agrees they made a good decision to bring you on board.
The best way is to spend your first 30 days on the truck is by learning the business. Also, take the time to observe your colleagues before you jump in. It can be difficult to take this kind of time to learn, especially in the mobile food industry where people get hired and are expected to “hit the ground running” or need to make an impact right away. Take your time to learn the systems and recipes so the boss doesn’t need to make constant corrections.
The Bottom Line
The first 30 days on your food truck is important to you and your employees. If you do it right, you’ll increase retention. This increased retention impacts your food truck’s culture, morale and productivity. Effective onboarding reduces employee ramp-up time. Studies show that effective properly onboarding reduces the time it takes a new employee to effectively contribute to your mobile food business.
Do you have a “First 30 Days” action plan in your food truck? We’d love to hear how you handle this important time in a food truck employees development from the experts. Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comment section or social media. Twitter | Facebook