How do you train restaurant employees, and more importantly, how do you do it cost-effectively? How do you improve restaurant training so that it becomes more effective and provides you with new hires who know the expectations of their job on day one? Can this all be done quickly and with flexibility?  The answer is simple: employee video training. With the right learning management system (often referred to as an LMS) you can now improve restaurant efficiency from a financial, time and consistency standpoint. So now let's take a look at three of the best reasons to use video training with restaurants.

It Saves Money

When you choose video training for your restaurant employees, it cuts costs. There is no longer any need to pay as many infield trainers, purchase training materials or pay any related costs of travel or accommodations for training sessions in other locations. Indeed, according to B2C ('10 Reasons to Use Video for Employee Training and Development'), Microsoft was able to cut training costs by approximately $300 per trainee when they made the switch from classroom to video training. 

It's Effective and It Saves Time 

Forrester Research ('10 Reasons You Should Care About Video') found that employees are 75% more likely to watch video than read documents, emails or articles.  Interactive videos are a proven tool for increasing productivity and retaining training materials for employees. Employee video training can be effectively used for on-boarding, employee development, introducing changes to procedures and training with new systems to overall improve the restaurant experience. Interactive visual learning is a proven method of increasing learning retention over printed materials alone. The human brain absorbs 50% more information through moving pictures and sound than the next best medium. There can be no doubt as the efficacy of video training whatever the circumstances of your organization.

"By using employee training videos, you enable your workers to master skills faster by learning right where they perform their jobs."  - Bob Paulsen, CEO & Co-Founder of PlayerLync

Employee video training also saves time because each employee works at their own pace, not the pace of the group which helps increase restaurant efficiency. There's also no travel time involved or time to kill waiting for the scheduled class to begin or for group breaks. Video training also cuts out time otherwise spent on administrative tasks such as collating printed training materials, updating materials, taking attendance, class discussions or unexpected interruptions such as room changes and communicating to the group between sessions about such changes.

It's Flexible and Customizable

Video training is convenient as there is no set schedule required and employees can train when and where it makes the most sense. Learning Management Systems like PlayerLync make training simple and accessible for the mobile workforce.  PlayerLync is a mobile learning and operations software that integrates content distribution, e-learning and paperless operations into a single solution that helps the front line deliver exceptional customer experiences.

"We wanted to create a simple solution for the modern workforce that is constantly on the move and needs instant access to current information in a quick and engaging way.  By using employee training videos, you enable your workers to master skills faster by learning right where they perform their jobs."  - Bob Paulsen, CEO & Co-Founder of PlayerLync

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The shift toward video training shows employees that you are invested in training them in more effective and engaging ways, allows you to save money and to make content accessible and always up-to-date.