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How to Analyze Restaurant/Bar Payroll (Basics)
Payroll is one of the biggest expenses in a restaurant or bar. Keeping close tabs on who does what and when can save you thousands. In hiring the best employees and training them properly, you must see if youâ€™re getting the most out of each employee. Here are some basic equations to analyze you payroll.
Step 1: Payroll can be analyzed in different ways but the first here is â€śCoversâ€ť per employee. A â€śCoverâ€ť could be defined as one personâ€™s table place setting. If you would like to know average number of covers per employee. Take the total number of covers served during the time period then divide this by the total number of employee.
Covers served/Number of employees = Covers per employees
Step 2: Another analysis method is sales per employee. Take the total sales for the time period and divide them between the number of employees. Total Sales/Number of employees = Sales per employee.
Step 3: Lastly, you can find sales per hour worked. Total Sales/ Total hours worked = Sales per hour worked. I find this an accurate way of analyzing payroll, however all these methods donâ€™t account for the timing of the covers. You may only have 20 covers in a shift, but if they are all at once, or spread out through an 8 hour shift, it makes it hard to staff. You must know your business and staff based off that. No equation can make up for bad service. You may have great looking payroll on paper, but that will not bring business back should it be poor.