Editor’s Note: Today we’re excited to present a post from Jeremy Adams. Jeremy is the President/CEO of Prestige Food Trucks, which is the world’s leading custom food truck manufacturer. In his current role as President/CEO, Jeremy manages dozens of employees, interacts with clients, and maintains a healthy relationship with all of his business partners. Since Prestige, Jeremy has launched many other successful companies.
There are an endless amount of tips and tricks a manager can incorporate to lead his or her food truck team. Instead of getting into every tip out there, we want to focus on three manageable ingredients that you can start incorporating at your mobile kitchen today.
Ways To Lead Your Food Truck Team
- Have A Healthy Combination Between Work And Play
- Don’t Micromanage Too Much
- Make Communication A Key Ingredient
Have A Healthy Combination Between Work And Play
You’re operating a kitchen and you should take it seriously as a result; however, if you don’t create a fun environment, then your employees might not enjoy coming to work, it will feel more like a (bad) job for everyone involved (you included) and you won’t create an atmosphere that customers want to be around.
Everyone’s managing styles are different, but showing that you can lead by example (hard work in the kitchen) and also spread joy and happiness is a huge win for the atmosphere and community surrounding your truck. This is not an easy thing to achieve, but you know what it looks like when you see it — and the customers will as well.
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Don’t Micromanage Too Much
Your food truck business is your pride and joy, so you want things done a certain way. You might even be a perfectionist. However, you have to do your best to not micromanage too much. Employees will feel uncomfortable if you’re always looking over their shoulders or telling them they should do a task a certain way, especially when their way of doing a task is still getting the job done efficiently and effectively.
You, of course, need to be thorough in the beginning and map out exactly what your employees should be doing — and monitor them closely, as well as give tips and feedback, when they’re first starting — but once your employees have done the job long enough and feel comfortable, you should drop the micromanaging card altogether.
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Make Communication A Key Ingredient
There are some things that you shouldn’t tell your employees, but, for the most part, communication should be a key ingredient. Your employees shouldn’t be in the dark every time they come to work. In fact, when you communicate things (such as strategies, new locations, new meals, etc.), they will feel like they are part of a team, they won’t be thrown off guard (assuming you don’t tell them things last second) and morale could get a boost.
Communication can take your business to the next level, and a lack of it can lead to operations not running smoothly, for starters.
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