At Red Lobster we understand that our people have obligations outside of our walls – that is why our restaurant leaders craft flexible schedules for our team members. We care about work/life balance and enable our team members to discover their ideal work schedule at Red Lobster.
David Mikulski, a manager from our Waterford Lakes location in Central Florida explained, “It’s vital to be flexible with scheduling team members because if we want them to be part of our team, we have to show the same flexibility we expect from them.” David’s restaurant is close to the University of Central Florida which has more than 60,000 students enrolled. “We have 90% university students on our team,” he said. “Not only are there class schedules to be flexible with, but there are finals and midterms to accommodate too.”
Our commitment to flexible scheduling isn’t just for students. We understand that team members need to support their families. “Between single parent households, many households having at least one person working more than one job, and the need for the younger generation to have to work to help support the household; we have the need to be flexible to build success,” David added.
We can maintain our unique level of flexibility by staying up to date with the latest scheduling strategies in the industry. Our team currently utilizes Hotschedules, a user-friendly scheduling software that keeps shifts up-to-date and organized. “Rather than having a board in your office with 1000 post-it notes, it’s easily able to be manipulated and changed,” David claimed about the innovative scheduling system.
The implementation of the Hotschedules software is just as beneficial to our Heart of House and Front of House team members as it is to our managers. Team members can quickly go into the system from their mobile device and schedule time off up to a year in advance – making it easier for our staff to plan for personal time and outside obligations.
Red Lobster’s commitment to flexibility allows team members to get the hours they need to achieve career success. “If we were not flexible, we probably wouldn’t be able to have the low turnover we have and also have the type of staff loyalty we do,” David explains. Our innovative approach to scheduling is only one of the many reasons why our team members are surpassing the industry’s standards for retention. Our scheduling practices keep shifts swimming smoothly while also promoting positivity in our workplace – allowing our team members to focus on being RL great!
Apply today to an open position near you, and see how you can start making the most out of your career with Red Lobster!