Continuous Improvement: Why Trust Is The Bedrock Of Excellence In Hospitality

In the hospitality industry, nothing is static. New innovations are always emerging, customer expectations evolving, and regulatory standards shifting. So amidst all of these challenges, how can your business ensure its ongoing success?

The answer is simple: by cultivating a meaningful, trusting relationship with your customers.

But this is by no means a one-off effort. Genuine trust between business and consumer is fostered by a commitment to continuous improvement – through identifying areas in which your business can do better, and actively striving to make those changes. Interested to know what happens when you do? Stick with us to find out…

Raising the bar in safety standards

We’re in an era of heightened awareness around health and safety concerns. From the lasting ramifications of the pandemic, to high profile allergy awareness cases, like that of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, customers are increasingly discerning about their well-being while dining out.

And for your business, this represents both a challenge and an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to safeguarding the health and safety of your guests and staff – beyond just regulatory compliance.

Genuine improvement is about taking a proactive approach to customer care, by…

  • Identifying potential risks
  • Implementing robust safety measures
  • Promoting a culture of vigilance among your team members
  • Prioritising safety and delivering outstanding customer service

By ditching the idea of safety as a mere box-ticking exercise, you can prevent incidents before they happen.

Future-proof your hospitality business

If your chips aren’t the crispiest, your beds the comfiest, and your service the friendliest, there’s always another establishment just around the corner, ready and willing to steal your customers. Safety standards are no exception to this rule.

Maintaining a mentality of continuous improvement through times of change equips your business with the agility needed to adapt swiftly – ensuring relevance and resilience in a dynamic environment. What’s more, by embracing feedback from your customers, you can further tailor your offering to meet their evolving needs.

67% of consumers report food safety as their top priority when dining out, while 69% are concerned about allergen labelling standards. Which is why a robust health and safety policy shouldn’t just be considered a box tick – it’s a strategic business decision, guaranteed to stand the test of time.

Repeat business, rave reviews

Hospitality businesses committed to consistently refining their set-up and services ultimately instil a sense of loyalty among guests, who feel valued and secure. Salesforce research found that 89% of customers are more likely to make another purchase following a positive experience.

They’re also more inclined to recommend your establishment to others – amplifying your business’ reach through word-of-mouth marketing. Both of these factors not only lead to increased revenue for your business – they also enhance your reputation as a go-to provider of exceptional experiences.

Create a culture of continuous improvement

Luckily, there are a few simple steps that can help you foster a culture of continuous improvement throughout your hospitality business:

  • SWOT analysis: Assess your current situation to give you a clear understanding of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • Set SMART goals: Outline specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives based on your analysis.
  • Get your team on board: Encourage participation and commitment by providing opportunities for staff to share their ideas – for example, a suggestions box.
  • Check in with customers: Regularly seek feedback from visitors and guests to identify areas for improvement and show that you value their input – for example, customer reviews or post-experience communications.
  • Review and repeat: Continuously evaluate progress, celebrate successes, learn from your mistakes, and set new goals.

The best part? You don’t have to do it alone…

Raise the bar, with Shield Safety

At Shield Safety, we partner with hospitality businesses, like yours, to drive continuous improvement throughout operations – creating solid foundations for trust and consistently boosting standards in safety, service, and customer satisfaction.

By conducting comprehensive safety audits and implementing tailored, software-driven solutions that tackle specific challenges head on, we enable you to mitigate risk, and most importantly, consistently deliver unforgettable experiences to your guests. Ready to get started?

Join Shield Safety on June 4th from 10-11 am for our webinar, How to Build Consumer Confidence in Your Brand. Discover how prioritising safety in hospitality can boost consumer trust, elevate your reputation, and drive repeat business. Stand out in the competitive landscape by prioritising safety.

Watch our webinar on building consumer confidence in your brand

20/05/2024

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