3 Reasons to Use On-Board Housing for Your Drive-thru Speaker & Mic

It seems that with greater frequency people are asking to have their speaker and microphone as a part of their drive-thru menu board. Is this doable? Yes. Is it ideal? No. The reasons vary but can be summed up in short order.

To achieve the optimal sound quality from the communication system the speaker and mic should be within close proximity to the car. In doing such, the inevitable result positions the menu board right up against the curb. This has little to no effect on the driver or driver-side passengers. However, it becomes a bear for those on the passenger side to see the drive-thru as it offers no viewing angle. This leaves these poor souls scrambling for their yoga mats to do their best “upward dog” technique just to sneak a peek at the menu.

Another downside to the onboard setup is that it chews up a significant amount of your graphics space. For instance, take the drive-thru shown in the picture accompanying this blog, the restaurant loses one whole section of their menu board. We’ve actually gone away from this approach and have adopted side and top enclosures that angle towards the car. This way, you can maintain all your graphics space as well as your communication clarity.

With all that being said, there are three scenarios where the on-board speaker mic set up is more appropriate and, in some cases, the only option.

1- Budget
The benefit of having an “all-in-one” set up, which combines your menu board and your headset system, is that it only requires one concrete pad to be poured vs. two. It also eliminates the added expense of the speaker post that you’d need with the other setup. However, it is important to keep in mind that the concrete work isn’t too cumbersome and can be completed with little know-how, a sonotube, and concrete.

2- Available space
Sometimes the lay of the land just doesn’t cooperate. For instance, one of the local McDonald’s has its drive-thru lane pinned up against a retaining wall; there is literally no more room to be had. In these cases, you’re hamstrung into the onboard solution. You will also sometimes see this in dual lane setups where they need to minimize the width of each lane in order to fit the two paths.

3- Wall mount
This goes hand in hand with “budget” and “available space.” The only time you would want to go with a wall-mounted solution is to save some money (no concrete work, no conduit runs, easier install overall, etc.) or it is the only conceivable option for your drive-thru sign. In this case, you’ll more than likely have to house the speaker and mic in or near the sign

So as you can see, there are occasions where it makes sense to have on-board housing for your speaker and mic. However, if you have a few more nickels to spare and the available space at the job site, it is always recommended to have a separate enclosure for your speaker and mic. Just look at the “big guys.” If they have space, they are ALL independent of one another.

What Is A Toxic Restaurant Culture, And How Do You Fix It?

When we walk into a restaurant, we love seeing the waiters and servers with their pleasant smiles and elegant outfits, and if we are lucky, we may even be able to catch a glimpse of the head chef, all decked out in his chef whites or elegant chef coat.

However, there is a side to restaurants that we as customers do not see, and that is the internal culture and workings of the restaurant. These days many good restaurants have had to close down, not because their business was not good or because their food was bad, but because they had a toxic internal culture that prevented them from developing and growing.

There are many things that can contribute towards a toxic culture in a restaurant. The long hours that the staff work, the stress and difficulties of the job have led to increased instances of harassment, bullying and even substance abuse. Poor management by the owners and cases where such issues have not been addressed from the onset have caused huge problems in the hospitality and food and beverage industry.

Of course, it is not simply one instance or one factor that causes an unhealthy culture in a restaurant, but a combination of factors, and contributions are made from the very top-level staff to the bottom level, with everyone having to rake responsibility for creating such a culture. Employees start feeling unhappy and unappreciated, they feel their contributions to the success of the business are undervalued, and thereby they are demotivated and less productive. Irrespective of whether they leave your employment and move onto better pastures or not, the fact is that when your employees are unhappy, they tend to create a bad reputation for your business, which will finally have a huge impact on your revenue.

The silver lining to this dark cloud however, is that by identifying that your business has a toxic culture, you can work towards fixing it and improving it. Here are a few signs that your restaurant has a toxic culture, and some ways to fix it:

Lack of upper management support – The restaurant business is a very customer-oriented one, and as such, there will no doubt be instances where your staff will be at the receiving end of abuse from customers. If you as the top management are not giving your staff the support they need, when they need it, then you are failing very badly, since the staff will tend to feel helpless in such situations when they are being abused (whether physical or verbal) and are unable to do anything about it. The same is true when it comes to internal abuse between staff members as well. Another factor that contributes towards a toxic culture is when the top management dismisses good suggestions made by employees, demotivating them and making them feel insignificant.
Everyone likes to be heard, and listening to your employees is an important part of good management, and also a way of slowly but surely fixing a toxic environment. Taking your employees’ side when it comes to an unreasonable complaint by a customer or even speaking on their behalf in instances of abuse, as well as taking note of their comments and suggestions for improvement are good ways to foster a healthy working environment. By addressing issues of physical and verbal abuse between staff members, it shows that such behavior will not be tolerated within the organization, and makes employees, especially those who have been subject to such abuse, feel safe within their workplace.

Constant criticism and non-appreciation – Constantly criticizing employees when there is a problem but not praising them or appreciating their contribution when things are going well can cause a toxic work environment. Even such instances where you pull up staff and talk negatively to them in front of other staff members can be very demotivating and unhealthy.
There is no doubt that people will make mistakes, but pointing them out and helping your staff to correct them by giving them that opportunity is a part of good management. Appreciating their hard work and their contributions is also very important to keep a positive atmosphere in the workplace, and to developing a healthy culture.

Negative attitudes and constant complaints – It is not only the management, but employees too can contribute a great deal towards cultivating a negative culture in the workplace. Negative attitudes and constant complaining when policy changes are made or when schedules are issued, can be very toxic, because soon you will find that it is not just one person, but everyone else is joining in on it too.
Showing empathy towards employees who are displaying a negative attitude can help in most instances, since they will feel that they are being heard by the management. In this sense it is also important to develop policies within the organization that deters people from such attitudes. Set an example, because your behavior will reflect in their behavior.

As you can see, a negative culture within a business can cause many problems for the staff and the management, even resulting in closures. Such toxic cultures can develop from the top most management to the smallest employee, and it won’t matter if you are the General Manager, the head chef in his or her chef whites, or if you are a dishwasher, it can spread fast throughout the organization. In addition, when there is greater staff turnover, you will need to be constantly training new people thereby increasing your costs as well. While a toxic culture can exist in any business, the important thing is to identify such a culture and work towards fixing the problems. Don’t forget that happy employees will always go above and beyond their call of duty to help their workplace.

Fire Damage Restoration Service Providers: The Best Way to Get the Job Done Right and On Time

When fire devastates a building or business, its effects loom far below the surface damage that is first visually noted. Not only can the clean-up be overwhelming in terms of labor, time, and expense, but it is also often downright dangerous. The remaining ash, soot, smoke, chemicals, and lingering water damage from exterminating the flames can continue to do further damage to the building itself and any other surfaces, appliances, furniture, and more that are left untreated. There’s the structure’s stability to be concerned about, including walls and floors, but there are also the effects of fire-induced toxic fumes and other chemical reactions that are often tough to identify. These effects often continue to work their way into the building’s entire HVAC system, vents, and ducts as well.

Fire damage requires immediate attention

This will help you avoid further damage that drives up the expense of repairs, cleanup, and the business’s downtime. It’s also best left to certified and trained fire damage restoration professionals who can safely assess the dangers, clean up all the damage, and get your business up and running effectively as soon as possible.

Top advantages of a fire damage restoration service

One of the top advantages the best fire damage restoration service providers offer is that their trained technicians arrive at the building prepared for everything they might possibly encounter.

Their equipment will be certified and will include the latest technologies for cleaning and repairing all the building’s surfaces and structures. This will include safe chemical washes that clean the surfaces and remove the odors from all of the smoke damage. They will also have the proper industrial drying fans and methods to dry out the building from the water and chemicals that are used to exterminate the flames.

Once dried out, fire damage restoration service providers also have the training and expertise to safely treat all mold, mildew, and other residual odors, including professional decontamination and deodorization practices. These fire damage technicians can also expertly assess the situation and provide trustworthy advice on what can be restored and what will need to be replaced. It takes the guesswork out of the equation and avoids any further time loss to get the business back up and running.

When hiring fire damage restoration service providers who are certified professionals, it ensures all the proper processes, including paperwork and documentation, are conducted to the highest standards. This can pay off big time when it comes to dealing with insurance providers and health inspectors down the road.

Look for certifications

Should asbestos abatement, a structural demo, preventative fireproofing, or anything in between be required, choose a company with proof of certification so you know that they adhere to all regulations set forth by OSHA, the Department of Transportation, and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). They should also take the time to answer any questions that may come up before and throughout the process.

Fire’s harmful effects can bring up excessive stress and emotional response. The best professionals not only get the job done right and on time, but they’re also there to support you through the process of getting back to business.

A Helping Guide to Choosing Presents For Men

When it comes to gifts for men, things become a little tougher. Gifts for men have little scope for improvisation as compared to women. But, it does not mean that you cannot find gifts for them, you just need to consider some aspects before you go shopping.

How to choose gifts and presents for men:

First thing you need to consider is his choices, likes and dislikes. It is always a good idea to gift a person of his/ her own choice. So, try to know about his likes and dislikes before choosing any gift. This point becomes important when you are picking up a gift for him.
If he is more interested in sports and different games, then try to guess the sport he is just crazy about. If it is golf, then you can gift him different accessories of golf like golf drivers, ball, golf cap, shoes, golf gear cleaning kit etc.
Mostly boys are crazy about motocross race, so if your friend or boyfriend is also one of them, then you have a wide range of gifts to choose from. You can gift him motocross gear, helmet, shoes, cloths, gloves, goggles, hand bands etc. And you will see how he will adore your gifts and show gratitude for your love and care.
Perfumes are all time hit gift items. So, if it is the birthday of your male friend or his marriage anniversary or you want to congratulate him on his success, gift him a bottle of perfume bottles come in stylish shapes and designs along with various kinds of fragrances.
On this anniversary why not gift him a silver photo frame with a beautiful photo of yours. Photo frames are available in different colours and materials. You can get him a designer or a handmade photo frame for gift. If you want to make your gift personalized, you can make a photo frame instead of buying a one. Handmade photo frames have a personal touch, so are more loving and special
Other gifts can be designer wallets, wrist-lets, watches, key rings, sunglasses and cuff links. In choosing any gift one should keep in mind the taste of the recipient and his choices.