The Importance of Setting Core Values in Restaurant Team Culture

In the competitive and fast-paced world of the restaurant industry, success is often measured not only by the quality of the food but also by the overall customer experience. Behind the scenes, a restaurant’s team culture plays a pivotal role in shaping that experience. We’ll explore different ways of implementing a positive culture to keep not only customers happy but also employees serving them.

Defining Core Values

In our recent webinar with Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks the first key takeaway was the importance of defining core values. Mo Cantey, Director of Operations, emphasized that these values should be more than mere slogans; they should be deeply ingrained in the restaurant’s culture. Their core values revolved around excellence, teamwork, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. These values weren’t just talked about during staff meetings; they were lived and breathed by every member of the team.

Implementing Effective Operational Systems

Another vital ingredient for the recipe of success was the implementation of effective operational systems. Mo stressed the significance of seamless integration of these systems into daily restaurant operations. He explained that having well-defined processes and procedures not only ensures consistency but also enhances the overall customer experience.

Motivating Your Team

A motivated team is a productive team, the leadership team at Big Dave’s were clear about this. They shared various strategies for motivating restaurant teams, such as recognition programs, career development opportunities, and creating a positive work environment. At Big Dave’s, motivation wasn’t just about monetary incentives; it was about fostering a sense of pride and belonging among team members.

Measuring Success and Adapting

The speakers also discussed the importance of measuring the success and effectiveness of core values and operational systems. They highlighted the need for regular assessments and feedback mechanisms to ensure that these principles were continuously benefiting the restaurant. Furthermore, they stressed that adaptability was key. In a dynamic industry like foodservice, the ability to adjust and refine core values and operational systems was vital for long-term success.


In conclusion, by defining and living by core values, implementing effective operational systems, and motivating teams, restaurants can create a positive team culture that not only boosts morale but also improves the overall customer experience and supports the bottom line.

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