LGC’s Hospitality in the News series covers everything going on in the hospitality industry, from trending topics to important updates. This week’s topic dives into Be Kind to Servers Month and offers a few ways to show appreciation for this hardworking, dedicated group of industry professionals.  

Celebrating Be Kind to Servers Month | 4 Tips to Brighten Your Servers Day 

As January unfolds, so does “Be Kind to Servers Month,” a perfect opportunity to express gratitude and appreciation for the amazing servers who create a great restaurant experience. A little kindness can go a long way in making a server’s day brighter and more fulfilling. Here are some tips to ensure you leave a positive impact during your dining experience. 

Generous compensation 

The most direct way to show appreciation is by compensating your server well. Recognize their hard work and dedication by leaving a generous tip. Consider going beyond the standard percentage, especially if the service was exceptional. Your generosity will not only make their day but also acknowledge the effort they put into making your dining experience memorable. 

It’s also important to note that most of the servers and bartenders at restaurants rely on tips to make a living wage. There have been conversations for years surrounding getting rid of tipping culture. As it is, tipping isn’t really a thing outside of the U.S. But until anything changes, tips are crucial for employees – which is why generous compensation is the best way to positive impact a server’s day during Be Kind to Servers month. 

Express your thanks 

A simple “thank you” can make a significant difference. Take a moment to express your gratitude verbally. Let your server know that you appreciate their attentive service. Genuine compliments can uplift their spirits and create a positive atmosphere in the restaurant. Plus, sharing positive feedback (for example: “I really appreciate the suggestions you made, they were great!) will let them know they’re excelling at their job.  

Patience is key 

Understand that restaurants can be busy and servers are often juggling several tables and tasks at once. Practice patience and understand if there are delays. Avoid snapping fingers or making demanding gestures. A kind and patient demeanor contributes to a more enjoyable experience for both you and the server.  

Share positive feedback online 

In the age of online reviews, leaving positive feedback on platforms like Yelp or Google can significantly impact a server’s morale. And sometimes encouraging reviews are required of the service staff. Share your positive experiences, mentioning the server by name if possible. This not only recognizes their hard work but also helps the restaurant build a positive reputation. 

Remember, Be Kind to Servers Month is not just about a single act of kindness but a collective effort to create a more positive and respectful dining environment. By implementing these tips, you contribute to making every day a celebration of kindness in restaurants.