Most shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and other businesses open to the public have to close up in the evening, and this can be a dangerous time. Since it’s after dark and few people are around, robbers will often choose to strike at closing time. Sometimes employees will take this moment to steal from the till, and you’ll always feel vulnerable when you move cash from the tills to a safe or from the safe to the bank. With all that and more, there’s always a lot to do when you close your business.
Create A Checklist
With so much to get done and just a few minutes to do it, it’s easy to forget about one or two things that have to happen during closing. That’s why most places create a checklist that sets down everything the closer has to do and the best order to do it all in. It may be helpful for your business to have a physical sheet the closing employee can check off as they finish each task and then sign at the bottom to show you who takes responsibility for the job.
Use Trustworthy Employees
Closing time can involve moving cash, moving inventory from or to store shelves, cleaning public areas, and saving or disposing of food. Because of all the extra responsibilities and extra temptations, it’s important to choose an employee you can trust to handle the job if you aren’t available to do it yourself. That’s why many stores require the manager or assistant manager to supervise the closing process personally.
Delegate To Finish Up Quickly
When closing comes around, everyone wants to go home. That’s why many employers will assign the closing job to one employee and let everyone else leave right away. That works fine for smaller stores and restaurants, but you can make things go faster and have everyone leave at the same time by delegating all the different closing tasks to different employees. For instance, while you and your assistant manager empty the tills and count up the transactions, other employees can clean the public area and replace any table condiments or daily newspapers you might have out.
Lock Up And Arm Your Security
The first act of closing up is to lock the front doors so that customers don’t wander in thinking the business is still open because the lights are all on. This gives you a little extra security as you move money and inventory around. You should also make sure someone gives the security recordings a quick look to make sure nothing unusual happened to them. The last acts of closing should be to check that the safe is locked, the alarm system is armed, and then all the doors and shutters are locked.
Closing up needs to be thorough, so take your time and write down a list of everything you need to do. It also needs to be secure, so make sure your security setup is good enough for your neighborhood and your business risk factors. To learn more about your risks and how you can improve your security, Advanced Integrated Security can give you more information.