Planet Smoothie’s Fun Vibe Makes Hiring & Employee Retention Easier
A positive atmosphere and the chance to learn small-business operations keeps staff engaged, and employee retention and on-boarding costs lower for franchise owners
Employee retention is a challenge for every small business. Planet Smoothie™ franchise owners can have an easier time than most thanks to a workplace that’s fun and enjoyable.
“Many food-service jobs are a grind, and employees don’t want to stay for the long term,” says John Wuycheck, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development. “There’s not a lot of equipment to have to operate at a Planet Smoothie, and no hot, messy kitchen environment. A Planet Smoothie franchise is bright, colorful and fun.”
Customer engagement a strong plus
Because the Planet Smoothie franchisee’s team is front and center in the store, each employee gets to speak with customers. Whether that’s just taking an order, working with someone to customize a particular smoothie, or answering questions about a new menu item, your employees value that ability to plug in.
“A Planet Smoothie franchisee’s employee gets the chance to help customers in many different ways, and they create relationships,” Wuycheck says. “They learn what a particular customer likes or is looking for, and when those people are likely to come in. Planet Smoothie is a community-based business, and that sense of community is very appealing to both franchise owners and their employees.”
Mentorship means employee growth
Many Planet Smoothie franchise owners say they got into small-business ownership so that they could work with the next generation. They value the opportunity to be a mentor, teaching others good business practices. That, in turn, is very much appreciated by those they are helping.
“A Planet Smoothie franchise owner can create employee growth by teaching basic business skills,” Wuycheck explains. “When someone knows that they are learning valuable business skills at work vs. just punching a time clock, they can be much more loyal and engaged to that employer. Mentorship is another way that a Planet Smoothie franchise helps to create value not just for its owner, but for the community it serves.”
Planet Smoothie is a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, better-for-you ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, our smoothies generally have less sugar and fewer calories — a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek out healthier options. Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands™ family.