Many Planet Smoothie Franchise Owners Don’t Have Trouble Filling Job Openings
A fun workplace, the chance to be creative and the ability to learn valuable business-operation skills make Planet Smoothie a great place to work
As the U.S. economy continues to gear back up, a common theme is being heard: good employees are hard to find. That’s particularly true in the food-service sector. One group in that vertical isn’t having too much trouble are Planet Smoothie franchise owners.
“Businesses are reopening and hiring, and they are finding that potential employees are looking for more than just a job,” says Doug Merenda, Director of Franchise Development. “People want an environment with flexible hours, where they are valued and listened to, and that is enjoyable. Every Planet Smoothie checks those boxes, and it’s why franchise owners kept staff through the pandemic and are easily onboarding new team members now.”
Hiring and onboarding process a part of franchise owner training
Hiring staff can be complicated, but not for Planet Smoothie franchise owners. Getting and retaining great staff is covered in new-owner training, alongside systems and processes in place that allow every franchise owner to train their staff quickly and easily. Even better, Planet Smoothie’s training is uniform, so if that owner has more than one store, staff members can easily move between locations because everything operates the same.
“For one thing, we don’t have a lot of equipment; blenders are pretty much it,” Merenda explains. The training focuses on how to make the smoothies on the menu, and how to interact with customers so that they have a great experience. When your team is all about creating a quality product, it shows. That’s why Planet Smoothie has such a loyal, and repeat, customer base.”
Customer service front and center for employees
Planet Smoothie franchise employees also love that they get to be up front and engage with guests, rather than be in the back working in a hot kitchen.
“There are a lot of competitors in the juice and smoothie space; even so, Planet Smoothie stands out,” Merenda says. “It sounds pretty basic, but great products coupled with a memorable customer service experience does the job. And if you have employees who are having a great time, know the customers, and the customers know them, that does nothing but increase business and boost the bottom line.”
Planet Smoothie is a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, natural 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.