Apps You Need for Your Restaurant Employees

There’s an app for that! While this applies to everything from dating to finding a ride from point A to point B, it also applies to restaurant staff. Following are a few apps that your employees will thank you for sharing with them.

With this app, it’s a win-win for management and staff. Employees can see open shifts in the shift pool and bid to work them. They can communicate with co-workers, and submit availability and time-off requests to managers. Managers can notify staff of shift changes, too.


Boost morale – and performance – with this app that encourages peer recognition. With Bonusly, everyone in your organization can publicly recognize everyone else by giving small bonuses that add up to rewards. Every month, employees get an allowance to give small bonuses to their colleagues to recognize effort. The bonuses appear in a shared feed so that everyone can see them. Bonuses can be redeemed for gift cards or rewards tailored to your team.


 Taking delivery orders by phone can be a time-consuming task. Chowbot enables you to create your own online ordering and delivery site. Orders are funneled to a single kitchen printer on the cook line, providing a traditional paper-based interface for your staff.


 If your restaurant has a bar, this app will be your bartenders’ best friend. Want to make a fruity drink? No problem! The app’s Liquor Cabinet feature lets you input the ingredients you have in stock and indicates which drinks you’re able to make. Want to get more creative? Use the app to find new drinks to add to your bar menu.

Open Table

 This popular app simplifies restaurant reservations. Because people can make reservations online, like Chowbot this frees up your staff from having to take reservations by phone. It also helps manage shifts; if you know you’re going to have a busy night, for example, you can add staff to accommodate.

Waitlist Me

Diners waiting for tables can put stress on your staff. Ease the stress of both diners and staff with this app. Just enter key information on customers and estimated waits or arrival times. Send a text or automated call to notify when a table is ready, with just a click. Depending on your restaurant’s volume, the free version allows for up to 100 entries a month.