Liquor Liability Laws: Do I Need Liquor Liability Insurance?

It is highly advisable to purchase liquor liability insurance if you operate a business that sells alcohol. Liquor liability insurance provides protection from litigation involving alcohol incidents. Laws regarding the selling and consumption of alcohol are not established by the federal government, so it is best to check to see if your state has liquor liability laws. Local authorities establish and enforce these laws which means the specific guidelines as to who can sell, purchase, and consume alcohol and under what conditions – as well as the punishments for violation – vary widely across jurisdictions. Although all fifty states have a minimum drinking age of 21 and maximum limit for blood alcohol content allowable to operate a vehicle, that’s where the similarities end and differences begin. Mismanagement of the commercial sale of alcohol at your bar could threaten the success of your business due to increased liability exposure, both criminal and civil.

Interested in learning more tips to keep you bar safe? Read, ‘Overlooked Bar Safety Tips Your Tavern Can’t Miss.

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3 Key Elements of Safe Winter Driving

This entry is part 1 of 16 in the series Winter Defense

Hard to believe the winter season is upon us again. Looking out the window at the first snowfall of the year is always a beautiful sight. Then the reality sets in—we need to drive in the snow and ice for the next five months. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 1,300 people are killed in car crashes and more than 116,800 people are injured on snowy or icy roads every year. These statistics are a grim reminder of the need to pay closer attention to driving safely during the winter season.

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23 Social Media Ideas for Restaurants

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You have business accounts for your restaurant on all of them, but how do you keep up with posting fresh content on a consistent basis?  

At Society Insurance, I have been responsible for coming up with generating new ideas for our social media channels every day for the past three years, so I know firsthand how challenging it can sometimes be to come up with new ideas. To help you out, I’ve put together a list of 23 social media ideas for you to use in the new year. 

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4 Helpful Tips for Small Business Owners

It’s hard to understate how difficult it is to own your own small business, unless you’ve been there before. Your theoretical tool belt has to be fully stocked with a myriad of personal skills including, but not limited to, finance, economics, product/service offerings and more. There are some preparatory measures to take that can help improve your small business success.

Read, ‘8 Tips: How to Advertise Your Restaurant Business’ for marketing tips and tricks every restaurant should know.

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Finding Employees: 5 Interview Questions for Millennials & Gen Z

As older baby boomers retire in droves, younger generations are beginning to fill today’s workforce. But these new generations have vastly different values than older generations did – which makes sense given rapid technological advances and inevitable cultural shifts. For those who may not know, the two newer generations are Generation Y (aka millennials) and Generation Z. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are born between the years 1981 and 1996; Gen Z is anyone born after that.

Read, ‘How to Reject Job Candidates Without Burning Bridges’ for more helpful tips on running your business.

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Conflict Resolution Techniques for Security Personnel & Bar Employees

When you own or manage a bar, you work every day to make sure every service goes smoothly and without issue. However, each patron who enters your establishment brings different ideas, interpersonal skill sets, prejudices, and emotions with them—add alcohol to the situation and your business is at an increased risk of an incident. Eventually conflict can happen.

It is up to the bar staff and management to use different skill sets to prevent, minimize or mitigate any conflict that might arise. Strong conflict resolution skills make all the difference and can help guide service back on track – and successfully defusing a situation is more mental skill than muscle.

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How Can I Reduce My Restaurant Employee Turnover Rate?

The restaurant and service industry has a notoriously high turnover rate. As recently as 2018, research showed that restaurant turnover rates skyrocketed to, “a post-recession high of 74.9%“. But why?

Restaurant turnover is almost inevitable in American culture due to the industry’s transitory nature. A significant portion of restaurant employees are teenagers that work to support themselves or save up as they:

  • get ready to head off to college
  • supplement other income sources
  • earn money during summer break
  • prepare for full-time salaried employment

But turning over the waitstaff, bussers or managers every year, month or even every few weeks is time-consuming and costly. Here are some quick tips on how to reduce restaurant employee turnover so you can retain your best staff for as long as possible.

Interested in learning how to motivate employees? Read our blog post, “Increasing Employee Motivation.”

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How to Throw A Fun (And Safe) Company Holiday Party

The holiday season yields plenty of opportunities to spread cheer, merriment and show gratitude to those that play significant roles in your life – including your employees. One of the most appreciated ways to express this is by giving the green light to let loose and socialize. We’re talking, of course, about hosting a company holiday party. Everyone can let their hair down, put work aside, and get to know each other on a more interpersonal level.

Regrettably, many corporate employees dread their annual holiday party because, well, they simply aren’t fun. Perhaps people feel as if they’re walking on eggshells, or maybe the environment doesn’t feel like a place where people can truly let their guard down around their superiors. Here are some helpful tips to help you throw a successful holiday party that your staff will look forward to each year.

Read, ‘How to Retain Top Talent: 4 Helpful Tips’ for more insight on boosting employee morale.

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Thanking Employees: How To Show Gratitude After A Job Well Done

Approximately 64% of working Americans leave their job because they feel underappreciated. Thanking employees for a job well done on a project is a great way to increase employee morale and motivation. Many people assume that employees are only motivated financially, but this simply is not the case. While it makes sense to financially compensate employees for continued successes, consistent encouragement from upper management is always welcome. Any employee that cares enough to put effort and quality into their work will also be motivated by acknowledgement of their efforts. Here are a few ways you can express gratitude for a job well done.

Read our blog post, “Showing Employee Appreciation” for more useful ideas on how to show appreciation.

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