Nothing can spoil a guest’s appetite like being served by an employee who is clearly under the weather. On the flip side, providing an environment that feels safe to guests makes a positive statement about your hospitality. Now that we’re in the season where viruses are common – and guests are especially eager to stay healthy for festive occasions around the holidays – review your health protocols with staff. Monitor employees for signs of illness, reiterate your policy about when it’s necessary to stay home, and consider encouraging employees to stay up-to-date with flu and COVID vaccines. Since a clearer policy about staff health may result in more absences, identify potential back-up supports that may help you keep up with traffic – from retooling staff scheduling, to using more speed-scratch ingredients that make preparation easier.