Labor costs for restaurants

Get the most out of your largest expense—your labor cost. Optimize your restaurant's cost of labor as you schedule and see opportunities to save money.

Manage employee labor costs

Thousands of restaurants like yours use Sling to handle their labor cost tracking.

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Manage your restaurant’s cost of labor

Calculate labor costs as you schedule and project the cost.

  • Assign wages to restaurant employees

  • View the labor cost of each shift

  • Increase your margins per shift

  • Take control of your labor costs

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Stay within your labor budget

Decide how much your restaurant spends on employee labor.

  • Set a labor budget and stick to it

  • Avoid overspending on employee labor

  • Get alerts when your schedule exceeds your labor budget

  • Schedule just the right amount of restaurant staff you need

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Prevent expensive overtime

Cut down on costly extra hours here and there.

  • See upcoming overtime as you schedule

  • Get notifications when someone is scheduled for overtime

  • Schedule an alternative if overtime exceeds your budget

  • Track restaurant overtime for labor law compliance

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Track restaurant labor vs. revenue

Use your restaurant’s sales data to see how much employee labor to schedule.

  • Enter historical and projected sales numbers

  • View labor as a percentage of restaurant sales

  • See if your labor percentage of sales exceeds your budget

  • Optimize your labor costs versus food and beverage revenue

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Integrate with other software

Connect Sling with other common tools you already use for a more complete way of running your business

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I love Sling.

This is so easy to use and communicate with your staff, my favorite function is that staff can switch shifts and I just hit approve, no more 10 texts, the scheduling is very easy to do and I can even do it from my phone!

Take control of your restaurant’s cost of labor

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Calculate restaurant labor costs

See how much your restaurant employee labor is costing you, right as you schedule.

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Avoid overstaffing your restaurant

Schedule just the right amount of help you need based on revenue volume.

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Analyze your restaurant’s labor costs

Assess your labor costs and use the data to make improvements to your schedule.

More than a restaurant labor costs app

Everything you need to manage employees and keep them coming back to your restaurant

It always has what I need, when I need it.

When I come across scenarios of needing a certain feature I've never used before- it has already been thought of and is available.

Frequently asked questions

What are restaurant labor costs?

Restaurant labor costs are everything related to the price of having employees. Examples include wages, benefits, supplies and much more.

Why are labor costs important?

If your restaurant has employees, chances are they’re one of your largest expenses. Strike a balance between compensating fairly and overpaying.

How do I lower my restaurant labor cost?

To lower your restaurant’s labor costs, start by tracking your spending and projecting costs as you schedule your employees. That will help you spot changes to make. Read more about controlling restaurant labor costs here.

Is Sling good for lowering restaurant labor costs?

Yes! Using Sling to schedule and track your restaurant’s cost of labor, you can see exactly how much each shift is projected to cost and make adjustments as needed.

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Maximize your restaurant's potential and increase profits with a full suite of employee management tools. Enjoy a 15-day free trial and make the most of tools to lower labor costs.

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Key features

  • Shift scheduling

    Organize and manage employee work schedules

  • Time-off requests

    Approve or deny employee requests for time off

  • Available shifts

    Easily see which shifts still need to be filled

  • News sharing

    Share news with your team through targeted pages

  • Long-term scheduling

    Build employee schedules months in advance

  • Private messaging

    Communicate with employees one-on-one

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Key features

  • Mobile time tracking

    Accurately clock in and out of shifts from a moble device

  • Labor cost management

    Keep track of your labor costs and compare against sales

  • Overtime tracking

    Track, analyze and prevent excessive overtime

  • Private and group messaging

    Communicate with employees in private or group conversations

  • Calendar synchronization

    Keep track of your scheduled shifts on any calendar app

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Understand your labor data, pull reports for payroll, and run your business efficiently!


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Key features

  • Kiosk time tracking

    Use a shared device for employees to clock in and out

  • Reports

    View reports of total hours worked and wages earned

  • No-shows

    Track and manage shifts employees miss

  • Sick call-outs

    Track and manage employee sick call-outs

  • PTO management

    Approve and track paid time off requests

Plus everything in Premium

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