11 Ways to Keep Your Bar Employees Honest

By Ray Foley, Heather Dismore

Part of Running a Bar For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Of course, most people are honest, but you can take measures to ensure that all of your bar employees are honest. Here is a list of things you can do to head off potential problems and handle them when they begin.

  • Check employee bags and packages when coming in and going out.

  • Conduct detailed weekly inventories.

  • Do not count out tips from the register at night.

  • Establish a “no drinking or drugs” policy for all employees.

  • Have spotters and mystery shoppers pull surprise inspections on a fairly regular basis.

  • Dismiss any employee who is caught stealing or breaking a law, with no second chances.

  • Install security cameras.

  • Keep storage rooms locked.

  • Insist that non-sales must still have receipts.

  • Thoroughly count your register drawers every night.

  • Designate one door for entering and leaving.