New research from Brita Professional suggests kitchen professionals are more stressed than ever.
Compared with research conducted in 2018 – and taking the implications of Covid-19 out of the equation – kitchen stress has increased, with 81% of professionals admitting to feeling stressed in 2020, an increase of 11% versus 2018.
Unreliable equipment remains a longstanding issue and a significant contributor to stress levels in many kitchens, according to Brita.
Half of kitchen workers told it they need more reliable equipment to run a practical and efficient kitchen, especially with almost two thirds (62%) dealing with equipment breakdowns on a fortnightly basis.
If factors contributing to pressure in the kitchen are lowered, one in five kitchen staff believes they would have more time to focus on their passions, such as practicing new cooking techniques, and therefore helping to reduce stress levels.
Brita asked hospitality workers to create a wish list of how they’d like to save time in the kitchen. The time saving wish list highlights that:
– 39% want more robust equipment cleaning schedules
– One third would like a preventative maintenance schedule to reduce equipment breakdowns
– One quarter want an external maintenance service team to check equipment is always in tip-top condition
The new research also reveals that looking at the year ahead, while hospitality professionals want more time to concentrate on what they love best, 75% of professionals also want to increase sustainability.
The top ways in which hospitality workers want to achieve this is by focusing on equipment and energy efficiency (36%) followed by recycling more (34%) and reducing food waste (34%).
The research results are available in a new BRITA Professional toolkit, At Boiling Point: How to beat stress and achieve optimum kitchen efficiency, which offers vital tips on how to ‘filter out’ inefficiency and stress, as well as save time, money and the planet in 2021.
Sarah Taylor, managing director of Brita UK, said: “The importance of equipment efficiency, to save time and reduce stress, is more essential than ever. A high proportion of breakdowns are related to limescale so preventative maintenance like descaling and using the correct water filter and changing it on time are key.
“A regular maintenance schedule will give kitchen workers vital time back to concentrate on what they love best – creating incredible food for customers. Not only that but machines will run more efficiently and last for longer, saving money in the long run and improving businesses’ impact on the environment.”
To download a copy of the At Boiling Point Toolkit, click HERE.