Do you remember, as a child, looking through a kaleidoscope and seeing all the various colors and designs? Every time you turned it, a new design would appear with a different color. Sometimes blue circles would appear; next it might be red squares, or a combination of both. You may have continued to turn it repeatedly to see if you could have your favorite color or design appear over and over again.
So how is a kaleidoscope remotely similar to food service loss prevention?
There are many ways that losses can occur within a food service establishment. Employee theft, waste, worker’s compensation claims, robbery, food safety and illness; the list goes on and on. Like a kaleidoscope, where each time you turn it you get a new design, one never really knows when and in what “shape” losses will occur in your establishment.
Each type of loss is similar to the colorful beads and paper inside the kaleidoscope. Each has the potential to exist and in some cases, one more than another. Losses, like the colors or shapes of a kaleidoscope can also exist at the same time. So, when and what are the next losses to occur in your business?
Turn your Kaleidoscope into a Telescope
Sure, kaleidoscopes are fun. You get to see pretty images and wonder about what you will see next. But when it comes to loss prevention, you are much better off with a telescope.
A telescope shows you what lies ahead into the distance. A telescope allows you to focus on what you see to gain clarity. A telescope affords you the best opportunity to be in a position to change direction and avoid a disaster. Your loss prevention program needs a telescopic approach, not a kaleidoscopic view.
A good loss prevention program provides the ability to proactively be on the lookout for potential areas of concern and loss, focuses on the issues that have the greatest loss potential, and has the ability to change direction to avoid the potential loss.
Does your loss prevention program have the ability to look proactively through audits, policies and procedures and other necessary program elements that can help to avoid potential loss?
Do you have the right resources to be able to look through your telescope and call out or change direction to avoid potential loss? Do you have enough resources to watch for all potential losses?
When it comes to your loss prevention program, which “scope” are you looking through?