If you operate an advanced food and beverage environment such as a restaurant, you may want all your staff to share in the tips received by servers. Tip sharing in Vista automates this collection and redistribution of tips.
A typical setup for a restaurant that runs tip sharing using Vista Cloud is as follows:
- Servers receive tips during a shift. Tips usually amount to a small percentage of each transaction and are logged (declared) in POS. Some restaurants choose to add a set % tip to the bill.
- Each server's POS session is cashed up, and the net sales amount (including tips) is calculated.\
- The net sales amount is grouped according to the type of items sold. For example, for a net sales amount of $1000, $650 of sales came from food, $300 from alcohol, and $50 from non-alcoholic beverages.
- Each server contributes money to the tip share from one or more of these groups based on a set percentage. For example, servers contribute 2% of food sales, 1% of alcohol sales, and 1% from non-alcoholic beverage sales as tips.
- The tip amount is distributed among other staff that worked during the same work period as the contributing servers. For example, bartenders who worked evening shifts on Friday share in tips from that evening's alcohol sales.
- Tip shares are paid in cash or included in the payroll.
Important! Tip sharing is a feature that is separate from the existing tip pooling functionality in POS. Tip Sharing calculates tips purely as a percentage of net sales and distributes it to all staff. In contrast, tip pooling in POS allows servers to pool only the amount tipped and split it among themselves using the Cash Tips Unregistered and Tip Out features.