The Labor Metric Graph is a line graph that compares two selected metrics (a primary metric and a secondary metric) during the course of a specified time period. The primary metrics available for selection are: Net Sales, Gross Sales, Guests, Checks, and Entrées. The secondary (labor) metrics available for selection are Labor Dollars and Labor Hours. 

The graph will display a solid blue line to represent the selected primary metric, and a dashed red line will represent the secondary metric. A detailed table of data points is displayed directly below the graph. Note: Because of rounding issues caused by calculating hours and wages for each hour (or 30 minute or 15 minute) increment, the labor data will rarely match what it is displayed in other RADAR reports; however, these values are close to actual and can be used for analysis planning. 

Report Usage 

This report is a great visual tool that allows you to see how your labor cost compares with your sales, guests, checks, or entrées. The graphic presentation of the data and the small time increments used in this report make the Labor Metric Graph an efficient way to see if you are over-staffed during certain periods of the day. This report is great for store-level analysis of when to staff employees and/or when to cut employees.

Report Features 

  • Filter by location(s) or location group(s). 
  • Filter by date. This report can be run for any specified length of time. 
  • Select a Primary Metric. The metrics available for selection are: Net Sales, Gross Sales, Guests, Checks, and Entrées. Select a Secondary (Labor) Metric. The metrics available for selection are: Labor Dollars and Labor Hours. 
  • Select an Increment. 
  • Choose from One Hour, 30 Minutes, or 15 Minutes. 
  • Select whether you would like the report to display sums or averages. 
  • Select whether or not to display zero rate employees. 
  • Select which jobs to include. Select which days of the week to include. This report can be viewed/exported in various formats. It can also be directly emailed.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: On the labor metric graph how can I have a fractional hour when all the employees were working and no one was on a break? 

A: Yesterday, my restaurant had four people in the kitchen from 11am to 12pm, yet the report says I had 3.92 hours. Some POS’s import a multiple-shift day as one long shift with the break entry in the middle. When labor hours is selected, the logic is in essence spreading the break time across the whole shift (it takes total hours for the shift and comes up with a "minutes worked per minute" metric, then multiplies by the number of minutes in the block). Only a few POS’s work like this.