So here's some back story for my question. Right now i work in a small bbq joint and the environment is pretty relaxed. Most nights we only have one waitress working and two on the weekends. The owner/my boss; he works with us in the kitchen everyday too; at the end of the night will actually reach into the servers tip jar and count their tips. the servers just split tips down the middle here. He is worried about them lying and "stealing" when it comes to the tips. Now i personally disagree with what he does and feel that it should be the servers private information and only disclosing it if they want to. But at the same time there needs to be a level of trust there. In my experience, a server waited a table, took the tip from that table, and it was all for them. there was never a community tip jar.
Within a couple of months we are opening a full service restaurant and i will be managing it. Here's my question....Does anyone have a way to mange servers' tips where i wont have to invade their privacy but at the same time not worry about them lying? I have worked in a couple places (corporate setting) where almost all the servers lied about their tips at the end of the night just to get a slightly higher pay check. now i know that at the end of the day servers are cheap help, usually about $3/hour in my area, so does it really matter?
Please tell me about how you run things with the servers. I'd like to have a few different ideas to take to my boss and see what we can do about it.