All Blog Posts Tagged 'employees' (38)


Non-Operator
What are Your Employee and Recruiting Challenges?

Employees - they're kind of important for a business to succeed, no? This is especially true of restaurants, where a happy, well-trained employee can make the difference between a one-time diner and a regular customer (and an unhappy, untrained employee can drive away business). 

So why are the employee retention statistics for the industry so poor? The average restaurant experiences 88% turnover (QSR's come in at almost 100%!) annually, which would mean replacing 44 employees…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on February 25, 2014 at 12:25pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
The Fight Against Trans Fat & What It Could Mean For Your Restaurant

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Jules Dalsey. You can visit his profile here.

Last month, in November, the Federal Drug Administration proposed a plan to ban partially hydrogenated oils. These oils, also known as trans fats, are linked to several health issues such as heart attacks, heart disease, and other cardiovascular implications. According to the …

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Added by FohBoh on December 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Should Your Restaurant Have a Social Media Policy for Employees?

Social media — you may have heard a little about it recently. Between Facebook, Twitter and their fellow networks, restaurant operators have a number of tools in their arsenal to help market their business and get customer feedback, but social platforms pose their own set of challenges for operators as well.

As major brands like Domino’s have discovered, all it takes is one misbehaving rogue employee and you can have a major crisis on your hands. YouTube and Instagram, unfortunately,…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on October 9, 2013 at 1:30pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
9 Reasons Your Restaurant Sucks

This post was originally written by FohBoh member Daniel Hurd. You can visit his profile here.

Okay, maybe your restaurant isn’t so bad. But if you’re reading this, chances are it has sucked, or you at least recognize it has that kind of potential. Check these 9 reasons to stay away from the suck:

  1. you don’t listen. Do you actually know the concerns of your staff? Not just…
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Added by FohBoh on August 30, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Hire Better, Faster, Stronger Employees...

Restaurant Employee Retention E-Book

Hey FOH BOH'ers! 

How is everyone's summer going? Hopefully the patio's remain full and the business is thriving across all establishments!

As the summer (unfortunately) comes to an end, many of our…

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Added by Erin Hanson on July 29, 2013 at 2:13pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
LinkedIn: Top Social Platform For Professionals and Recruiters

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Many companies and professionals alike utilize social networks for marketing, branding and spreading the word about their products and services. No matter which platform is used, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest or Google +, they all have similarities in that they give everyone a voice. But, there is one social network that is valued slightly higher than the rest in…

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Added by Foodem on August 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
Employee Performance: Invest In It

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

I’m sure many business owners, or should I say great business leaders, take a moment to think about their employees from time to time. Perhaps they ponder about ways to boost and encourage…

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Added by Foodem on August 17, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Tag Team: Patience = Motivation

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

As a business owner, you have a great deal to worry about. The first thing that probably comes to mind is the financial side, right? Well of course, making a dollar is usually the main…

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Added by Foodem on June 8, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Are You An Effective Leader? Are You A Great Leader?

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Each time you open your internet browser it seems as if there is a new company on the rise. It may be a “tech” company, a new restaurant, an e-commerce…

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Added by Foodem on April 24, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


Operator
The Blind Lead the Insightful? Leadership Eye Openers

If you want to test a man’s character, give him power.

~Abraham…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on January 24, 2012 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Which Came First: The User or The Design

Recently I read a blog, Elusive Cuteness and Building Approachable Systems, on a project run by the MIT Media Lab that leveraged people to try and make systems more intelligent, efficient and successful. The team built a robot named ‘Boxie’ designed to appeal to the masses — then let it roll through different parts of the campus…

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Added by Nate DaPore on January 10, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
How Restaurants Can Draft Social Media Policies to MInimize Legal Risk of an NLRB Complaint

Last week, I discussed how the NLRB’s August, 2011 report on social media investigations has ushered in a a new age of corporate social media policies. We find little solace in the recent administrative law judge ruling that Knauz BMW had fired properly an employee because some of his Facebook posts were not protected (others were). The same ruling also declared the employer’s policy overly broad and ordered the dealer to post a notice…

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Added by Kyle-Beth Hilfer on October 14, 2011 at 7:22am — 8 Comments

A Response to a Customer’s Concern

Q: I was in Georgetown Bagelry today and was unable to buy a fountain soda. What gives?



A: I apologize for the inconvenience. While I would love to have fountain soda in the bagel shop, it was a tough decision and one I couldn’t put off any longer. I was hoping to have a rush of capital to totally renovate, but since…

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Added by Mary Beall Adler on August 14, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Our Guests

As we get closer to Mother's Day, one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, I am reminded of a piece of paper hanging by my desk with the following written on it.

 

OUR GUEST

 

1. Our guest is the most important person in our business.

 

2. Our guests are not dependent on us.

We are dependent on them.…

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Added by Matt Harper on May 5, 2011 at 7:55am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Can We Teach Employees How To Provide Extraordinary Customer Service?

My answer is a resounding YES! During my years in business I have heard varying opinions on this topic. Many believe that people either have it or they don’t. Some actually believe it’s genetic. Does it help if you were raised in an environment where service was important? You bet it does. Is a “glass half full attitude” helpful in the process?…

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Added by Bill Campion on October 27, 2010 at 7:56pm — 8 Comments

Leadership from the Deep End of the Pool

In the FOHcus last Friday, the first paragraph simply and eloquently states:…

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Added by Andy Swingley on July 26, 2010 at 7:54pm — 1 Comment

You Can't Buy the Wag of a Tail



“Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag

of its tail” –Josh Billings



I don’t know Josh, but his quote applied to more than just dogs, it applies to people too! If you know me, you know I grew up training dogs in obedience trials and many of the things I learned there apply to what I know about helping people to win. Training dogs is a struggle because they can’t tell you…

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Added by Andy Swingley on May 4, 2010 at 5:50am — 3 Comments

How Great is Your Customer Service?

When guests come to your restaurant, you should treat them as if they are friends visiting your home. Treating your guests with care and providing an exceptional place for them to enjoy a meal is part of the reason they will come back to your restaurant again. They also expect quality in every aspect of the restaurant. Guests are looking for a value in the things they see, taste and touch, and so providing them with exceptional quality will certainly leave a good taste in their mouths; here are… Continue

Added by Jim McGinty on March 26, 2010 at 11:15am — 1 Comment

Building Effective Employee Feedback Sessions

Employee feedback surveys often identify the need for more one-on-one time between employees and their managers. An easy way to fulfill this is to hold regular one-on-one feedback meetings. This simple idea gets overlooked or bumped by supposedly more important priorities. Yet making time for one-on-ones can eliminate communication problems, boost morale and productivity, and guarantee higher scores on your next employee feedback survey. Here are a few reasons why this tool is so… Continue

Added by Jim McGinty on March 16, 2010 at 8:13am — No Comments

Motivating Your Employees

The best employee-driven operators ask themselves, "What do we want to be famous for with our employees?" Is it favoritism, mercurial moods, daily doubles, endless closing-opening shifts? Or do you offer moral leadership, fairness, energy, equity, balance, challenge and fun? The best operators know that they're not just selling food and beverages, they're selling the server's smile, energy, knowledge, attitude and empathy. The care and maintenance of… Continue

Added by Jim McGinty on March 10, 2010 at 5:17am — 1 Comment

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Looking for the sweet spot between indulgence and fresh appeal? Say yes to fresh Avocados from Mexico, all year long. So rich and creamy, use them as a substitute for mayo to create a craveable crab salad sandwich that will make others green with envy. Discover more culinary inspirations and recipes here!

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National News

Dunkin' Brands Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.2% - Added 96 net new restaurants worldwide including 69 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S. - Revenue increased 6.2%

Hurricane Grill & Wings Signs Franchise And Multi-Unit Development Agreements For Additional 22 Units

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a restaurant franchise known for its never-frozen jumbo wings and more than 35 signature flavors, announced today the signing of five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations. The Florida-based brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of the year.

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For 20 New Restaurants In South Orange County And The San Fernando Valley

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.

Brinker International Reports Increases In Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 16.7 percent to $0.84 compared to $0.72 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013

Togo's Inks Deals In Idaho And Utah To Develop 13 New Restaurants

Togo's Eateries, Inc. announced it has signed franchise agreements to develop five restaurants in Eastern Idaho and eight locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, the brand will also mark its entry into Colorado, Idaho, and Utah with restaurant openings planned over the next few months.

CROWD FUNDING

If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.

TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands - James Patten (2013)

"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.

TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

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