4 Tips to Hire Better Employees

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Are you having trouble attracting reliable employees to your business? Turnover in the foodservice industry is constant, leaving you without a dependable and qualified team. However, you can take action now to stop the turnover cycle and build a team of reliable staff members.

Find (and keep) better employees for your business with these four tips:

1.       Write Better Job Descriptions – Following the same boring job description format only tells potential employees that your business is bland. Instead of following the stuffy format, pump up your posting with an inviting tone to make your brand stand out to potential applicants.

 2.      Use Photos & Video – Loading fun videos and photos on your website can be a powerful recruitment tool for your establishment. Potential employees will appreciate the behind-the-scenes look of your business and you can showcase your team enjoying their roles.

 3.      Get Positive Online Reviews – Before applying to a position, potential employees often search for the “inside” opinion on your establishment. If your online reviews are overly negative, it can hurt your chances of finding the right employee.

 4.      Have a Good Reputation – If you’re known as a great employer, current and former employees can help recommend your establishment by word of mouth. Plus, this will help build your brand to draw in the best outside prospects as well.

February Food Holidays

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Make the most of your seasonal menu with these fun February food holidays. Valentine’s Day, the second busiest day of the year for foodservice establishments, is celebrated in the middle of the month. Every year, nearly one quarter of Valentine’s Day customers choose their restaurant based on its romantic atmosphere and holiday menu selections. Therefore, refreshing your menu is not only festive, but can also make a big difference in your bottom line. Start building excitement for your seasonal menu by featuring these fun food holidays:

February 1
National Cake Pops Day

February 2
National Tater Tot Day

February 3
National Carrot Cake Day

February 4
National Homemade Soup Day

February 5
National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 6
National Chopsticks Day

February 7
National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

February 8
National Potato Lover’s Day

February 9
Pizza Pie Day

February 10
National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

February 11
National Peppermint Patty Day

February 12
National PB&J Day

February 13
National Tortellini Day | National “Italian Food” Day

February 14
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 15
National Chewing Gum Day

February 16
National Almond Day

February 17
National Cafe’ Au Lait Day

February 18
National Drink Wine Day

February 19
National Chocolate Mint Day

February 20
National Muffin Day

February 21
National Sticky Bun Day| National Biscuits and Gravy Day

February 22
National Margarita Day

February 23
National Banana Bread Day

February 24
National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25
National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day | National Clam Chowder Day

February 26
National Pistachio Day

February 27
National Chili Day | National Strawberry Day

February 28
National Chocolate Soufflé Day

4 Tips for Effective Management Meetings

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The management team is the backbone to any successful foodservice establishment. Effective communication between all members of management is key to smooth sailing in your everyday business operations. Planning regular meetings for the management team can help facilitate better communication and keep everyone on the same page.

However, without proper planning, your meeting may only spread confusion instead of clarity. The agenda may become consumed with unimportant topics or transform into a social hour between colleagues. Plus, ineffective meetings quickly consume your labor costs and pull staff from important tasks needed to run the operation.

Instead of muddling through your next meeting, use these four tips to plan effective meetings with your entire management team:

1.       Proper Planning

Plan your meetings ahead of time and make attendance mandatory. Generally, these meeting times should last for 60-90 minutes to allow for proper discussion without burning out. Schedule a loose timeline for the meeting to help keep you on track.

2.      Stay on Track

Create an agenda of topics to discuss in advance and stay on track during the meeting. If other topics organically come up, decide if the issues should be tackled immediately or if scheduling a future meeting would allow for better discussion.

3.      Facilitate Communication

Make sure the general manager runs the meeting to set clear expectations at the beginning. However, plan time to allow all members of management to speak up and voice their opinions during the meeting.

4.      Assign Actions

Before leaving the meeting, create specific goals for the establishment for the next meeting. Make sure everyone knows their specific responsibilities to help reach your next goal and keep your operation running smoothly.