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Workforce Engagement

We hear it all the time – your team is like family. Whether you’re trying to recruit the best team, manage and retain who you have on board, and/or reward your employees, we know you want to do right by them. We can help you navigate the complexities of effectively managing your workforce.

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Apply the Food and Beverage Service Competency Model

Created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, this tool can be used when hiring, training, promoting and evaluating.

Explore traits of effective restaurant managers

How managers lead can greatly influence whether employees are motivated to follow.

The power of promoting from within

About 90% of the industry’s salaried employee’s start as hourly workers in restaurants. Many operators foster a culture encouraging employees to stay for advancement opportunities.    

Build buzz for your charitable project

Enlist your employees to build energy that encourages guests to support your cancer walk, hunger relief campaign or other charitable project.


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8 tips to interview like a pro

Your staff is your top resource, so it’s critical to assemble your team strategically. In addition to functioning as a hiring tool, interviews allow you to reinforce your brand, says Barbara Polk, National Restaurant Association’s senior vice president of human resources. Here, Polk offers  guidance for interviewing job candidates.

Maintain staff engagement in your restaurant

Keeping your employees engaged can lessen turnover, which can positively affect the guest satisfaction and your bottom line. Take a look at how you currently interact with staff, and identify opportunities to make dynamics even stronger. National Restaurant Association sponsor HotSchedules offers these staff engagement tips.

5 ways to nurture staff and the customer experience

Habit Burger has experienced significant growth in recent years. At the National Restaurant Association's 2015 Marketing Executives Group fall meeting, Habit Burger chief marketing officer Matt Hood shared ways the brand nurtures employees and the customer experience.

4 applications of the Food and Beverage Service Competency Model

The U.S. Department of Labor has published the first-ever Food and Beverage Service Competency Model, profiling the skills pertinent to career success in the restaurant industry. Created by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, State Restaurant Association representatives and allied industry partners, this model can be helpful to restaurant owners and operators in four ways.

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