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Steal This Idea
handwritten thank you

Write “thank you” on every paycheck. This era tends to text thank-yous, but a handwritten note goes a long way. You can’t just preach it; it’s an active thing.

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Due to an overwhelming volume of patients and families in our emergency department (ED), we created a snack cart.

We invited four different departments, one per week, to prepare a dinner for the school community.

Each month we allow the hourly employee with the best attendance record to trade places with a manager for one day.

I tour the residents through the kitchen and then set up a table so they can watch staff work for about 15 minutes while they drink their coffee.

We educated students, parents and staff about local products and healthy eating. Vendors donated prizes to give to kids who filled out surveys for feedback on their products.

After several members of our staff attended a class on smartphone photography, we came back and trained the rest of our staff to take pictures of the plates they prepare.

We invested in a nice camera and sent several people to an affordable food photography class.

To combat the reduction in student customers due to the new USDA regulations, I studied what restaurants most children frequent.

We developed a partnership with our district’s staff-development department to establish an annual training schedule.

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