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salad bar

DIY instructions

We are creating recipe cards to display on our salad and sandwich bars to give customers ideas about salads and sandwiches they can assemble themselves.

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Online ordering for employees

We are rolling out an online ordering system for hospital employees, which could soon include a mobile app.

Information cue cards

We put all the information they need to know—temperature times, code blue, etc.—on a cue card in their badge holders, so they always have it with them.

Managers host 'The 411'

The goal is to provide key information such as weather, menu selections, employee updates, special events, issues and repairs.

Promote teamwork with scavenger hunts

Employees are assembled into teams and then asked to find things, such as the nearest fire extinguisher or a fellow employee who has a child in high school.

'I Can' award employees

Employees who do something above and beyond are awarded a certificate and they get to choose any #10 can of food from our storeroom.

Employees as teachers

The program takes employees such as line servers and dishwashers and pair them with chefs and cooks to teach them about food.

Premade and made to order

We’re considering doing half and half—some items already made and some made to order, with the top five items being premade.

Busy day boxes

We invite managers to call down and place orders for their units, and we take the lunches up to them.

Teach cooking skills

Chef Henry Godfrey at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn., created a cooking group to support some of the hospital’s psychiatric patients.

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