Alaina Lancaster

alaina lancaster
Alaina Lancaster
alancaster@winsightmedia.com

Alaina Lancaster is the assistant editor at Restaurant Business/FoodService Director, specializing in legislation, labor and human resources. Prior to joining Restaurant Business, she interned for the Washington Monthly, The Riveter and The German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Alaina studied magazine journalism at the Missouri School of Journalism and currently lives in Chicago. She never backs down from a triple-dog-dare to try eccentric foods.
 


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A recent study reports that employees at high-trust companies experience 74% less stress, 106% more energy, 50% higher productivity and 13% fewer sick days.
performance review anxiety
For all the most obvious reasons, managers and staff don’t always agree. But both sides can get behind retiring annual performance reviews, according to a suvey.
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Noncommercial operators deal with the aftermath of a wage law in purgatory.
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So-called fringe benefits such as paid sick and parental leave are anything but fringe in 2017. This year, jurisdictions are enacting medical and family leave laws.
Sonny Perdue will oversee the programs that impact student feeding.
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Taking customization even further, operations are handing over even more control to customers with both build-your-own and cook-your-own stations.
The directors received the honor for spurring creative initiatives in K-12 foodservice.
Legislation passed on Tuesday would require the district's private sector foodservice operators to provide workers with family and medical time off...
wood pizza oven
Wood-fired, coal-fired, brick—specialty pizza ovens are no small investment, but operators are finding that the equipment gives rise to a new slice of customers.
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Letting team members in on the financials of your operation can help engage them in the mission to get out of the red by generating revenue or cutting costs.

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sparkling water

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The issue with spa water

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