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Workforce

Streamlining the hiring process

Hiring for foodservice positions can be a drawn-out process. Here’s how three FSDs are trying to improve procedures, while still being thorough enough.

Workforce

Strategies for smacking down stress

Staffing shortages, absenteeism and long hours all contribute to employee stress. So it’s important for FSDs to help staff manage the emotional side of the workplace.

Getting likes and shares for social media videos is cool, but not as important as using those platforms to create a sense of community among diners and staff.

Through recovery, waste reduction and sustainability challenges, operators, particularly at schools and universities, are issuing mandates to reach a zero-waste goal.

For operators, the next steps in transparency are local sourcing, cooking from scratch, working closely with suppliers and developing their own products.

It's not just millennials. The rising public interest in clean food is not expected to subside anytime soon, industry observers and foodservice directors say.

Pests, pollen, weather, uneven ground and food safety risks are some of the issues that can make outdoor dining a challenge. But, the obstacles are worth overcoming.

Picking a supplier who can meet an operation’s needs at a reasonable cost is challenging, so having a set system of selection and standards can be crucial.

The future is here when it comes to mobile and online payment apps for foodservice. Operators have some advice for making the jump to mobile payment.

Vending machine sales are up 7 percent at the University of Buffalo, but students on the New York campus aren’t buying more sugary snacks and beverages.

A district tested palm scanners in schools to see how well they would process payments. The results were so positive that school officials installed a device.

Putting together an effective grant proposal doesn’t require a professional.

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