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Video: 3 Minutes, 3 Expert Positions on Training

May 4 2017
May 4 2017

In this excerpt from their 2016 Alchemy Conference presentation, three food safety experts—Doug Edmonson, Food Safety & Technology Consultant and Principal Owner at Edmonson & Associates Consulting, LeAnn Chuboff, Senior Technical Manager at SQFI, and Laura Dunn Nelson, VP Food Safety & Global Alliances at Alchemy—discuss the importance of communicating your food safety plan to employees and the need for refresher training.

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Topics: Training

Training Beyond Onboarding: Fostering a Culture of Continuous Learning

Posted by Holly Mockus

Apr 20 2017
Apr 20 2017

When new hires walk through the door, you want them on the plant floor as soon as possible. Many food companies have some sort of formal onboarding process, which may or may not include a few days of classroom training, after which they expect new employees to hit the ground running.

Let’s think about this for a minute.

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Topics: Training

Mobile Coaching Technology Buttresses Food Safety Efforts

Posted by Holly Mockus

Apr 6 2017
Apr 6 2017

It’s a truism in the food industry that one of the keys to ensuring food safety is a focused, well-trained frontline workforce. And employee training in the food industry generally adheres to the following model: workers receive classroom instruction via slide presentation or, if they’re lucky, interactive technology, followed by quizzes or tests to confirm that the desired information has stuck.

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Topics: Training

Can Your Restaurant’s Team Members Keep Up with Your LTOs?

Mar 28 2017
Mar 28 2017

Limited time offers (LTOs) are a tried and true method for increasing restaurant traffic. A recent survey showed that 20% of diners seek out LTOs with some frequency, citing new flavors and new packaging as the main attractions. But these numbers also point to a challenge that restaurant operators face when using LTOs for raising brand awareness and boosting sales.

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Topics: Training

3 Key Training Elements That Motivate Restaurant Employees

Mar 23 2017
Mar 23 2017

Interactivity, gamification, and competition engage Millennials and Gen Z.

All restaurant operators face the challenge of sufficiently engaging their employees, particularly during training. New employees might show up on Day One bright-eyed and ready to go, but in the restaurant world, the job is often more complicated than many people believe.

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Topics: Training

7 Ways to Win the Hearts & Minds of Your Millennial Retail Workers

Posted by Ric Agostini

Mar 17 2017
Mar 17 2017

Retail operations are increasingly filling job openings with workers from the generation born between 1981 and 2000 (aka, millennials). Baby boomers have aged and are retiring. Generation X, the group falling between boomers and millennials, is smaller in population—only about 40 million compared to 80 million millennials. So millennials will constitute the main source of workers for some time.

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Topics: Training

Smart Action by Your Frontline Is Key to Effective Cleaning and Sanitation Operations

Mar 14 2017
Mar 14 2017

Food processing companies go to great lengths to clean and sanitize their facilities frequently. Many plants devote an entire shift with dedicated sanitation crews to accomplish this important task. Cleaning and sanitation crews must know how to dismantle equipment, which chemicals to apply, and when and how to apply those chemicals effectively—all within a specified schedule of frequency of cleaning and sanitation. So, what could go wrong with this routine task?

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Topics: Training

Command and Control vs Collaborative Engagement: Is It an Either/Or Proposition?

Posted by Ric Agostini

Mar 10 2017
Mar 10 2017

There are different ways to lead teams—perhaps as many ways as there are leaders. And a given leader might manage with a different style in a different set of circumstances. While there isn’t a single accepted way to lead or manage, the “right” way should be defined as the one that works to achieve the goals of the organization.

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Topics: Training

Knowledge, Confidence, and the Effectiveness of the Well-Trained Employee

Posted by Ric Agostini

Mar 3 2017
Mar 3 2017

Everyone is familiar with the old expression, “Don’t just stand there, do something.” The original context of the saying was very likely an admonition to help a person in distress—to toss a line to a drowning man, for instance, rather than watch him go under—but over time it has come to be used by leaders in all fields to express a preference for action over inaction.

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Topics: Training

The ROI of Employee Engagement

Posted by Raj Shah

Feb 24 2017
Feb 24 2017

It’s a truism in business that employee engagement is key to employee performance. But what does “employee engagement” even mean? At a high level, think of it as employees making their best effort on the job, fully committed to their company’s values and goals, and contributing to the company’s success. Of course, this definition will vary by company, job, and individual. When you look at the ROI metrics of positively engaged employees, the numbers are convincing.

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Topics: Operations, Training

8 Ways to Get the Most from Your Minimum-Wage Employees

Posted by Ric Agostini

Feb 24 2017
Feb 24 2017

With the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour now likely to hold steady for the foreseeable future, retailers might be tempted to breathe a collective sigh of relief regarding the impact of compensation on their bottom lines. But 29 states have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, minimum wage standards higher than the federal rate.

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Topics: Training

Engage Your Retail Workers with Intrinsic Motivation, Recognition, and Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Ric Agostini

Feb 17 2017
Feb 17 2017

Money talks, as the old saying goes. But in the lower-wage world of the frontline retail workforce, since dramatic pay increases are unlikely to materialize, managers have to look for alternative means of motivating employees. And while there are plenty of perfectly justifiable reasons for not increasing financial rewards for frontline retail workers—tight margins being just one example—supervisors and managers must try to shape specific jobs and tasks in the retail workplace to carry their own intrinsic motivation.

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Topics: Training

A Multi-Channel Approach to Ensuring a Safe Workplace

Posted by Holly Mockus

Feb 6 2017
Feb 6 2017

About 130 years ago, a German psychologist named Hermann Ebbinghaus was doing research on human memory, using himself as the primary guinea pig. His experiments proved what many people strongly suspected: that newly learned information is quickly forgotten—sometimes by as much as 90% within a few days or weeks—unless a specific effort is made to revisit the information and refresh the memory.

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Topics: Training

How to Incorporate Storytelling into Employee Training

Jan 20 2017
Jan 20 2017

There’s a growing trend in the training industry in which more and more companies are relying on storytelling to improve the level of employee engagement in their current programs. Storytelling is most effective when instructors personalize the message for their specific audience. When a personal connection is made, workers tend to remember well-thought-out stories much better than instruction alone.

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Topics: Training

Closing the Gaps: Global Food Safety Training Survey Results

Posted by Raj Shah

Sep 28 2016
Sep 28 2016

Across the global supply chain, the frontline workers who handle our food play a direct and critical role in food safety. With increasing pressure from customers, regulators, and consumers, food companies must ensure their workers are trained, monitored, and coached on proper food handling techniques and practices.

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Topics: Food Safety, Training

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