How to Retain and Inspire Top Talent, Even in this Tough Economy

If you’ve watched the news lately, or followed the markets, you’ve probably found the economic data as puzzling and disconcerting as I have.  Up one day, way down the next.  One economic analyst talks about a slow recovery, the other warns us of the next recession.  The roller coaster we’re on isn’t showing any signs… Read more »

Performance Management: More Action, Fewer Excuses Means a Better Bottom Line

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.” –Harold S. Geneen If you’ve ever managed a single person, then you know that employees make excuses.  They procrastinate, miss deadlines and blame others when they fail. So how do you get them… Read more »

Hiring Still Slow? Now is the Time to Review Your Employment Screening Process

The BLS Employment Situation Summary continues to paint an anemic economic picture. Economists continue to talk about a “jobless recovery,” with many employers focusing on productivity gains, as opposed to hiring, to manage any increases in business. What’s the upside? Well, if your company isn’t focused on hiring right now, it may be the perfect… Read more »

Strategies for Helping Young Food & Beverage Managers Succeed

The newbie.  The greenhorn.  The tenderfoot. As if these monikers weren’t burdensome enough, the young manager faces yet another challenge because of his age – namely, resentment. You know your new manager has the skills and qualifications to handle heightened responsibilities.  But too often, older, more seasoned employees view a fresh manager as a threat,… Read more »

Tips for Effective Employee Onboarding

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When you hear this saying, you may envision a nervous job seeker, compulsively straightening his suit and repeating his 30-second “personal sales pitch” before an interview.  But quite honestly, the saying is just as relevant for food & beverage hiring companies.  Why? When you… Read more »

Best Practices for Managing Food & Beverage Contract Employees

If yours is like most forward-thinking food & beverage companies, you are integrating contract employees with direct staff to maximize resources and meet project objectives.  But are you getting the best results from your contract staff? To get the most from your contract personnel, you must understand their motivations and develop a culture in which… Read more »

Hiring: Tips for Writing Effective Candidate Rejection Letters

These days, competition for positions in the food and beverage industry is fierce.  With a greater number of candidates vying for fewer openings, you may find yourself having to say “No” more often.  Needless to say, writing rejection letters can be an unpleasant and stressful part of the hiring process. But even when you can’t offer a job… Read more »

Five Traits to Help Identify Mentors in Your Organization

An effective mentoring program provides a wide range of business benefits: Facilitated onboarding.  Mentoring speeds up the process of bringing on new hires as well as redeploying existing employees into new lines of work. Increased employee satisfaction and retention.  Research has shown that employees who participate in mentoring programs have higher job satisfaction and reduced… Read more »

Tips to Retain High Performers

Because of their drive to achieve personal career goals, high performers are unafraid to take risks – this includes leaving your company for a competitor’s.  So how do you keep your best and brightest working for you?  Use these insights to motivate your high performers and maximize their job satisfaction: They need opportunities to learn… Read more »

Tips for Writing Effective Job Descriptions

Have you ever bought something on impulse?  Ever wonder what attracted you to the item in the first place? Whatever the reason, something about the way that product was marketed created a strong attraction in you – strong enough to make you act. In many ways, job postings are a lot like the impulse items… Read more »