These days, folks are forgoing diets and fad foods for meals that matter, whether it be in context of meeting their personal nutrition goals or supporting laudable causes. With the needle swinging towards organic and farm-to-table options, many consumers are applying their lifestyles to what they eat as well as what they wear or buy.

Diners take DIY approach to health

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Lunch visitors declined by 2 percent at fast food joints and that affected all other food service outlets. Among the various reasons lunch traffic is down are a smaller labor force participation rate, increase in number of employees working from home and more consumers buying online and not grabbing a quick burger while they’re out shopping.

Quick Service Restaurant Traffic Stalled in 2016

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Workplaces have been undergoing a great deal of revamping since the life expectancy has been getting longer. To help bridge the gap between learning differences, many companies opt to pair new employees with Baby Boomers in order to get them working together from the start. New advancements in technology have also lead to more of an automated workforce. Robots are being seen more often, which can help streamline processes that took more time and effort before. And finally, the recent focus on wellness has led many companies to adopt a wellness program that benefits their employees and customers.

Key Takeaways:

  • To boost communication between workers of different generations, millennial foodservice staff at San Antonio Military Medical Center are paired up with their baby boomer counterparts, who serve as mentors.
  • Workplaces are leaning on robots more often to perform tasks once handled by humans, Sodexo notes. As automation takes a bigger role, some foodservice operations have enlisted robots to help deliver meals to hospital patients, while others use them to speed up prep processes such as rolling sushi.
  • Sustainability has increasingly become the purview of businesses, not just that of the government and related organizations, Sodexo says, noting that pressure from employees seeking sustainable workplaces is a driver.

“Students can find out which specials are being offered each week via dining hall table tents as well as through Dining Services’ social media. During select weeks, the specials may reflect a particular theme, such as Taste of the South.”

http://www.foodservicedirector.com/ideas-innovation/emerging-trends/articles/4-organizational-trends-gaining-steam

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Last minute call offs can have a big impact on an employer and fellow workers. There are many strategies that can be used to curb excessive last minute call offs. Employers can utilize reward system, flexible paid time off policies, and points systems. Policies can be put in place for disciplining employees who do not call off within an acceptable range of time prior to their shift.

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  • To prevent unpredictable schedules, the nutrition team at Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Lee’s Summit, Mo., created an incentive connected to real value for employees.
  • Instead of slapping working parents with an infraction, supervisors analyze each instance on a case-by-case basis, creating a more flexible and trusting environment.
  • Supervisors will sit down with employees who had a last-minute call-off and let them know who and when to call.

“A new presidential administration could mean a new status quo for labor.”

http://www.foodservicedirector.com/managing-your-business/managing-staff/articles/3-more-ways-reduce-last-minute-call-offs-0

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An entity known as United Office has unveiled an operations performance suite. It is called Total Connect Now (TCN). It is the latest addition to their award winning product line. It enables quick serve restaurants and other SMBs to dramatically improve their operational performance and effectiveness using a based operational performance suite.

Unified Office Unveils Operations Performance Suite

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In a tough labor climate, all businesses, including food service operators are revisiting their hiring practices. All the way down to the fine print, businesses are doing whatever it takes to attract strong candidates. It’s 2017 and we are in an ever-changing world. Here’s how managers are editing job descriptions so they’re not writing off potential applicants.

How operators are overhauling job listings

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The luster of feel-good food is often served in less than a few minutes. The average fast-food restaurant has long been a special place in American teens. It’s where teens worked and, until recently, where they hung out with friends. In the last two years, fast food seen a plateau in teenage customers. Read on to learn why!

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  • Whether it was a pizza place, a taco stand, or another purveyor of feel-good food, the fast-food restaurant has long held a special place in American adolescence.
  • Parents today are also less likely to take their kids to a quick serve for breakfast on the way to school, Reynolds says.
  • Health might also be playing a role in the teen traffic drop-off. Health-conscious friends can derail entire visits among teen groups to brands with fewer nutritious options.

“Health might also be playing a role in the teen traffic drop-off. Health-conscious friends can derail entire visits among teen groups to brands with fewer nutritious options.”

https://www.qsrmagazine.com/consumer-trends/fast-food-still-teenage-dream

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