Restaurant Pay Planning: How to Navigate 2023 Complexity

Restaurant Pay Planning

The restaurant business thrives on consistency. For the past 10 years (since the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis) the average annual wage increase percentage has been about 3%. CFOs are asking restaurant operations and people leaders for budget indications for 2023 just as organizations and government agencies are announcing all-time high numbers around inflation,…

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Now is the Time to Invest in Restaurant Managers

Restaurant manager positions are make-or-break positions for restaurants. Despite that, our investment in management development has never been lower. Prior financial crises and recent COVID austerity have led to diminished investments in time and resources dedicated to developing restaurant leaders. Many of the current leaders were forged in a “Post-COVID” world of impaired training and…

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How to Beat Burnout to Build Business

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WHAT IS BURNOUT?  Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. Excessive and prolonged stress occurs when you feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands.  Download the Beating Burnout Handout for Free // You will be subscribed to our email list. Signs you’re on the path to…

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Six Most Read 2021 Insights

Most Read Restaurant Insights

As 2021 draws to a close, we’re revisiting our most popular insights over the past year. Here are the most-read posts on https://www.consulttogrow.com/thoughts/. 6. Total Rewards that Drive ResultsGiven the labor market the restaurant industry is facing, make sure you’re investing in recruitment, retention, and operational results.  Read the full blog post. → 5.  A North…

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How to Develop your Vision, Values & Mission Statement

How to Develop Your Vision, Values & Mission Statement

Can you imagine being fired your first week on a job because you were trying to be proactive? That’s what almost happened to me during my first week working at Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers in 2001. Learning the vision, values, and mission statement was essential to me understanding where I went wrong. How the value…

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How to Go From Friend to Boss

Managing the transition from friend to boss is both common and challenging, especially in the restaurant industry. If you are struggling as a new-in-position manager, you are not alone. 60% of first-time managers surveyed found managing people that were once their peers was the toughest challenge. Yet, friends are incredibly important at work. A Gallup…

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How to: Assessing Restaurant Talent

Company-wide performance is highly dependent on restaurant-level shift leaders and the managers above them running high-quality shifts that ensure operations meet or exceed: operational standards, commitments to the team and customers. Restaurant groups are only as strong as the weakest shift run in the business, which makes assessing restaurant talent, especially at the management level, crucial. …

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Download our Free 2022 Restaurant HR Calendar Now

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2022 Month-by-Month Deadlines and Dates Every Restaurant Owner and HR Manager Need to Know As a small to medium restaurant business, navigating the many important HR dates and deadlines can be difficult. To help you proactively manage your year, Consult to Grow® has created this 2022 Restaurant HR Calendar. This document has not been legally…

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Abundance, not Scarcity, is the Greatest Fuel for Growth

As we look back at 2020, it is easy to see scarcity as a defining feature of personal and business transformations. Lockdowns and re-lockdowns have led to business slowdowns and employee layoffs. Sales are down and unemployment is up. Surviving restaurants are competing for fewer customer visits and leveraging digital platforms once considered more foe…

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3 Ways to Fix the Broken Performance Review Process

Few human resources practices are more hated than the annual process of sharing performance reviews. If you lament this routine as a financial and emotional drain on your workforce, you are not alone. An estimated 10 percent of Fortune 500 have moved away from performance rankings according to the Institute of Corporate Productivity. Companies such as…

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