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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How to Re-open Restaurants After a Hurricane

Hurricane Katrina taught us a lot when it comes to re-opening restaurants and business survival. Following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in Louisiana on August 23, 2005, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers closed 21 of its 28 restaurants at the time. It wasn’t until October 28th, 2005, that all locations were reopened and operating at normal hours. Many…

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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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Get Ready Now: Restaurant Hurricane Preparedness

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Download Consult to Grow’s® Restaurant Hurricane Preparedness Tools & Templates The safety of your team and customers should always be your #1 priority in the case of a hurricane or tropical storm. High winds, torrential rainfall, and flooding can cause significant damage, so it’s crucial to have a robust restaurant hurricane preparedness plan in place—before…

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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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Restaurant Financial Benchmarks: How Do You Compare?

Restaurant Financial Benchmarks: How Do You Compare

Restauranteurs often go into the hospitality business because of their love of food and people. That love doesn’t always translate to profits. When a restaurant isn’t making money, it’s an expensive hobby at best or a high risk financial investment at worst. What can you do if you’re restaurant is not profitable enough or at…

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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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Stop the Frenzy: How to Prioritize Projects in 3 Steps

Is your team working hard in many different directions without much traction? If so, it might be time to pause, inventory initiatives, and prioritize projects. When everything is a priority, nothing is a priority. We learned this lesson the hard way growing Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers. Many years ago, when I worked at Cane’s, we…

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