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Ideas and tools to keep your shift from hitting the fan

Dealing with Minimum Wage Increases

February 24, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Small business owners have a lot of challenges to overcome. In the recent years, healthcare changes have thrown many small businesses for a loop, causing them to set aside more cash flow to pay for the expense. Now minimum wage increases are the next big challenge that

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Love 'Em Profits! How A Well-Designed Menu Can Drive Sales and Profits

February 11, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Valentine's Day is this weekend, a holiday full of love and devotion. As a restaurant owner, the thing you love the most and can't live without are profits. There are many things about your restaurant that have the opportunity to make a big impression on customers to increase your

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Get Your Shift Together: How Miscommunication Is Killing Your Restaurant's Profits

January 7, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Great communication is the cornerstone of any successful business, especially for restaurants. With that many employees and shifts moving through the restaurant, communication often falls through the cracks. Yet shift-to-shift communication is an incredibly valuable key to success.

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Navigate the Stress of Holiday Scheduling

November 10, 2015 by Matt Thompson.

Many managers and owners despise the task of scheduling, but during the holiday season this hate-fire burns more brightly than any other time during the year. Holiday scheduling can absolutely be a stressful nightmare! As a leader, you want to balance the desire to make your employees happy by giving them time off for important events and the need for plenty of staff during this peak time. Here is

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3 Ways to Prepare Your Restaurant for the Holiday Rush

November 10, 2015 by Matt Thompson.

November, December and January are usually hectic months in the restaurant world. Without proper preparation for the increased traffic and inevitable scheduling conflicts that will occur, these next two months will be stressful. It is up to you to see if the mark the holidays leave on your restaurant is a negative or positive one. Here are three ways to prepare your restaurant for the holiday rush.

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Achieve World Class Communication, Like the World Champion Kansas City Royals

November 8, 2015 by Matt Thompson.

ShiftNote’s headquarters are located in the Kansas City Metro, so you can imagine how insane the home office has been with the Royals winning the World Series! The Royals win is changing how baseball is played and a lot of that is due to the outstanding communication the team has.

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How Not To Run Your Shift Like Peyton Manning (Tips for an effective restaurant pre-shift)

December 23, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

There is no arguing that Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football. He confirmed his place in history this weekend, setting the record for the most scoring throws in a season at 51 against the Houston, Texans. His no huddle offense is extremely effective in leading his team to victory, as he's able to quickly call plays without having a discussion with his team

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10 Tips To Help Restaurants Prepare For The Holidays

November 1, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Well maybe for some, but for those that manage and work at restaurants, the holidays can be a very busy and stressful time. We came up with a list of tips and helpful suggestions that will help restaurant staff prepare ahead of time for the

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7 Restaurant Industry Experts to Follow on Twitter

July 15, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

Need some inspiration or new ideas? Or want to keep up with what's going on in the industry? These 7 restaurant industry experts are thought leaders and power Twitter users, and thus worthy of a follow. Whether you're a restaurant owner, looking to open a restaurant, or just want to know what's going on in the industry, these guys and gals have it going on.

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4 Ways Restaurants Can Use Instagram to Drive Traffic

May 28, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

Social media can be an easy and inexpensive way to bring new customers to your restaurant. One social media outlet that is extremely effective for restaurants is Instagram, a photo sharing app for your mobile phone. Instagram is even more effective when it is tied to your Facebook

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