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Managers Can Schedule Anywhere with Technology

October 25, 2017 by Matt Thompson.

Being a restaurant manager comes with many responsibilities, and one of the least enjoyable to perform is scheduling employees. So often restaurant managers are still using paper calendars or Excel sheets that have to be constantly tweaked and updated every time employees make any changes

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7 Easy Ways to Reduce Employee Turnover

October 3, 2017 by Matt Thompson.

Do you know what the root of a business’ problem is 90% of the time?

It’s employee turnover.

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Your Wait Staff is your Sales Team: Reward Performance!

January 24, 2017 by Matt Thompson.

Your wait staff is an integral part of your restaurant’s success. This goes beyond managing tables and providing excellent customer service, although those two actions are vital to leaving a positive lasting impression on your patrons. Your wait staff also acts as your

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Improving Sales Performance - Be Kind and Get Paid

January 17, 2017 by Matt Thompson.

 There are many things you can do to help in improving sales performance for your restaurant. You can try the age old tactics of offering happy hour drinks and appetizers during slower times. You can invest in marketing or restaurant and menu redesign. You can

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How to Change Organizational Behavior in Your Workplace

December 26, 2016 by Larry Struckman.

What is the key to business success? Is it having a great product? Controlling your expenses? Profit and loss management? Scheduling the right people at the right time? While your products and/or services matter, the real key to success – in any industry –

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Scheduling Secrets Revealed - 5 Secrets to Success

October 4, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Losing focus on different parts of your establishment is easy when you are busy with managerial duties. It may seem easier to quickly fill out a schedule last minute and send it out to employees without doing much research on staffing needs or employee availability, but

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Birds of a Feather - 4 Restaurant Recruitment Strategies

September 13, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

The perception of indifference from employees is the number one reason why a person will never do business with a company again. In a restaurant where a customer spends all of their time interacting with employees, this impression can make or break your business.

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The ABC’s of Easier Employee Scheduling with Technology

July 16, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

One of the most dreaded part of management is dealing with employee scheduling. Whether you have five employees or 50, trying to manage and organize everyone’s availability into a working schedule is a daunting and never ending task. Luckily, the process does not have to

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Building a Sales Driven Culture

June 16, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

One of the most difficult industries to work in is the restaurant world. From the precise timing of ingredient quantity purchases to keeping the customer experience strong with superior service, managing a restaurant requires a well-oiled machine approach. A fundamental way

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School's Out for Summer! Staff Scheduling Changes

May 20, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

Summer feeling is in the air! Everyone is breaking out their flip-flops and exchanging plans for summer vacations. With all this excitement in the air, you may already be getting time off requests from your waitstaff. Likewise, you are seeing a flood of former employees and new

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Patio Season Is Drinking Season! Preparing for a Successful Patio Season

May 4, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone and the beer-filled holiday is unofficially known as the kickoff day for patio season for restaurants. There is no doubt your patio was up and running for the holiday, but you want to make sure you are prepared for the flow of people who want to

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The Ultimate Guide for Managing Your Prime Cost

April 12, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

One of the hardest parts about operating a restaurant is controlling costs. A lot of things seem out of your control, especially as a new restaurant. For example, you have to buy enough stock of everything to meet demand, but not too much where the food becomes a waste of

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3 tips for Working With a Skeleton Crew During Spring Break Requests Off

March 2, 2016 by Matt Thompson.

It’s that time of year again for college students and other 20 year olds to flock to the beach for a spring break getaway. While the vacation of partying and letting loose is a blast for your younger wait staff, dealing with a skeleton crew during the popular spring break period can quickly

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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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ShiftNote Summer 2015 Release Notes: Make Scheduling Even Easier

May 20, 2015 by Matt Thompson.

Our code ninjas have been hard at work improving ShiftNote Scheduling! They listened to your feedback about what you would like to see and have been training hard to make Scheduling a more awesome and efficient experience. We are ready to release the following new features to enhance your Scheduling capability.

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The ShiftNote Scheduler 2.0

December 24, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

On Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, we will be releasing an updated version of our employee scheduling tool to all users. Over the past year, we've met with hundreds of customers to see how they use the existing tools and have listened to amazing feedback on changes we needed to

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New Features - Swapping Shifts and Position Locations

October 14, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

For those using the ShiftNote Scheduler, we've now made it easier to swap shifts between employees, and also to specify where an employee might be working within your business.

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New Feature Friday: Bulletin Board Notification Settings, Schedule Printing and More Reporting

September 6, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

We've got a couple new features to share with you this week!

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New Features for Employees - Calendar, Messaging, and Setting Availability

July 25, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

We've got some big updates for you this week! Employees can now see specific events on the ShiftNote calendar, they can send and receive messages from management, and they can set their own availability (if management allows it). These features are available if you have either

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Day View, New Template Design, and Auto Scheduling Enhancements Added

June 27, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

Three big enhancements were added to the ShiftNote scheduling tools this week to continue our mission of creating the best employee scheduling tools in the world for restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and more! As always, shoot us a note if there is a feature you would like to

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Another Round of New Features Added to Our Scheduling Software

June 13, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

As we continue our mission to make the best scheduling software available, we've added a handful of new features that will make your life much easier! We will continue to release new features as fast as we can build them, and always welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we

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Employee Scheduling Tools Now Include Color Coding Options

May 30, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

New feature alert! The ShiftNote employee scheduling tools now includes a color coding option so that it's easier to distinguish different positions when building a schedule. To choose colors for each position, go to Schedules > Settings > Manage Positions. Then select

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New Feature - Setting Overtime to Manage the Risk of Pay or Play Penalties

May 13, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

We've added a new feature to the ShiftNote employee scheduling tool which will help managers to set overtime to manage the risk of Pay or Play Penalties. Currently managers could select from 40 or 50 hours worked in a week to be considered overtime, but we have added an

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Scheduling Notification Options: Text Alerts

May 6, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

Are you a current user of our employee scheduling software? If so, we've got new features!

New to our scheduling notification options, is the option to be alerted via text message about shift changes or pending shift requests. Previously employees were notified via email about open shifts, approved or denied requests, and schedule changes. Now they have the option to

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The ShiftNote Employee Scheduling Software is Here!

April 23, 2013 by Matt Thompson.

We are so very excited to announce that we have released a new add-on product for the ShiftNote Digital Logbook that is going to make your life as a manager so much easier! Our employee scheduling software will allow you to create and edit schedules right from your ShiftNote

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