In Quarter 1 of 2020 the United States employment rate was 71.4% according to data provided by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the unemployment rate was 4.4% as reported by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS). However, given the pandemic, unemployment was at an all-time high of 14.7% ending the month of April 2020. As companies across the United States reopen, business owners may be scrambling to call back workers or may be uncertain how many employees they can afford to have while revenue is down.(more…)
It’s hard to understate how difficult it is to own your own small business, unless you’ve been there before. Your theoretical tool belt has to be fully stocked with a myriad of personal skills including, but not limited to, finance, economics, product/service offerings and more. There are some preparatory measures to take that can help improve your small business success.
Read, ‘8 Tips: How to Advertise Your Restaurant Business’ for marketing tips and tricks every restaurant should know.(more…)
Leadership isn’t just about making decisions, it’s about learning what works, what doesn’t, and the ability to pivot quickly when necessary. A successful leader also knows when to take a step back to evaluate the situation. As an aspiring manager, begin assessing your strengths and weaknesses. What is your leadership style and how do you plan to grow professionally?
Read, “Learning How to Delegate” for more information on how to become a successful leader.(more…)
These days, reviews mean everything. Both new and established restaurants heavily rely on them for new customers. But does your restaurant have the time to respond to each and every review on Google, Yelp, FourSquare, OpenTable, Zomato, Trip Advisor, etc? In a 2018 survey from BrightLocal, “86% of consumers read online reviews for local businesses” and “89% of consumers read the businesses’ response to reviews.” Restaurants can no longer ignore online restaurant reputation management; it can mean the difference between a fully booked dining room or complete dissolution of the business.(more…)
Originally published January 29, 2019, updated February 8, 2021.
The Midwest is no stranger to arctic air masses this time of year, especially the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley regions. This type of weather system brings both bitter cold and wind chills that create dangerous conditions for those in its path. Do you know what to do to prepare for an arctic blast? Are you prepared to prevent frozen pipes in your buildings and structures?(more…)
While the holidays are a time to indulge in some sweet treats while surrounded by loved ones, it’s common for many people to gain unwanted weight throughout that time. So, how can you enjoy these salivating treats, while staying healthy during the holidays? The key is moderation. You do not have to say no to these temptations, but do indulge conservatively. Instead of waiting for the buffet lunch or dinner, keep eating normal, balanced meals throughout the day.(more…)
What is Deep Fryer Safety?
Deep fryer safety is essential when deep fat frying in order to prevent serious burn injuries and fires. Deep-frying involves cooking foods in grease at a very high temperature, 400 degrees or higher. Foods commonly deep-fried during the holidays include turkey, chicken, duck, crab cakes, latkes, empanadas and more. While deep-fried food can be quite tasty, it’s important to practice deep fryer safety every time you drop those scrumptious holiday delights into hot oil.(more…)
For centuries, harvesting ice was the only means of refrigerating perishable food items. If you lived in the United States, chances are you’d be relying on ice harvesters throughout New England to intricately pack the ice and make ready for a long transport. As you can imagine, shipping ice all across the country can be arduous and costly (even before you consider the loss of product while in transit).
It wasn’t until 1835, when the first patent was granted for a Vapor-Compression Refrigeration Cycle. Over the years, technology has vastly improved and almost everyone can recall growing up with a refrigerator in their own homes. As with many items that have become commonplace, we sometimes take for granted the amount of thought which went into the design and may overlook the importance of regular maintenance on the equipment after it has been installed. (more…)
Taking out the trash can be dangerous. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. And the numbers prove it.
Recent large losses among Society Insurance policyholders include the following claims:
- Shoulder injury: $121,000
- Shoulder injury (again): $117,628
- Back injury: $62,550
- Back strain: $17,347
What is especially interesting is that these claims have one thing in common. They all involve taking out the trash.
So, what can be done to reduce the danger and make trash removal safer? Start by controlling the hazards associated with these three simple areas: (more…)