It's all about... employee solutions.

Competition for employees is fierce. Operators and managers need solid solutions for locating, hiring and keeping and top performers.

At the Midwest Foodservice Expo, you'll find valuable resources and key takeaways to help you:

  • Attract and retain employees
  • Build a strong, motivated team
  • Create a positive workplace culture
  • Find alternative hiring solutions and recruitment paths
  • Offer benefits your team values

From in-depth education sessions to quick bites on focused topics, MFE has the needs of employers covered.

Happy Employees = Happy Customers

Monday, March 11 at 10:00 am | Ballroom AB

Susan Reilly Salgado, Ph.D. - Consultant, Speaker & Thought Leader, Hospitality Quotient & Union Square Hospitality Group

Keynote presenter Susan Reilly Salgado worked with renowned restaurateur Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) for 18 years and during that time, she learned one basic truth in customer service: happy employees = happy customers.

It is nearly impossible for team members to generate caring, thoughtful, patient, attentive customer service unless they, themselves, feel valued and appreciated by their leaders. If teams don’t trust one another or feel trusted at work, your customers will feel it. By creating trusting, caring work environments with a high degree of accountability, we can ensure a consistently great work experience for our teams that will result in remarkable customer experiences.

Building a Workplace Culture Built to Sustain

Monday, March 11 at 11:30 am

Dr. Lynea LaVoy - Director of Hospitality Management, Madison College

Elizabeth Garcia Hall - Director of Hospitality, Food Fight Restaurant Group

Culture isn’t a two liter. You can’t shake it up and pop the cap open.

Thinking about your culture as a buzz term is bad for business.  Learn the significance of a consistent workplace culture and how to help your team adapt to one another in a more positive and lasting way. You’ll also hear specific examples on relating to your most important customers – your staff.

Walk away with:

  • Tips for motivating across generations.
  • Tools for engaging your hardest to reach employees.
  • Tests to evaluate your culture’s well-being.

Putting Gen Z to Work in Restaurants

Monday, March 11 at 12:45 pm

Rob Gifford - Executive Vice President, National Restaurant Association Education Foundation

With job openings in restaurants at a record high, and millions of people from Generation Z slated to enter the workforce, it’s more important than ever to explore the relationship between younger generations and the restaurant industry. This session will share research from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation on the prevailing attitudes, perceptions and trends that Gen Z has toward working in food and beverage establishments. In this session, you’ll hear:

  • What Gen Z is looking for in a job or career in restaurants and foodservice.
  • Insights from a new national survey on what motivates this rapidly growing workforce.
  • Valuable tips on what employers can do to attract the next generation of talent.

Onboard New Employees with Self-Guided Training

Monday, March 11 at 2:00 pm

Sara Black Warden - Partner & Co-Founder, Luminaries Consulting

Stop onboarding new employees the way you’ve always done it! Instead of telling and showing new hires everything that they need to know, let them discover and see it for themselves.

This session will introduce training strategies and hands-on resources to more rapidly develop new employees, using tools you already have (at little to no cost.)  You’ll gain practical ideas to immediately engage your front of house staff, high potential employees, and team members with opportunities to increase sales or brand image.

  • See how simple, self-guided activities can boost innovation, curiosity and loyalty.
  • Get specific examples of fun learning challenges and scavenger hunts for team training.
  • Find resources - like websites and videos - to help produce a higher ROI from your onboarding.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Culture/Solutions

Tuesday, March 12 at 11:30 am

FairKitchens - Panelists TBA


Focused training in continuous 15-minute presentations offer great tips and best practices for your labor challenges.

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