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$Money Matters: Balancing Costs and Food Safety Goals

Money matters in any foodservice operation – whether it be in hospitals, assisted living facilities, schools, restaurants, or any other type of operation. Managers are keenly aware that they must balance costs while meeting the goals of their operation.  When balancing costs, we all know that food safety goals cannot be compromised.  Our October webinar provided a great overview of ways to look at costs in foodservice, and how to balance those costs to meet your organizational objectives.  Dr. Julie Boettger’s webinar is available for you to view at www.foodhandler.com/  .  You can earn an hour of continuing education credit while learning great tips for improvements in your operation! Today, I will highlight some of her main points from my perspective and discuss them in…

It’s All About Numbers: Performance Measures to Enhance Operational Effectiveness

There are a number of performance measures that can provide feedback to managers regarding effectiveness. In this first blog for May, we will discuss some of these tools and how they might be used for a foodservice. These assessments can track the effectiveness of many aspects including operational, financial, food safety, customer service, and human resources. Comparison with industry (external) or internal benchmarks can provide useful feedback on performance.   In the second blog for May, we will discuss some strategies to improve labor productivity, such as time-motion economy, ergonomics, and work simplification principles. As a side note, some research has found that the application of these techniques not only improves consistency and quantity of work, but leads to less fatigue and injury by workers...

Implementing Active Managerial Control

In our last blog, we defined and discussed the concept of active managerial control.  Now we will present some ideas on just what is needed to begin an approach of active managerial control. Here are some things that you can do in your operation:   Understand food safety and the science behind it.  One very basic thing you can do is become a Certified Food Protection Manager. There are several programs that meet the American National Standards Institute-Conference on Food Protection requirements.  One of the most common is ServSafe® from the National Restaurant Association, but there are also four other approved programs. As someone with this certification, you are better prepared to provide food safety training to your employees and better able to explain why...

Food Safety Doesn’t Just Happen!

No, food safety in retail foodservices doesn’t happen by accident—it is well planned and executed. It is controllable and foodborne illnesses are preventable! While food workers implement correct food handling and cleaning practices, the operators (managers, supervisors, or the person-in-charge) play a key role in making sure that safe food handling practices are known to all and actually followed. Today, we are introducing you to the term active managerial control and what it means in your operation.  In the next blog, we will talk about how it is implemented in foodservice operations.   What is active managerial control? It is a proactive approach to food safety where procedures and systems are in place to identify potential food safety issues, and allow you to address them...