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Every franchisee who relies on hourly employees has struggled with finding good, dependable staff and managers. There are some tricks of the trade, techniques, and processes that can help you interview better, hire smarter, train better, and retain longer. Successful franchisees are the ones with great employees who are passionate about the brand, its customers, the people they work for, and their own career advancement.

Find tips and insight from human resources experts, franchisees, and franchisors who know what it takes to hire, train, and retain top-performing employees.

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Time and speed of service are critical to the customer experience. Everyone in the organization has to understand how valuable time is to the customer.
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One of the strategies multi-unit franchisees Brooke and Les Wilson practice to keep both their marriage and their business on track is to keep each in its proper place.
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New survey highlights how young consumers want food that is tasty and affordable, made with quality ingredients, and offered in a social environment.
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Jesse and Charles Keyser are two brothers who operate franchise units for three brands--Little Caesars, Sport Clips, and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning. They've built their business by leveraging Jesse's salesmanship and drive, Charles' operational skills and passion for food, and a dedicated approach to their business philosophy.
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When an EF4 tornado ripped through the northeastern Dallas suburb of Rowlett the day after Christmas last year, the people at a McAlister's Deli a mile away knew just what to do.
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College student falls in love with Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Arizona and brings the brand back to his home state of Nebraska. He's just opened his second location and a third is on the way.
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Ed Wolak will open his 100th Dunkin' Donuts location next year. He's a dedicated multi-unit franchisee who has served in all kinds of industry leadership roles since forming his company in 1975. But he will tell you that his philanthropic commitment to the communities he serves is paramount to his ongoing success. He operates in Maine, New Hampshire, and New York and has developed a reputation for social responsibility and community involvement.
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Franchisees work hard, provide jobs, help their communities, and inspire countless others to follow in the footsteps of their well-earned success. That's why we recognize the best of them each year with our Most Valuable Performer (MVP) Awards.
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Create long-term stability for your family business and lay the groundwork for future growth by defining a vision, providing opportunities, creating an exit plan, and using family governance policies, and other provisions to bring in the next generation
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Jeff Davis' United States Beef Corporation (US Beef) operates 333 restaurants in 8 states across the country's midsection (Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming), providing employment and career path opportunities for more than 7,000 employees. The company has an aggressive expansion plan to add 70 new restaurants by 2022 and remodel 123 existing stores along the way.
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The difference between being a leader and being an exceptional leader is admitting shortcomings and weaknesses. Avoid these common mistakes, take steps to create new habits, and gain more respect and followers.
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The Saxton Group, a Dallas-based McAlister's Deli franchisee with 67 locations, has built a culture around knowing when and how to respond in the communities where it does business.
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