Training the trainers: Jersey Mike's, Chipotle, others discuss training 'trade secrets'

| by Cherryh Cansler
Training the trainers: Jersey Mike's, Chipotle, others discuss training 'trade secrets'

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As most QSR operators have learned, even leaders who most desire and invest in training initiatives don't always succeed. Keeping multiple generations of workers in various restaurant roles all up to speed and engaged in their jobs is much more difficult than most restaurateurs anticipate.

That's why the upcoming Fast Casual Executive Summit, Oct. 7-9 in Seattle, is such a must for restaurateurs who want to be on the leading edge with their training initiatives. At the meeting next month, attendees will hear from executives at Chipotle, Jersey Mike's, Holler & Dash and Rise Biscuits Donuts about hard-learned lessons, top tricks and techniques and most of all the ROI of a terrific, well-planned and executed training program.

In the panel discussion, leadership from these varied concepts will share their training strategies in an engaging session dubbed fittingly, "Why Your Old-School Training Methods are Failing."

Speakers include:

  • Chipotle Digital Employee Experience Manager Peter Blair
  • Holler & Dash COO Mike Chissler
  • Jersey Mike's Vice President of Leadership, Coaching and Culture Keith Hertling
  • Rise Biscuits Donuts CEO Tom Ferguson Jr.
  • PlayerLync Senior Director for Customer Success Peter McLaughlin

The discussion will revole around case studies documenting instances where upgraded training methods resulted in better team communication, enhanced efficiencies, lower turnover and ultimately, better sales. 

Brands mired in past training approaches filled with cumbersome manuals and outdated videos would do well to attend as they plan for the next steps in their workforce education efforts. Restaurant employees today — especially younger team members weaned on all types of technology — have come to expect a variety of hands-on techniques to learn  their jobs, so it's essential for truly competitive brands to know what's out there and how to best fit it to their concepts needs.

Join the forum and learn not only what's available and what works, but when a brand should invest in new training approaches. It's a grat chance to take it from the top in restaurant training today. Join us in Seattle by registering here for the summit.



Photo: iStock

Topics: Business Strategy and Profitability, Coffee/Bakery/Donut, Fast Casual Executive Summit, Human Resources, Staffing & Training, Workforce Management

Companies: Chipotle, PlayerLync, Jersey Mike's Subs

Cherryh Cansler

Before joining Networld Media Group as director of Editorial, where she oversees Networld Media Group's nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she's written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness. Her byline has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for

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