[HUB] Managing labor costs by motivating workers

A best practice to reduce the high costs of turnover is to not lose good workers in the first place — we can help. Retain workers by motivating them and inspiring them, and they’ll stick around longer, work harder and do better. Engagement can begin before you’ve even made the hiring decision. Learn how some members have motivated their workforce and what resources there are to help in this HUB article.

Seattle councilmember proposes large business payroll tax

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has announced a proposal to tax large businesses to fund affordable housing and conversion of Seattle homes from oil and gas to electric systems.The proposal would require a 1.7% payroll tax on the largest 3% of Seattle corporations, as measured by payroll in the city. To read more about the proposal, click here.

Prostart Invitational is March 14

The best and brightest culinary and management students in Washington compete to become state champions and proceed to the national competition in Washington D.C. this spring. This is a great place to source new and upcoming talent for your business and operations. We can’t wait to see you there! Click here to register.

Over $500 in prizes to be raffled at each Hospitality Summit

When you register for a Hospitality Summit before Feb. 29, you receive two additional entries into a prize drawing. That’s two more chances to win big just by registering early. Join us at these industry events in King County, the Peninsula (Clallam and Jefferson counties), Pierce County, Spokane and Tri-Cities.

Click here to register.

Lodging: Take part in minimum wage impact survey

Washington State University is conducting an anonymous survey on the impacts of minimum wage changes on Washington hospitality operations and financial performance. There are conflicting reports on how the minimum wage increases have impacted Washington businesses, and we need your input so we can better inform the industry and government about those impacts. WSU will be sharing its findings with the association. You can also receive a copy; information in survey.


Upcoming ServSafe Manager Classes

All classes are 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Kent: March 9 at Harbor Foodservice
Registration Deadline: Feb. 24

Tacoma: March 19 at Bargreen Ellingson
Registration Deadline: March 5

Spokane: March 26 at Sysco
Registration Deadline: March 12

Seattle: April 7 at Bargreen Ellingson (SODO)
Registration Deadline: March 24

Everett: April 20 at US Foods Everett
Registration Deadline: April 6

Fife: June 3 at US Foods
Registration Deadline: May 20

Register your employees

Additional Training Available

First Aid
MAST Permit
Food Allergies
Restaurant Certifications
Hotel & Lodging Certifications
Sexual Harassment Prevention


Burger King’s new ad campaign breaks the mold by featuring mold (Business Insider)

Heathrow hotel block-booked as coronavirus quarantine facility (The Guardian)

Chick-fil-A’s customer service obsession (Upstate Business Journal)

Sandals Resorts producing and using biodiesel from its own UCO in St. Lucia (Biofuels Digest)

Prefab construction gains ground on the West Coast (Building Designs + Construction)

Make it a combo: Franchise owners balance love, family, work (Tulsa World)