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Burnout

Instead of striving for perfection, work to achieve excellence. Your goal should be great work, not picture-perfect minutiae.

5 Restaurant staffing best practices

Restaurants can find and retain staff members with these helpful tips.

grocery shopping

This week’s most popular news spread across all sectors of our vertical – food retail, CPG and foodservice.

Educational leader Fred Ende predicts a focus on STEAM, blended learning and collegial circles.

Gifts

What employees really want doesn’t come in a box or require a bow. And it’s certainly not restricted to December.

In part II of this STEM policy update, we hear from Lindsey Gardner about STEM and CTE.

Net neutrality repeal: Don't panic

An education policy expert tells why repealing net neutrality is not a death blow to education.

Technical

Technical knowledge is great, but when you become a manager or a business owner, you need to shift your mindset.

Bringing customer communication into the digital age

From chatbots to voice technology, read about how food and beverage brands are adapting their communication strategies for today's digital consumers.

Networking

Ever try speed networking? Here are some potential benefits.

Professor Scott McLeod discusses how educational leadership can adapt to best serve students.

Wellness

Even with these awareness-building efforts, there’s still a huge stigma attached to talking about mental health in the workplace.

Tips for makerspaces, maker projects

This Tech Tip roundup offers ideas for makerspaces, maker projects, sketchnoting, more.