Nov 11, 2014
Written by: Tim Houlihan
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Learn what food trucks and employee engagement initiatives have in common.
Stand to the right. Decide on your order before you get to the window – then open wide. The current trend for truckside dining is continuing to grow and the National Food Truck Association estimates that restaurants-on-wheels generate $1 billion of sales annually in the U.S. What’s interesting to note is that only part – and probably not the largest part – of this phenomenon is about food. The rest of the buzz centers on the highly personal experience of the individual diners.
Standing in line for lunch at our favorite food truck location, we got to thinking about how similar this experience was to a well-designed employee engagement strategy (and yes, that is the kind of thing we thought about in the food truck line, because we’d already decided on the pork belly taco with the cilantro-lime reduction, so we had some extra time). Here’s what we mused before we got ready to chow down:
Many food truck owners say they couldn’t do what they do, or sell as much food as they do, without a heavy reliance on social media. Twitter and Facebook are the chief connection points between one mobile food unit and its legion of uber-urban hipsters who follow its location the way rabid sports fans follow the play-by-play. The lesson for your engagement program: if you aren’t out in front with social media allowing your managers and employees to follow, recognize and reinforce each other in ways they prefer, then you might be giving your engagement program a hard-to-overcome flat tire.
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