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5 consumer trends for restaurants to watch in 2014 
Responding to changing consumer behavior will be key to attracting traffic in 2014
Training budgets grow as economy improves, companies start hiring again 
A February survey by the Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers, or CHART, found that the dollars allocated for training are on the rise. In a poll of 140 trainers, 44 percent said their companies planned to increase training budgets this year, 47 percent said training expenses should stay the same as last year, and only 9 percent expected a decrease in spending.
Managers in some smaller markets see larger salary increases 
Even as the recession battered the U.S. economy over the past several years, multiunit restaurant managers and general managers in some smaller markets were enjoying double-digit-percentage pay hikes, according to a survey by the Chain Restaurant Compensation Association, or CRCA, and the Hay Group, a human resources consulting firm. 

Employee turnover up at restaurants 
Latest People Report Workforce Index offers positive signs for industry
Restaurateurs prove selflessness isn’t seasonal 
The holidays may be a time of giving, but for many people, generosity transcends the season. Following are the stories of three restaurant operators who keep the holiday spirit alive from January to December through their acts of kindness.

Special Report: Just rewards 
Study shows growing link between compensation and performance
Operators hopeful election results will yield more business-friendly environment 
As Republican and Democratic leaders retrench in the wake of the game-changing 2010 mid-term elections, members of the restaurant industry are concerned about the long-term impact the contentious race will have on their already stressed businesses.
Restaurant hiring plans slow in 4Q 
People Report: Employers more cautious amid economic uncertainty
Lighting the way 
to energy efficiency 
Saving money, energy and the environment were all valid reasons to pursue low-wattage lighting for use in Red Robin Gourmet Burgers’ restaurants. But ultimately it was how good the food looked under the dining table lamps that sealed the deal. 

Video introductions help job seekers stand out 
Video introductions are gaining a foothold in restaurant recruiting practices as computer webcams, inexpensive video cameras and digital cameras become more popular.
Eco-conscious Denver restaurants band together to make an impact 
United by a desire to become more environmentally responsible, about a dozen restaurants joined the Greener group to share information and resources on eco-friendly business practices.
Anxiety grows over health care reform 
Restaurant execs anticipate cutting jobs and slowing growth, survey finds

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