Newk's Eatery's Online Academy, an employee-education platform, was one of three winners in the Crew-Facing Tech category in QSR Magazine's 2016 Applied Technology Awards.
QSR Magazine commended the fast-casual restaurant brand, which has locations in D'Iberville and Gulfport, for investing in employee education and career advancement during an era of particularly high turnover across the limited-service industry.
Mississippi-based Newk's Eatery launched its Online Academy in September 2014 using HotSchedules Train, a social, mobile, cloud-based learning management system powered by Schoox.
The Online Academy educates team members -- from hourly partners to area directors -- about the culture, standards and core processes that drive the brand. Newk's employees can access the interactive and digital learning content via a computer or mobile device. The site includes hands-on training, coursework, tests and instructional videos and management teams can closely support the progress of their staff.
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More than 5,000 employees use Newk's Online Academy across the brand's more than 95 restaurants nationwide.