1. Intro

This questionnaire is designed to maximize the benefits of Mel's upcoming presentation. Please answer each of the questions that apply to your group and submit this form at your earliest convenience.

* 1. In 2010, we expect to:

* 2. In 2010, which types of employees do you predict you will add over and above existing staff count? (Check all that apply.)

* 3. If you are planning to downsize or change your employment mix, if so, at which levels are you looking to reduce staff? (Check all that apply.)

* 4. Check the one statement that most closely describes your 2010 commitment to training.

* 5. If you will be increasing training, in what areas will you be investing? (Check all that apply.)

* 6. If you are going to decrease training, in what areas will you be making cuts? (Check all that apply.)


* 7. What changes have you seen in overall employee turnover in the last 12 months?

* 8. Which one percentage range below best describes your overall turnover for each of the three employee categories listed?


  14% or below 15% - 24% 25% - 49% 50% - 74% 75% - 100% 101% - 150% >150%
Managers
Full-time employees
Part-time employees

* 9. Which statement best describes your current level of recruiting?

* 10. What has been your one best source for recruiting frontline employees?

* 11. What has been your one best source for recruiting store managers?

* 12. Which background checks and screening tools do you use to evaluate prospective employees? (Check all that apply.)

* 13. Which background checks and screening tools do you plan to add in 2010? (Check all that apply.)

* 14. Are you taking advantage of Work Opportunity Tax Credits?

* 15. How do you think the passage of a healthcare reform bill will affect:

  Positively Negatively About the same
Your cost of benefits
Your ability to compete

* 16. Describe any changes made to your benefits packages in 2009:


  Increased benefits Decreased benefits No changes
Hourly Employees
Store Managers

* 17. What changes do you plan to make in 2010 to your benefits packages for:

  Increasing Decreasing Staying about the same
Hourly employees
Store managers

* 18. Which statement best describes your current pay policies for hourly employees?

* 19. Which statement best describes your current pay policies for store managers?

* 20. Do you believe there will be pressure to increase hourly employee wages in 2010?

* 21. Do you believe there will be pressure to increase managers' wages in 2010?

* 22. Which, if any, of the following systems or technologies are you currently investing in to help control or manage labor costs, improve the hiring process, and/or improve productivity?

* 23. If you checked "Outsourcing" in the previous question, please briefly describe your outsourcing activities here.

* 24. Did the July 2009 rise in the minimum wage rate affect your operations?

* 25. In 2009, employee-related law suits:

* 26. In 2009, worker's compensation claims:

* 27. What is your labor cost as a percentage of sales?

* 28. In 2010, do you expect your labor costs as a percentage of sales to be:

* 29. What is you labor cost as a percentage of overall expenses?

* 30. In 2010, do you expect your labor costs as a percentage of expenses to be:

* 31. What is your cost of benefits as a percentage of payroll?

* 32. Which of the following are included in your benefit packages?

* 33. What is your average number of inside transactions per day/per store?

* 34. What is the average number of employees per store?

* 35. What is the average number of employees per shift/per store?

* 36. What is the average wage for a store manager?

* 37. What is the average wage for an assistant store manager?

* 38. What is the average hourly rate for a full-time worker?

* 39. What is the average hourly rate for a part-time worker?

* 40. Do you have a major food service component as part of your operation:

* 41. If you have major food service operation, is it run separately or as part of overall store operations?

* 42. Help us benchmark the survey results by telling us a little about your current operations beginning with your number of store locations:

* 43. Your position or job title:

* 44. Number of employees:

* 45. Annual revenues:

* 46. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our survey. Be sure to look for the summary results in our January 2010 issue. For a free copy of the in-depth survey findings, please provide your email address below:

* 47. To be entered in the charitable drawing giveaway, please provide the following information:

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