Test Your Food Truck Employees Before Promoting Them

Test Your Food Truck Employees Before Promoting Them

If you believe that one of your food truck employees is ready for a promotion, be sure you don’t jump right in. Performance in their current role doesn’t always predict performance in a future one.

Gather more information by designing an assignment for the employee that mimics the tasks and challenges of the new job (service window, line cook, truck manager). Be transparent and tell them that you are using this experiment to test their ability. Make it short-term, outlining clear success criteria and an evaluation timeline. Be careful not to invisibly promote someone without recognizing their contributions. Permanently providing more responsibility without a change in title or pay can sap motivation.


Richard is an architect by degree (Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan) who began his career in real estate development and architectural planning. In September of 2010 he created Mobile Cuisine Magazine to fill an information void he found when he began researching how to start a mobile hotdog cart in Chicago. Richard found that there was no central repository of mobile street food information anywhere on the internet, and with that, the idea for MCM was born.


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