A Gallup poll found that as of last year, engaged, enthusiastic employees comprised about 30-35 percent of the workforce, while disengaged employees comprised about 15 percent. That left 50-55 percent of employees feeling indifferent to their jobs. In other words, the majority of employees felt so-so, at best, about their work. In foodservice, that means that employees’ attention to doing their jobs well, including maintaining safety standards, is likely suffering as a result. A Food Safety Magazine report advises foodservice operators to first focus on employee well-being before more tactical training when building a food safety culture. That involves asking whether staff have a manageable workload, with sufficient time away to recharge. It also requires operators to find ways to make work meaningful – to demonstrate why even seemingly mundane food safety tasks matter. Finally, in cases where results aren’t where they need to be, the team needs to be led differently, with new approaches that invite them to tap into new skills or improve existing ones.