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Aug 27, 2009, 10:30 ET from Quiznos

DENVER, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey* conducted with human resource professionals reveals a significant gap between them and employees when it comes to perceived morale in the workplace. The recent study, conducted by Quiznos and LinkedIn, found that 63 percent of HR professionals believe their workforce feels insecure during the current recession. In a similar survey conducted earlier this month**, employees indicated they felt differently, with only 34 percent stating they feel insecure. In response to these findings, Quiznos has proclaimed Friday, August 28th "HR Appreciation Day" to help close this communication gap between the two parties and "take the heat off" of HR during these stressful times.

Quiznos, pioneer of the toasted sandwich and one of the nation's premier restaurant chains for sandwiches, salads and soups, released this survey in line with its current $1 Sub Sale called Toasty Toasty. The chain is encouraging workers and their HR representative to take a work break and enjoy the Toasty Toasty promotion where customers can buy one of Quiznos' most popular sandwiches for themselves at full price and receive another for just $1. Often HR representatives are only on the receiving end of complaints and tough issue resolution, but HR Appreciation Day could help shift that.

"I think a day such as 'HR Appreciation Day' is important, not just to recognize the difficult job that HR professionals have encountered through one of the worst economic periods in history, but also to help start a conversation in an effort to get employees and HR on the same page," said Evelyn Calleja, President of the human resources consultancy firm The Business Within. "While the Toasty Toasty campaign is not going to solve issues at the heart of the problem, it is a great way to bring both sides together and open the lines of communication, while having fun at the same time. Tasty food is a great equalizer and a wonderful way to get folks to sit at the same table."

The study also found that while only 11 percent of HR professionals believe their employees feel at least somewhat appreciated by the organization, 37 percent of employees actually stated they do feel appreciated despite any cuts or loss of benefits that have occurred during the recession.

"Quiznos understands that times are tough, particularly in the workplace," said Trey Hall, Quiznos marketing spokesperson. "With so many companies and organizations being forced into layoffs or eliminating work perks, we recognize there is a lot of uncertainty in the office. With 'HR Appreciation Day' and the Toasty Toasty promotion, we're hoping to find ways to help bring some fun back into the workplace."

The Toasty Toasty promotion will look to bring together all parties in the workplace and provide them with a new perk to share during the workday. Customers can choose from one of four popular subs at regular price and get a second sandwich of the same size and recipe - small, medium or large - for $1. The promotion includes these Quiznos favorites: the Classic Italian, Turkey Ranch & Swiss, Mesquite Chicken and the Traditional.

About Quiznos

Celebrating its 27th anniversary, Denver-based Quiznos is an international chain designed for today's busy consumers who are looking for a tasty, freshly prepared alternative to traditional fast food restaurants. Using premium quality ingredients, Quiznos restaurants offer creative, chef-inspired recipes for sandwiches, soups and salads in more than 4,500 franchised restaurants throughout the world.

In October 2007, Quiznos was recognized for leading the QSR industry in wait time performance by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association's (MSPA) 2007 Wait Time Study. In May 2007, Zagat's consumer surveys listed Quiznos in the top 5 for Top Food, Top Facilities, Top Service and Top Overall, ahead of its direct competitors.

* The HR survey was taken by 513 people between August 13, 2009 and August 24, 2009.

**The employee survey was taken by 208 people between July 20, 2009 and July 22, 2009.

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