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To get on the same page with your younger staff, you have to take the time to listen and explain.

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Try to make the conversation as comfortable as possible for them. If an employee has grievances about the work environment, you might be able to accommodate them.

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My feeling is that phones distract staff from prioritizing guests, and introduce an unnecessary and unsanitary item into a foodservice setting.

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For English language learners, I always recommend they ask for the exam in their native language so they would have the advantage of a bilingual exam.

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Your team is unhappy about something and wants to get your attention. You can lower your chances of facing a protest or petition through creating an open environment.

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It can be tricky to find the balance between listening to your team’s point of view and avoiding giving your power away. You may accept many or few recommendations.

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Employees need to be brave enough to get out of our comfort zones and explore the soft skills that complement our abilities to provide exceptional hospitality.

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Your two shifts disagreeing is really a teamwork problem. Of course each shift has their immediate goals, but your operation is much larger than that.

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The short answer is yes, but with a strategy. Use review sites to listen to your customers, because they are talking. Then develop a strategy with your team.

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An employee manual can be a valuable tool for your operation, but it is only effective when used correctly. addressing these points should alleviate missteps.

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