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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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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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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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If a multilingual employee fails a certification exam in English, should an operator pay for a retake in another language?

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 In most cases, operators have little control over a staff strike. However, a warning does provide the opportunity to get prepared.

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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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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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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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No matter how management tells the story, layoffs are not pretty. They may be necessary, but leadership can help reduce anxiety and fear with a plan in place.


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