I'm pissed at the ones who just walked out. A few of the crew kids thought it would be fun to walk out in the middle of their shift, on a busy Friday night, hoping to cause chaos. Didn't happen. Fortunately, we had managers and trainers from other stores in to help with proper training and they took over hosting and bussing duties.
Our general manager discovered via a cook that there were want ads on our website, for a GM position and a kitchen manager position. When he asked if his job was in jeopardy, the response from our new District Manager was, "Well, are you doing your job?" (he wasn't... he is why so any are jumping ship). He packed his stuff and left. Rumor has it that he went back to his former store and tried to get his kitchen manager job back, but was turned down when they found out he walked out of this job. If he had waited until he got fired, he could have collected unemployment. Now he's screwed.
As of now, about 20 employees that I can recall have left. We are in the process of hiring and training new servers and hosts, as well as cooks and dishwashers. Soon we will have an entirely new staff working here! And they will all be trained properly! Our former General Manager was filling the place with bodies, didn't matter if they had any kind of training whatsoever.
The thing is, with leaving a job like serving, when you go to a new restaurant, no matter how much experience you have, you are still the new kid on the block. You need to earn the right to get good hours, good sections and make decent money. You WILL be one of the first ones out every night. You WILL get the crappy stations to work in. You WILL get smaller sections until you prove you can handle more tables.
I did learn when I validate someone I get a higher hourly wage AND I keep their tips!! Woo hoo!!! I made an extra $50 on Monday night! So I'll work extra hours when they need me if that's going to happen! Validation is when a server in training takes tables and I follow them around to make sure they are doing everything correctly.
We have managers and trainers from a few of our other stores to help out, mostly from New York. We have a temporary General Manager until they can hire someone permanently. I want her to stay forever! I HEART HER A LOT!!! She's fun. She's energetic. She doesn't take shit from anyone, but is quick to bestow praise when she sees it. I've seen her sit down and have quite a few little "chats" with disgruntled employees. Our place of employment is supposed to be energetic and fun. These folks are bringing fun back to our jobs! She gave me $5 the other night for answering a question correctly!!
There are two in particular that I will be happy to see leave this place and I hope it's soon. They are both disrespectful and rude to fellow workers, me included. They both had chats with management and I'm guessing their days are numbered. Good riddance to them. I don't need negative rude people around me. I like my job and I want to have fun when I'm there. This is a new company. If you don't like the rules, there's the door. See ya later. Bye. There are so many people willing to take your job and play by the rules. We don't need you.
We are cleaning (literally, with soap and water and Windex and degreaser, etc.) our place up, really good. They are getting us tons of new equipment. Everyone is getting proper training. We are going to be awesome!!
And in other news.....
While I was at work yesterday I had a visitor! It was none other than Matty from Matty Thoughts!! Matty stopped by to say hello! We've been reading each others blog for a couple of years now, and we live not far from each other. Matty's been telling me he was going to drop by one of these days and yesterday he did! He happened to be in the mall where I work and dropped in to see if I was working. We didn't have much time to chat, since I had tables to take care of, but we did get to chat for a minute. It was a pleasure meeting you, Matty! You look just like your picture!
And a great big WAY TO GO and an OO-RAH for our Navy Seal Team who took out Osama Bin Laden! Even if the photo going around Facebook is a fake, I still think it's a good look for him! And we can handle anything those extremists throw at us! Maybe now, some of the 3,000+ families can have some peace and closure. God Bless America!