I paid for my first two years of college by working as a night manager in a restaurant. A lot of our jobs paid the minimum wage, so the work was not terribly complicated. However, to keep our customers (and the health department) happy, jobs had to be done correctly. With most new-hires, I did quite a bit of the initial training so that I knew that they had received proper instructions and understood our expectations.

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Written by businessavante
1496 days ago

Interesting, Laura.

Most restaurants were so desperate in the '90's, the only thing an employee had to do was show up - sometimes, and be on-time once in a while. Management/owners/franchisees needed bodies at stations, and they settled - big time. (People who punched holes in walls weren't fired, for example.) The one benefit of working in a restaurant then was that you knew the place next door was desperate for help if things went bad where you were.

I've also worked with some younger people still living with their parents who just wanted money for clothes, booze, and cigarettes - so their work ethic was non-existent. That was when I realized that the work ethic - not fatherhood (especially in light of dead-beats & abusers), is what separates a man from a boy. But I also had the pleasure of working with young people who Did have an adult work ethic.


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