Slow and cutting shifts...

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by leeniek, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. leeniek

    leeniek

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    This month so far has been brutally slow during the week. I know it's a seasonal thing and I have seen it before so it's not a big deal but we have had to cut shifts as there is just no work right now.

    I got the KM to agree to cutting my hours and the KS's so that things are fair. I was afraid we would lose good people if I didn't cut our hours as well and after we talked about it, he felt the same way. So as it stands, all of the hourly workers are down one shift a week but everyone has at least two shifts (the full timers have four) and no one is left with no shifts.

    The KS was less than impressed with having his hours cut but the KM explained to him that it is being done to everyone and we all need to take a hit for the team right now.

    For me.. I don't mind the extra day off for a little while.. there are a TON of things I need to do around the house and I want to start up an online business selling handmade baby clothes so that day will give me some time to do what I want to do.

    So how are things at your places? Is January slow for you guys too?
     
  2. gunnar

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    lol, it's so slow. I don't have a job right now.:rolleyes:
     
  3. leeniek

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    That's brutal, Gunnar. When I was at my last job I was the kitchen (chief cook and bottle washer lol) and it was so slow in January there that I was only in for lunch and the owners took care of breakfast themselves.

    Hope you find work soon!
     
  4. shipscook

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    Not much difference here, it is the slow season, but everyone is doing o.k. we do have two places that shutdown for the winter.

    in Seattle a few weeks back, word on the street was many people are having to cut back. and, at the airport, the server/bartender in Chilies said that place was closing along with several others in the airport. airport food and drink places have been hit hard since only passesgers can go into the area, seems current stiuation is compounding it?
    Hope we all do o.k.!!
    Nan
     
  5. leeniek

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    I was reading in the paper recently that a location of a sports bar chain (Philthy McNasty's) has shut down one of its locations here in Hamilton for good due to the recession and I am sure that more places will be doing the same until things turn around.

    Let's hope we all can manage to keep our jobs during these times.
     
  6. discgolfjoe

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    Working in a country club has its perks. I don't mean to brag, but my paycheck doesn't come from food sales, it comes from the members paying their monthly dues. It doesn't look like any of them are going anywhere soon, so I'm actually working over time some weeks with banquets and parties. Gunnar, I'm sorry, man, it's rough not having a job. Best of luck, I hope you find some work, buddy.
     
  7. leeniek

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    That would definitely have its perks for sure! We had a really good weekend (did over 500 each day) so that will definitely help make up for the dismal days we had early in the week. Things are starting to pick up though.. on Friday they had 250 and that is good for a Friday especially since we are only open for breakfast and lunch. I have enjoyed the days off.. one more to go and then it's back to work..lol