So for the time since becoming AKM I had to really be a hardass with staff. (well hardass for me at least) Two days of inattentive and chatty staff and watching the reaction of the owners lead me to the verbal warnings I issued this morning. This is not my kitchen and if it was the individuals in question would not be employed with me but.. it is what it is and I can only do so much. So...Thursday when produce came in, I took four boxes of mushrooms to the same guys on the line who were chatting and I said.. since you have nothing to do , cook these off box by box on the grill, please. Did they do that.. nope.. I went back on the line fifteen minutes later and said.. can you tell me why we still have raw mushrooms here as I asked you to fire them fifteen minutes ago??.. the response was.. we were busy.. and my angry retort was.. yeah chatting not cooking or working so haul some ass and get this shit done.. i am sure they thought I was PMSing or having that menopause thing as I am nearly that age.. they gave me further attitude and I gave them a choice.. to the freaking work or get lost and I will hire people who will work. Today with these two was a case of same crap different pile and frankly I want them gone. While one of them is a good closer the other is sketchy and I am sure if we look we can find some good people. Last time I looked the schedule was set in stone and if it says you need to be in at 8am then dammit you need to be there and not take it as a guideline. I have writeups prepared for four staff members and how they perform tomorrow will determine whether I shred the write up or sit them down and actually write them up. They have had verbal warnings so it is up to them now to show me that they can either rise to it or not. I have to thank all of you here for allowing me to vent and bitch and learn! You all are awesome!!