The honeymoon is over

Discussion in 'Professional Chefs' started by gunnar, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. gunnar

    gunnar

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    So before I got my promotion to Chef at work we have had a problem child who just doesn't get that breaks have a set limit and start when you are not doing your work, not when your done making yourself breakfast. So i was hauling in the order today and notice issuesboy packing a plate of food out back. On my way I in I check the clock and it's five minutes till the hour. I keep putting away the order and check on the clock ...it's ten after. I go outside and around the corner and there he is texting, smoking and has a clean plate. i make the glance at my watch gesture and say "Really? Still on break?" and get the reply of "Mind your own business, besides you don't even have a watch on."  Now the real problem comes in that I actually don't have any authority yet. I can't write him up and he knows it, the best I can do is complain to a manager that is in about 2-3 days a week. He will be in tomorrow and I will be talking to him about this issue but any advice in the meantime?
     
  2. chefbillyb

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    Hey Gunnar, you will be in charge in time, he will be gone in time........have a nice time, guess who has the hammer....Good luck buddy.....................
     
  3. thetincook

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    "I actually don't have any authority yet. " Gonna have problems till you get this fixed.
     
  4. gunnar

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    yeah....that about sums it up I guess.
     
  5. leeniek

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    I had a KS like that and he would take a half hour bathroom break and then take his lunch break... so for at least an hour the rest of us were doing his job so my way of dealing with it was to send him home as soon as I could.. we were doing his work for him anyway so why exactly was he getting paid??

    Hope the situation gets better for you soon!
     
  6. foodpump

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    No, I politely disagree with your assesment of "problem child", he does get it.  The dude knows what every bully who picks on little kids knows, and what every dog who licks his, uh... "privates" knows:

    -They will continue to do what they want to do until someone bigger than them comes along and stops them.

    If you don't have the power to discipline now, don't.

    DO NOT single the dude out, now or when you get your title.  If dude started before you, or it is a union shop, I guarantee you dude will retaliate.

    When you get your title, have a general kitchen staff meeting, and get HR or your direct superior there as well.  Exlplain your rules and consequences.  This way no one is singled out, and every one has had fair warning.

    Welcome to the mine field...... 
     
  7. gunnar

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    I simply spoke to my manager about it and he basically did as Foodpump described and told me to keep my nose clean too as he expects some retaliation as well. Seems this isn't his first rodeo. I have a grill cook out on medical leave right now but when he gets back due to budgets constraints it seems problem child is getting laid off, at least that's the plan for now. For me it's more about getting the kitchen to work as a team then trying to be in charge. For what it's worth the manager did catch him making his breakfast (ok, maybe my timing was really good too) watched him finish cooking it and informed him that he had 3 minutes of his break left to eat it in and if he wanted more time in the future to ask the actual grill cook to make him something while he worked till it was ready. Then we all got a lecture about break times and how they work :)
     
  8. chefhow

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    Do you write the kitchen schedules?  If so slowly but deliberately reduce his schedule, a 1/2 day here and there becomes a day which leads to 2 shifts cut...