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Get your facts straight please

Posted by: Shaun ( Burger King, USA ) on October 25, 1998 at 21:21:39:

In Reply to: destructive attitude posted by Wayne on October 24, 1998 at 11:14:54:

: You appear to have what can only be described and an autoctratic attitude towards dealing with staff. An attitude that would see turnover of staff for the simplest of mistakes.

I never have, and never will take disiplinary action against an employee who made a simple mistake. And I never said that I did either. You are putting words in my mouth.

: I do hope that you are not in a position where you have the ability to dismiss staff.

: When you take on staff whether you like them or not! as a business you are playing with people's livelihoods. To sack someone on the spot shows you absolute contempt for your fellow workers.

: People react in different ways, for different reasons.

: If a crew person has having issues with punctuality then I would take the time to find out WHY and may be HELP them get through their predicament if you can and they want help. Most people I know won't ask for help because of attitudes like yours ( for fear of retribution )

Before you make yourself look like a total ass again, please read what I wrote the first time. I said any worker who walks out on thier shift to join a protest against the company should be fired. Whether you work at McDonalds or anywhere else. Where the hell did you get the idea of me firing somebody for punctuality? I sent one girl home after she came in late because she continually didn't show up for work without calling, even though she kept telling us it wouldn't happen again. How else are these people going to learn? In the real world, at a real job, you would be fired for such a thing, and your boss will not keep giving you second chances, we are being more than fair. We are flexible, whereas a real job is not so much.

: I bet if you took a friendly and concerned approach you would have a much better chance of addressing the situation and keeping an employee who may be very good.

I do. Most managers I know do also. I am on very friendly terms with the employees, but that doesn't mean I should let them break the rules

: A bet that staff who protest are not against the business but have been driven to that level of frustration by bosses who a not listening to staff, not concerned for their staff welfare and have your "sack'em now boy"!attitude to dealing with issues. Your staff will follow a goodleader not be beaten in to submission. Slavery went out ages ago!!

None of my employees have ever walked out on me or any other manager in the 3 1/2 years I've been at BK. Why? Because we do listen and care about them.

: If there were better handling of staff issues then unions may not be needed.

It looks as if unions aren't needed, because as of now, thare are no unionised BK's and maybe 2 or 3 unionised McD's, so it sounds to me as if the managers at those McD's need to learn how to treat thier staff better.

: McD's don't have a strong union following in NZ but people do have the freedom to join with out fear of reprisal. I think wer'e lucky that business owners in NZ appear to be more willing to listen in this country. We still have our fair share of arseholes as well.

: Take a gooooooodddd look at what your beliefs are mate because the one you appear to have will prevent you from ever having a successful business of your own. You'll have the wporld record for the highest staff turnover. And as Gill indicated could end you up with your own named set in the employment tribunal office.

Yeah, your right, our $2 million a year store doesn't seem to successfull

: Damn one eyed, green-horned, fire breathing managers really piss me off. It's bloody well not necessary to be like that!!

And I'm not. As I've said before, we are may times fairer to employees than bosses at real jobs are.

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