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The Restaurant Manager’s Survival Guide: 10 Things That Could Doom Your Career

In the restaurant industry, your image and reputation as a manager are crucial to your success. But, did you know that there are certain things that everyone does, that can damage that image? Here are 10 things that can damage your image and restaurant management reputation:


  1. Answering Your Cell Phone: While it may be acceptable in some environments to be on your cell phone at work, it is a definite ‘no no’ for management candidates. Cell phones take away your focus from what’s happening in the real world, and it can take up to 15 minutes to regain your focus. This lost time is costly for the restaurant.


  1. Social Networking: Having Facebook open in the background on your computer creates suspicion among managers. They may wonder how much time you waste in a day and whether they can trust you with more responsibility.


  1. Mentally Arriving Late and Leaving Early: Managers are looking for people who will help get the day started or solve problems, which is why they notice those who arrive at work and take an hour to wake up or mentally clock out 30 minutes before the end of the day.


  1. Are You a Giver or a Taker? Managers see two types of people: givers and takers. Givers add to their job and environment, solve problems, and take quick action to finish a job. On the other hand, takers drain everyone emotionally, don’t finish tasks, and are toxic to the workplace.


  1. Gossiping: Gossiping creates a toxic environment and can damage your reputation as a manager.


  1. Taking Credit for Others’ Accomplishments: Managers notice when someone takes credit for something they didn’t do. It shows a lack of integrity and damages your reputation.


  1. Not Paying Attention to Detail: In the restaurant industry, attention to detail is crucial. Managers look for people who notice the little things and take pride in their work.


  1. Not Taking Responsibility: Managers look for people who take ownership of their mistakes and take action to correct them.


  1. Not Being a Team Player: Restaurant management is all about teamwork. Managers want people who are willing to work with others and take on tasks outside of their job description.


  1. Being Late: Being late shows a lack of responsibility and can start the day off on the wrong foot.


In conclusion, while these things may seem innocent, they can damage your image and reputation as a restaurant manager. So, be aware of these habits and take steps to correct them to become a successful restaurant manager.


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