I haven't formerly introduced myself yet, but I have a bit of a predicament.
I live in small town, and am the acting exec chef at a new restaurant (previous exec runs another restaurant, I am now basically running the place, making the major financial decisions, he is just overseeing at this point).
What was placed before me was a staff of incredibly green crew who have either never worked in a kitchen in their lives, or were previously dishwashers.
I'm about 10 years older than the average age of my staff that I have under me, (I didn't hire them), and the biggest issue I'm having is the lack of urgency in these kids. Move, move, move. I feel like I'm trying to reach to people who enjoy treading mud. No matter how I try to approach them, it's in one ear and out the other.
My pickings in this town are limited in quality, and I feel that before I arrived here, it was "how many bodies can we squeeze in" rather than "who can move their ass and create consistent product?".
So, bottom line short, I'm overseeing a team of kids who either are there for a paycheck, or have no f'ing clue as to what they're doing, and training them up to MY standards is causing me serious time and money when I have a whole BOH to run. I come from a strict and regimented background as a sous and in the position I'm in now, I'm not sure what do to as to hire/fire. I've given the end of the world talks as, if you can't pick up your speed, your hours are going to be cut; but this leaves me with just more work to do. I have a girl that graduated from LCB (!) who can't chif 1# basil in less than an hour. I'm about to pull my hair out.
Any thoughts to this? I used to run a crew of 20, 500 covers in 6 hours daily, in a major city, and now I'm in a small town in a smaller establishment but in a restaurant that is new and B-U-S-Y. I feel like I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to keep my standards up.
I might note, I'm female and my staff is entirely male minus the exception of the LCB "graduate" that can't even peel carrots without massive babysitting. Adding this because a) my staff is responsive to my guidance, but just doesn't get it or doesn't realize my role, even though.. it's my role. My passion is fully invested here, and I just want a decent staff of people who are trainable at this point. A couple of kids are improving, but holy hell, this is a challenge!
Thanks in advance!