This thread is killing me. Who hired these employees that you need some kinda "Rules ..."?!? Throw that away. 1) RULE ... DO YOUR JOB. Hire people that have intelligence higher than potted plants. Stay off your phone ... or you're out. Wash your hands ... you idiot moron ... because you work in a kitchen ... or you're out. Criminy Pete ... If you're any kinda real boss we're not having this conversation.
I'm not a real boss, but I'll be one soon. These employees were cooks hired by the last chef or the one before that. I rehired two people that last chef fired for dish/support and just hired 3 people in the past two weeks. I didn't put up the rules of the kitchen, I agree with the earlier sentiments about sub par culture and this coming off as passive aggressive. Now, I acknowledge the mistake and it get's done. I'm very very slowly also learning from my kitchen manager as to how he handles people.
We were all talking about him during a smoke break and the guys really respect him. They said, " He's not trying to bust our balls or nothing, he just wants to get sh*t done."
In my head, I'm like wait, I thought that was something I was trying to do. He is able to effectively communicate to my cooks and hes been there like 4 shifts. So yes, I hope to be a real boss ...someday.