You're a Bad, Bad Manager!!!
So in addition to my "Restaurant Species Guide" which I promise to add to next post I've decided to do a few of my favorite management blunders.
Here is the first.
Desperate for good press after an appearance in "Dirty Dining" on the local CBS affiliate and less than stellar reviews in multiple local papers, my old restaurant had the corporate marketing suits come up with a few brilliant schemes.
And I do mean schemes.
The "Best of Des Moines" feature was coming up in a local alternative newspaper...
The paper depended on votes from the local community for various categories such as "Best Business Lunch," "Best Overall Restaurant," "Best Food" and such...
Well our assistant manager walked in with stacks of dozens of voter forms and informed the staff that the corporate marketing managers had decided that we were to vote for our restaurant.
You heard me right, they wanted us to vote for our own restaurant for the above topics and send them in.
He wanted each of us to fill out ten forms each and they'd send them in.
Democracy in action right there.
I laughed in his face and walked away.