What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
General / Operations Manager in Garland:
"The job has a high stress level."
You must pay equal attention to your people, equipment, and planning. You cannot ignore the employees concerns or issues, as they are the tires on the road. Employees want to be appreciated, and they want it to be shown. Salary does not always make a happy content employee.
If it is possible, shake every employees hand when you hand them their paycheck, and thank them for their service. If you are engaged with your team, it will pay off ten-fold on the companies success.
Do not let them see you sweat, if things are stressful you must not pass the stress to the workforce. Let them know you have faith in their abilities, and plan, plan, plan.
General / Operations Manager in Maryville:
"Take The Time To Invest In Your Employees."
What ever you do, invest in your employees. When an employee is happy the guest you are serving will be happy.
General / Operations Manager in Minneapolis:
Know your worth to the organization and fight for proper pay and benefits.
General / Operations Manager in Rochester:
"Don't Work For A Small Business Owner."
Do not work for a small business owner unless they really seem to have a strong plan and vision in place for their company.
General / Operations Manager in Frankfort:
"You Must Be Perfect."
In school, 90% correct is typically an "A". An "A" maxes out your GPA points, and that is what is shown on your transcript. In school, if you get an A then you look perfect. You look like you achieved everything you could possibly expect to achieve. In the workplace, A might as well stand for "amateur". Because, if you do a report or project and have a single number wrong in a presentation and it's caught then the rest of your entire project will come into question and everyone will instantly become almost paralyzed with uncertainty. So, your best case thing to do in school, or in work, is to get used to checking your work, having colleagues check your work and accept and understand that your goal should not be 90% work but work that you could bet your job and your life and your family's life that it is 100% correct. Might not be possible, but if 99% of the time you are 100% correct, that will be a start.