How To Inspire Hotel/Restaurant Employees To Perform Better (Fast!)

Unfortunately your training employees maybe saying all the right things in front of you and then injecting less than flattering remarks or “pregnant pauses” when you or your managers step away.

Because most employees use their jobs to accomplish other goals, they are less invested with you to begin with and don’t value your business the way that you need them to. When these employees train new people they are quick to point out managerial and operational problems, highlighting everything that may be wrong with your business and sharing with the new employee that they are only at your business in order to get to their end goal, shaking the confidence of the new employee and changing his or her perception that this is not the best place to work.

It is a frustrating scenario for everyone involved and dealing with it myself for several years this is what I came up with and wrote for my fellow managers:

Try telling your hotel or retail employees (Or your entire restaurant FOH staff) “How you train new employees will directly impact your income and how hard you have to work every day. Would you like to correct fewer mistakes, enjoy a fun upbeat team environment, make twice as much money and have a more solid co-workers supporting you 100% of the time? It’s all in how you train your new hires.

Training is everything and the more you train new hires to appreciate your restaurant, hotel or retail business, it’s owner, managers and the existing team, the more you are actually training them to support you, make money FOR you and bolster you when you need help. If you train new employees that yours is an average business, restaurant or hotel with short comings, has short-tempered co-workers, shortsighted managers, bad staff meals, inconsistent or slow kitchen staff, inattentive or micromanaging owners or managers, and ignored equipment repairs, you will actually be doubling your own work load and you don’t even know it. You will actually be training your new team to bring you down when you need to be brought up the most.

If you incorporate eye-rolling or sarcastic remarks in your training you are actually teaching any new hire to work less, feel unenthusiastic, sell less, create short-cuts, look for ways to create smoke or text breaks instead of keeping side-work, customers and sales flowing or ever helping you when you need it.

You will make less money and work harder, longer hours and leave with less energy and enthusiasm for your family and life goals when you train with indifference or disdain.

New hires will be less effective and less effective, less productive and actually cost you time and money when you highlight anything but the very best of the business. You actually control the mood, spirit and income of the entire restaurant or hotel when new employees are in your hands. You should not take this responsibility lightly.

Showing new hires the tricks to check your phone mid-shift, chew gum, be disrespectful to managers, slack off, “cheat the clock” or in restaurants: stand in front of a computer when you have no orders to put in instead of helping to run food or drinks or engage new guests in order to book future reservations speaks volumes to the person you are training and the people watching you. When your new co-workers do these things, they will find themselves in “hot-water,” eventually let-go and you will have to start training someone new all over again which means twice as much work before you to get a team-member up and running and contributing equally. Attitude is everything and if you want the absolute most money (even if you only plan to be in this business for another week, train your new employees to appreciate all of the amazing things about your restaurant or hotel. Train them to constantly look for something to do, restock, run, clear, carry, double check or find customers to engage with and get new reservations from will directly create a path for you to be recognized and promoted, supported and thanked instead of watched, checked and micro-managed which is exhausting. Instead, create an environment of positiveness, support and more sales and your new co-worker will make you more money, give you more energy and more advancement plus guarantee you that you are always are welcome back should you ever decide to leave.

Leave the negativity, the side comments, eye-rolling, time stealing to people of less caliber who may just be on their way “out” but don’t know it and focus on the new way people make more money: by being supportive, collaborative exciting one another and showing leadership skills to help create the absolute best and strongest team, workday and bank account. Isn’t that what you want? To make the most money and have the most energy at the end of the day? Then train your new co-worker that this is the absolute best hotel, restaurant or retail store to work for, these are the best people to work with and the best people to work for. The systems that are in place here make it easy to make money, unlike many businesses, this is a well-oiled machine and when all the parts move together it creates amazing experiences, excitement, money, friendships and more customers plus feeds your future dreams. While other businesses come and go, try and fail, offer discounts and Groupons to get customers through the door, if you all work as a positive, polished, customer service focused team, you will never have to worry about looking for and training somewhere else. They can create an ever growing flow of repeat clientele by engaging customers to return, not taking short cuts, pitching and helping the team be better but that can only happen with your supportive, enthusiastic, high-caliber training. With your training they can create bigger spending, nicer, repeat, regular, effortless, fun customers for your team’s entire future.”

Tell your staff to train for the best, expect the best and be the best. How you do anything is how you do everything and training the people around you to create money, time and wealth for themselves and you is what the smart people do. Not so smart people create animosity, hardship and ill-will for themselves and the people around them and subsequently cost themselves money, energy, time and often their own jobs. Help your employees create the best for themselves by being the best and sharing this with your staff.

Affordable Luxury: Abu Dhabi’s Top 10 Best Hotels

When you are at the richest city of the world, Abu Dhabi, you should experience its nightlife, restaurants, bars and especially hotels. With some of the most lavish and luxurious hotels and resorts for tourists, Abu Dhabi is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Though the exciting locations lure every tourist to come back every year to this city for a perfect vacation, accommodation might be a great concern. The city’s exquisite hotels can be quite an expensive affair. But with the recent economic meltdown that has caused a decrease in tourist inflow, forced hotels to offer fierce discounts, sometimes even up to 65%. So, if you are planning a stay in Abu Dhabi, know the best hotels in your budget before you decide to pack your bags.

Here are the ten best hotels in Abu Dhabi that you can afford and enjoy.

1. Emirates Palace at West Corniche

This hotel proudly announces itself as a palace and not a hotel, and rightly so. This luxurious and self-proclaimed seven star hotel is one of the best luxury accommodations that Abu Dhabi has to offer. Intact with butler services, a 1.3 km private beach with imported white sand embankments, a water park and an innovative “pillow menu”, this is the cream of hotels.

2. Le Royale Meridien at East Corniche

This hotel is highly popular with travelling businesspersons as it offers high quality services, fine clubs and restaurants, plush rooms with comfortable furnishings and stunning views of the Gulf. It is classy and extremely professional.

3. This hot Shangri-la at Al Maqta

This palatial Venetian themed resort has a lot to offers its visitors. With its beautiful neo-Moorish architecture, an inbuilt Venetian waterworks system that resembles the rivers in Venice, with actual gondolas in it, this hotel is a treat for sour eyes. It includes attractive facilities such as a private beach I km long, 2 health clubs, several swimming pools, an in built shopping mall and some of the finest dining options in the whole of Abu Dhabi.

4. Hilton International at West Corniche

The Hilton is perfect for business or family trips due to its strategic location. It offers high end end amenities such as a private beach that offers a variety of water sports, fine restaurants and bars as well as luxury spa services.

5. Al Maha Arjaan, Rotana at East Corniche

This resort gives one of a kind studio apartments and premium suites at very convenient prices. Perfect for a short, private and comfortable stay, they offer central air conditioning, polished services and spectacular city views.

6. Beach Rotana Hotel and Towers at the Tourists Club Area

This is a perfect family vacation retreat with children’s playing areas, private swimming pools for adults and kids, squash and tennis courts, PADI drive, private beach, an amazing spa among other facilities. The prices are reasonable, and the rooms are extremely comfortable and homely.

7. Centro Yas Island at Yas Island

This new budget hotel gives you class and luxury at a very reasonable price. One of many such budget hotels, it is stylish and offers quality services and is also close to attractive tourist locations such as the Racing tracks and Links Golf club.

8. Le Meridian at Tourist Club Area

The best thing this recently remodeled resort offers is the plush and serene Meridien Village, complete with its assorted range of alfresco pubs and restaurants, clubs and cafes. With attentive services and modern comfortable rooms, the resort offers amenities such as a spa, swimming pool, a Haman and a popular nightclub.

9. The Grand Continental Flamingo Hotel at East Corniche

The hotel, with reputable services, modern technologies, a decent nightclub and gym, spa and swimming pool facilities, is a perfect value for money resort. Its proximity to the commercial and finance districts makes it an attractive location for those travelling on business.

10. The Al Diar Regency at East Corniche

The last on the list, this affordable and professional hotel is almost exclusively for those travelling due to business. With pretty kitchenettes and balconies that give a great view of the city or the sea, the hotel comes with an enhanced business centre to help tourists with their work. The facilities, along with good bars and restaurants, make this a dollar conscious traveler’s perfect getaway.

Now you know what resorts and hotels to look into, while planning your stay in Abu Dhabi. Visiting during off seasons is a wise choice, as you will be able to enjoy the best discounts during this time. So what are you waiting for, hurry and get your reservations done!

New York East Village Vegetarian Restaurants Are a Hub for Vegetarian Diners

The East Village, an east Manhattan neighborhood, has long been synonymous with art and culture. It has also become known as one of the most veg-friendly neighborhoods in New York. With over 27 vegetarian restaurants in a ten block radius, this unique neighborhood is a must-visit for diners searching for a true vegetarian experience.

East Village has a Unique Culture

The East Village began its legacy as an artists’ mecca in the 1950s. Located on the east side of Greenwich Village, students and artists were drawn to the area by the cheap rent and an existing bohemian population. By 1960, the neighborhood had become a hot spot for artists and musicians alike. Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin and Jeff Koons are just a few of the many artists who have frequented the area for both recreation and exhibition of their work.

Musicians also found favor. Musical performances over the past 50 years have included shows by The Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, The Who, Blondie and even Madonna. Rent, the 1996 Broadway musical set in the East Village, won four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The characteristic art-and-music culture of the neighborhood continues to this day.

Over the years, the neighborhood has become a veritable melting pot of cultures, lending an exceptional diversity to vegetarian restaurant menus. Nearby New York University and Cooper Union School of Art each attract an influx of both business and art students to the area. German, Polish, and Ukrainian immigrants draw on eastern European influences; Hispanic and Japanese residents have also left their mark on the local scene. With so many choices, East Village diners can often find a delicious vegetarian version of their family favorites.

Vegetarian Dining in the East Village

Thanks to heavily vegetarian student and artist populations, the East Village has spawned a wealth of vegetarian dining options. With a steady flow of customers, a vegetarian restaurant is a good investment, leading many owners to tailor their menu specifically to their vegetarian and vegan clientele. Additionally, many of the restaurant owners are vegetarian themselves, making them uniquely aware of the dietary needs and tastes of their diners.

Menus at a typical East Village vegetarian restaurant wanders far from the standard baked-tofu-and-vegetable fare offered outside of the neighborhood. Seitan sandwiches, grilled veggie pizzas, and handmade veggie burgers satisfy many a hungry appetite. For many vegetarians, the choices are endless, drawing diners from throughout NYC and beyond.

The East Village boasts its own unique culture dating back over 50 years. The influence of artists, musicians, immigrants and students have given to rise to some of best vegetarian restaurants in the world. A vegetarian restaurant in this one-of-kind neighborhood is well worth the visit.