Kids these days!

November 8, 2011 at 9:11 am 4 comments

I must be getting old.  I want to go on a rant about kids these days.  Specifically 15 year olds.

If you ask any F&B person they’ll tell you that the manpower situation in Singapore is dire.  Citizens and PRs simply aren’t applying for the jobs.

I’ve been short-staffed on service crew for what seems like forever, so I decided to offer a high hourly wage for starting service crew members to see if more people would apply.  (7 SGD versus what seems to be an industry norm of 5.50 – 6.00 SGD).

Received 4 applicants who are Singapore citizens.  I suppose the timing of school holidays played a part – these were all 15 year olds applying.  Of course this is 4 more citizen applicants than my series of ads that ran on all the major job portals, so I was feeling happy.

I hired all 4.  3 of them lasted 1 day or less.  1 is still working at the restaurant (thank goodness).

Kid #1 and #2:  They were friends so applied together.  45 minutes late to the interview and extremely rude on the phone when they called me to find out how to get to the restaurant.  I figured I would give them a chance though.

First day of work – when asked to do anything, kid #1 would respond with “Why?” and ask why the other staff member (who was doing something else) couldn’t do it.  Horribly bad attitude, no initiative, and simply rude.  So I fired her.

Kid #2, second day of work. 1 hour into the shift says, "I think I’m sick, I’m going to leave.”  Let’s just say I was highly skeptical that she was actually sick.  So I fired her.

Kid #3: She applied via e-mail and on Wednesday afternoon we confirmed she would start on Friday morning.  Friday morning came, and she didn’t show up.  I wrote her and asked what happened and have not received a response.

The quest for staff continues.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. j0elle  |  November 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    I hear you. We’ve hired poly grads for jobs in an office environment and had people not turn up for interviews without notifying, work 3 days then go totally MIA and not even ask for those days’ pay… So much so that I try not to have any hopes of getting anyone decent so there’s less disappointment. Tough road. Ganbatte!

  • 2. lilian  |  January 6, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Horrible kids hah! Banned them from your SSB next time…haha

  • 3. Nur Fatin  |  November 15, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Hi. I’m 14 turning 15 in 14 more days. I would like to know whether the position is still open. Where the restaurant is too. I hope to get a reply from you soon. You can update me at my email, I’m looking forward to your email. Thank you. 🙂

  • 4. Selbsfahrlafette  |  October 29, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Sigh, at least those kids are treated reasonably….my manager just throws tantrums when she is forced to do the cleaning (lacking man power that’s why). Single-handedly cleaned all of the tables and served the customers alone during peak hour while she’s there cleaning the plastic cups that is obviously more important that serving the customer. Bullocks.


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